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jazzahead! 21 COMPACT

The Jazzahead! Compact is online!

jazzahead! digital 2021 was a special moment for the industry: For the first time, the international scene did not meet in Bremen in April, but online on a professional platform due to the pandemic. During four days, panels, lectures, workshops, meetings and last but not least 31 showcase concerts presented the current topics and news of the jazz community.

We have now compiled the contents in a "jazzahead! 2021 Compact" - and besides the overviews of what took place in 2021, you will find some content to relive for everyone, even the non-registered! Enjoy the review and outlook as well as the 31 showcase concerts of jazzahead! digital 2021.



Recaps & Outlooks

Our 2021 professional program was compiled of sessions of our exhibitors and our own topics. Here is an overview of all sessions at jazzahead! digital 2021 with the option to even watch some of them!

Country portraits & concert recordings

Plataforma Jazz España

Clara Ares, Plataforma Jazz España

Marina Fernandez, Plataforma Jazz España

The emerging Catalan jazz scene

Neus Mèlich Checa, (ICEC)- Catalan Arts

This Is Irish Jazz

Kenneth Killeen, Improvised Music Company

CLOSE UP : A Virtual Concert presented by Sounds Australia & Australian Music Centre


Canadian proactivity during the pandemic

Heather Gibson, National Arts Centre

Heidi Fleming, Fleming Artist Management

Alain Bedard, Effendi

Judith Humedinck, Judith Humeninck Productions

Claudine Cinq-Mars, Conseil quebecois de la Musique

Jazz Festivals Associations and export projects: the case of Spain and Italy

Marina Fernandez, Plataforma Jazz Espana

Corrado Beldi, I-JAZZ

Enrico Bettinello, Novara Jazz, Centro santa Chiara Trento

Xavier Barcelo, Fira B!

Moderator :
Ralf Dombrowski

Australia - ist not that far! Understanding the Australian Jazz Landscape

Panellists :
Andrea Keller
, Pianist / Composer / Educator

Jeremy Rose, Saxophonist / Composer / Label

Hadley Agrez, CEO & Program Director Melbourne International Jazz Festival

Moderator :
Jane Cornwell
, Journalist

Go to Cuba! Jazz Plaza Festival & Primera Linea Music Forum in Havana, January 2022

Roberto Fonseca, Musician, Artistic Director Jazz Plaza Festival

Indira Fajardo, President Cuban Music Institute

Jorge Gomez, President Cubadisco Award

Nilda Rivero, Coordinator Jazz Plaza Festival

Jazz in Latvia 2021

Latvian Music Information Centre

JAZZ:LX - Enter Luxembourg's jazz world!

Kultur | lx

Jazz Club The Netherlands

Dutch inJazz

Introducing Danish Jazz


Futura: The sound of Italian Jazz

Italia Music Export

Sessions for organizers


Barry Spooren, Head of Promotion, Le Guess Who

Jacques Figueras, Director & Manager

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For Festival and Club Organizers: Challenges of the next Programming Season

Nadin Deventer, JazzFest Berlin, Berliner Festspiele

Giambattista Tofoni, EJN

Carine Zuber, Moods,

Mike Bindraban , Good Music Company

Moderator :
Karolina Juzwa
, Wytwórnia Foundation / International Jazz Platform

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Sessions for musicians

Jazz Migration and the role of promoters towards emerging artists

Martyna van Nieuwland, Katowice JazzArt Festival

Steve Mead, Artistic Director at Manchester Jazz Festival

Philipe Ochem , Director at JazzDor Strasbourg and Jazzdor Strasbourg-Berlin

Antoine Bos, General Secretary at AJC

Marie Persuy, Head of Jazz Migration

#StreamsAreMyReality: Digital Marketing and Streaming Projects for Artists

Roman Sladek, Jazzrausch Bigband Beat

Beat Halberschmidt, Berta Berlin

Lars Döring, Gretchen Berlin

Neus Lopez, Initiative Musik gGmbH

What should emerging artists do today?

Jennifer Harrington, Marketing Director, Blue Note Jazz Club (New York)

Justin McKenzie, Creative Director & Co-Chief Executive, Jazz Re:freshed (London)

José James, Singer, Co-Founder, Rainbow Blonde Records (Amsterdam)

Maarten Walraven, Stingray DJAZZ

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Jazz musicians all over Europe unite!

Urs Johnen, Deutsche Jazzunion e.V. Fleurine, BIM- Beroepsvereniging Improviserende Musici

Pedro Cravinho, Portuguese Jazz Network

Barbara Gessler, Head of Unit Creative Europe, European Commission

Romeo Franz, Vice Chair of the Committee on Culture and Education of the European Parliament

What promoters want for now

Frank van Berkel, Bimhuis

Thomas Wingren, Fasching

Martyna van Nieuwland, Katowice JazzArt Festival

Annamaija Saarela
, G-Livelab

Future debates

Hybrid Business - How not to miss the chance to co-create the Next Normal

Claudia Schwarz, MusicTech Germany

Matthias Strobel, MusicTech Germany

Oskar Strajn, Eurosonic Noorderslaag (ESNS) | Groningen, The Netherlands

Philipp Grefer, WISE - The Future Festival & Think Tank | Beijing, VR China

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Anti-racist perspectives on Jazz in Germany

Vincent Bababoutilabo, Musician, Writer, Activist


Clubstudie 2021: First Nationwide Survey of Live Music Venues in Germany

Gunnar Gessner, Musikland Niedersachsen

Yvonne Moissl, Deutsche Jazzföderation

Heiko Rühl, University of Cologne

Lisa Andersohn
, Initiative Musik

A springboard for the German jazz scene: Evaluation of the GERMAN JAZZ EXPO as part of the jazzahead! trade fair and its significance for the German jazz scene in an international context

Jakob Fraisse, Social Scientist

Eva Klesse, Artist

Ralf Dombrowski, Journalist

Jeff Levenson, Levenson Creative Group


Goethe-Institut Music Division: “Funding opportunities – an overview”

Theresa Hueber, Goethe-Institut

Leonhard Heydecker, Goethe-Institut

Portrait 2021 (Dot Time Records)

Jo Bickhardt, Dot Time Records

Jerry Roche, Dot Time Records

Music in Kindergarten and Elementary School: Jazz up-cycling

Mascha Corman, Musician

Jakob Fraisse, Social Scientist

Silent Experience with Marin Subasic and Dave Goodman (Yamaha Music Europe)

Yamaha Music Europe GmbH

Program presentation Cologne Jazzweek 2021

Janning Trumann, Cologne Jazzweek

New Austrian Taste of Music | Networking Event

Reanne Leuning, Advantage Austria

Jazz thing Next Generation

Volker Dueck, Jazzthing

Studies & Evaluations

From Initiative Musik’s „Clubstudie“ to an interview with our show host Götz Bühler, let’s read and get deeper into the program…

jazzahead! digital had a focus also on the newest research  - learn more!