Projects of the Jazzclub Leipzig

Leipzig Jazz Days

The international Leipzig Jazz Days are one of the oldest and most renowned jazz festivals in Germany, which celebrated its great anniversary in 2016 with the 40th edition. Always in the fall, the Jazzclub Leipzig presents well over 100 musicians over 10 days. Big names and pioneers of jazz, as well as innovative newcomers, then play in the venerable Opera House and Playhouse, in the historic Congress Hall and in churches, but also in numerous trendy clubs and in the city's oldest cinema hall. With self-initiated projects, commissioned compositions and, above all, a thematic framework, the festival tries to reflect the zeitgeist of jazz: "Between Mahler and Miles," "Sound of Heimat," "Cinematic Jazz" or "Fine Arts" have been the titles of past years. The close connection to the Polish jazz scene also distinguishes the Leipzig Jazz Days from many other festivals. With the traditional "Jazz for Children" in the large opera hall, the festival also offers a cultural highlight for the whole family.

So far guest on the Jazztage stages

Eivind Aarset, John Abercrombie, Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra, The Bad Plus, Rebekka Bakken, Nik Bärtsch, Ketil Björnstad, Carla Bley, Lester Bowie, Till Brönner, Peter Brötzmann, Konrad Bauer, Johannes Bauer, Iva Bittová, James Carter, Ron Carter, Stanley Clarke, Arnett Cobb, Avishai Cohen, Ornette Coleman, Steve Coleman, Chick Corea, Larry Coryell, Dietmar Diesner, Wolfram Dix ,Urszula Dudziak, Johannes Enders, Bill Frisell, Fred Frith, Richard Galliano, Jan Garbarek, Egberto Gismonti, Kinga Głyk, Benny Golson, Nora Gomringer, Ronny Graupe, Philipp Gropper, Mark Guiliana, Ulrich Gumpert, Rigmor Gustafsson, Gunter Hampel, Gilad Hekselman, Arve Henriksen, Manfred Hering, Hidden Orchestra, Dave Holland, John Hollenbeck, Julia Hülsmann, Sophie Hunger, Abdullah Ibrahim, Maria João, Lee Konitz, Peter Kowald, Uwe Kropinski, Joachim Kühn, Rolf Kühn, Nils Landgren, Nguyên Lê, Jaki Liebezeit, Christian Lillinger, Arto Lindsay, Charles Lloyd, Albert Mangelsdorff, Branford Marsalis, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Brad Mehldau, Pat Metheny, Dominic Miller, Phil Minton, Marcus Miller, Nils Petter Molvaer, Alphonze Mouzon, Thomas Moritz, David Moss, Mouse on Mars, Leszek Możdżer, Heiner Müller, Gerry Mulligan, David Murray, Meshell Ndegeocello, Werner Neumann, Tony Oxley, Ernst-Ludwig Petrowsky, Michel Petrucciani ,Adam Pierończyk, Joshua Redman, Heiner Reinhardt, Marc Ribot, Sam Rivers, Monika Roscher, Terje Rypdal, Antonio Sanchez, Heinz Sauer, Helmut Joe Sachse, John Scofield, Alexander von Schlippenbach, Friedhelm Schönfeld, Irene Schweizer, Wayne Shorter, Jimmy Smith, Leo Smith, Günter Baby Sommer, Tomasz Stańko, Erika Stucky, Supersilent, Steve Swallow, Aki Takase, John Tchicai, Eric Truffaz, McCoy Tyner, James Blood Ulmer, Miroslav Vitouš, Mal Waldron, Dave Weckl, Bugge Wesseltoft, Cassandra Wilson, Norma Winstone, Nils Wogram, Michael Wollny, Victor Wooten, Joe Zawinul, Central Quartet, John Zorn et al.a.


The MusikZeit as the little sister of the Leipziger Jazztage has been dedicated since 1991 on the one hand to artists who have provoked or continued new developments in jazz music through their own innovative expression, and on the other hand it looks at cultural areas and their individual musical developments. In doing so, MusikZeit explicitly includes currents outside of jazz. So far, the jazz scenes of Switzerland and Scandinavia, the work of Frank Möbus and Johannes Enders, and the Denovali label have been highlighted in MusikZeit concerts.

So far guests at the MusikZeit-Festival ' Eivind Aarset, Poppy Ackroyd, Jan Bang, Rainer Böhm, Manfred Bründl, Uschi Brüning, [em], Johannes Enders, Lychee Lassi, Piano Interrupted, Wallace Roney, Der Rote Bereich, Alexander von Schlippenbach, Günter 'Baby' Sommer, Erika Stucky, Aki Takase and others.

Jazz Club Live

Since 2010, Jazzclub Leipzig has presented over 90 concerts a year in a club atmosphere, contributing to the city's diverse musical offerings: Jazzclub Live offers Leipzig's lively jazz scene a home venue on the one hand, and creates a place to attract international artists to the city all year round on the other. Whether young bands from the Hochschule für Musik und Theater play at Stage Night or big names honor the small club (The Bad Plus, Chris Cheek, Zentralquartett...) - the members of the Jazzclub make great concerts possible with their volunteer work.

Previous guests at Jazzclub Live ' The Bad Plus, Chris Cheek, The Claudia Quintet, Aaron Goldberg, Larry Grenadier, Eric Harland, Pablo Held, Julia Hülsmann, Arne Jansen, Killerfuchs, Eva Klesse, Klima Kalima, Shai Maestro, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Werner Neumann, Evgeny Ring, Reuben Rogers, Jorge Rossy, Rusconi, Trio Schmetterling, Friedhelm Schönfeld, Snarky Puppy, Spielvereinigung Sued, Tingvall Trio, Trio.Diction, Mark Turner, Nils Wogram, Michael Wollny, Zentralquartett and others.

Jazz calendar

The Jazzkalender is the monthly information brochure for "jazz and other music" in Leipzig and Central Germany. Announcements and editorial articles appear about jazz events, but also about those of electronic, contemporary and rock music. In addition to the online version, there is also a print edition, which is available free of charge in many restaurants, cafés and cultural institutions. Known as the "Jazzkalender" since 1992, it has been published under the name "Jazzreport" since 1978.


Leipzig Jazz Young Talent Award of the Marion-Ermer-Foundation

In cooperation with the Cultural Office and the Marion Ermer Foundation, we organize and host the annual award ceremony, including the prize winners' concerts. In addition, a member of the association is involved in the awarding of the prize in the board of trustees and jury. The prize serves to promote and recognize the artistic achievements of young musicians and supports the development of local jazz music.

Nationwide Jazz Young Talent Festival

For the event, the association provides some of the necessary equipment and supports the festival through intensive public relations work. The festival, which was originally co-founded by the Jazzclub Leipzig e.V., is organized annually by the Moritzbastei.

Jazz for kids

Every year, concerts with a special children's program are presented as part of the Leipzig Jazz Days. For the children, the impressive space of the large opera hall in particular is a special experience. At accompanying workshops, the children can playfully explore the instruments; not infrequently, this gives rise to the desire to learn one of them themselves. Before the concerts, there are various booths where children can find out more about the city's musical education programs, such as those offered by music schools. The concerts are free of charge for the children.

In addition, the association is involved in other events for children (children's jazz festival, children's jazz concerts, open day at the St. Georg Clinic) and cooperates with associations (Zonta, KidsJazz L.E.).


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