25. February 2021

Showcasing Bands 2021: European Jazz Meeting (Part 1)

jazzahead! digital 2021 will present 32 showcasing acts in three categories: German Jazz Expo, Europen Jazz Meeting and Overseas Night. From 29 April to 2 May, 2021, jazzahead!'s digital stage will be filled with world-class acts, an impressive selection of large ensembles and for the very first time, a very substantial number of bands led by women. Get to know the bands beforehand in our blog!
18. February 2021

Showcasing Bands 2021: German Jazz Expo (Part 2)

jazzahead! digital 2021 will present 32 showcasing acts in three categories: German Jazz Expo, Europen Jazz Meeting and Overseas Night. From 29 April to 2 May, 2021, jazzahead!'s digital stage will be filled with world-class acts, an impressive selection of large ensembles and for the very first time, a very substantial number of bands led by women. Get to know the bands beforehand in our blog!
11. February 2021

Showcasing Bands 2021: German Jazz Expo (Part 1)

jazzahead! digital 2021 will present 32 showcasing acts in three categories: German Jazz Expo, Europen Jazz Meeting and Overseas Night. From 29 April to 2 May, 2021, jazzahead!'s digital stage will be filled with world-class acts, an impressive selection of large ensembles and for the very first time, a very substantial number of bands led by women. Get to know the bands beforehand in our blog!
22. January 2021

Brexit Blues. A few reflections

By Sebastian Scotney
21. December 2020

LUSITANIAN EXPLORATIONS by Henning Bolte

Portugal the country on the outer European Atlantic shore not only has the highest ocean waves. It has a distinctive, culturally marked jazz scene: colorful, free-spirited, and in motion. Presence and visibility of Portuguese musicians has been growing over the past years at jazzhead! All the more reason to take a closer look at the state of jazz in Portugal, its domestic dynamics and international connections. As a long-time connoisseur and critical external observer of jazz and free improvisation in Portugal, Henning Bolte, the author of this article, explores the scene as a whole. The article takes you on a tour through Portugal, provides a topography and history of the country’s jazz hotspots and cornerstones with main artists, labels, protagonists and also touches on self-organization and funding facilities to develop its potentials, international presence and impact.
13. November 2020

Wallonie-Bruxelles Musiques and their 2020 export strategy

During an ever-changing year of 2020 we have encountered several initiatives that have taken their export actions to another, mainly online level and did so with extraordinary success. In our digital action we want to introduce you to some of those. We have talked to Julien Fournier of Wallonie-Bruxelles Musiques with questions about their strategy and actions. Wallonie-Bruxelles Musiques (WBM) in Belgium is a public agency specialized in supporting export for the region
18. August 2020

jazzahead! 2021: launch of new digital concept

Doesn’t the time until the next jazzahead! in April 2021 seem endless? We feel the same way! Which is why we want to be even more in touch with our participants, visitors and the jazz scene all year round.
So, along with the registration we are also launches various digital offers:

jazzahead! Blog: With the newly established jazzahead! Blog we are creating an online magazine that will feature scene relevant content and articles as well as podcasts. The articles, videos and podcasts revolve around people, topics and regions of the international jazz scene. Peter Schulze from the artistic direction speaks with experts from the German and international jazz scene. And for a small series jazz personalities reveal their views on German jazz and their current recommendations for jazz made in Germany.

Virtual Sessions: This is an exclusive highlight and service for those registered for jazzahead! 2021. 2021 jazzahead! participants will receive access to monthly virtual sessions starting in September 2020. These sessions are panel-like discussions with a podium of speakers. The first online session is planned for 28 September and it will present best practice stories and examples. Each of the monthly session will focus on one scene relevant topic.

Live Panels: on our jazzahead! Facebook page we will broadcast short, scene-relevant and practice-oriented conversations via live stream, where jazzahead! will introduce exhibitors and initiatives. The participation is free of charge.

Have fun exploring this new part of jazzahead! and our website!
We can’t wait to be together again in April 2021 and hope to see many of you online until then!
18. August 2020

Jazz: Life Among Disasters from its very beginning / by Francesco Martinelli

Considering the fact that corona is not the first global crisis that the world (not only jazz) had been confronted with, we asked experienced Italian historian Francesco Martinelli to take a closer look into history how especially jazz had dealt with disasters of comparable impact and what helped him to survive.
17. August 2020

Silvervest: Zombik & Caloia – Sala Rossa 2020

Silvervest was selected to play the Canadian program during jazzahead! CLUBNIGHT.
Fortunately, they got to play at Sala Rossa in Montreal's Casa del Populo and we get to share their gig with you!
We are looking forward to welcoming Canada back as our partner country next edition and with it a wide and fabolous range of jazz and music from Canada.