Showcases — jazzahead!


28 - 30 April 2022

Jury selected program

"Showcases" are the 30- to 45-minute short concerts at jazzahead! which are open to the general public and at the same time part of the trade fair. 40 jazz highlights and current formations from all over the world can be experienced on three days and nights on the stages of Hall 7 and the Kulturzentrum Schlachthof.

jazzahead! is not a regular festival for which bands are booked, but an international industry get-together with an integrated showcase festival. Bands that play one of the 40 showcase concerts have previously applied and are selected by international expert juries.

Showcase Festival 2022
40 bands from Germany, Europe and overseas as well as the partner country will be chosen from all applications by the international juries and will be invited to play their Showcase concert live in Bremen.
In 2022, the Showcase Festival consists of:

28 April 2022 Canadian Night
29 April 2022 European Jazz Meeting
30 April 2022 German Jazz Expo and Overseas Night

„The showcase has been a great chance for David Helbock and his colleagues and we succeded in getting a number of promoters and festivals to take interest in the band."

Eva Mikusch, kunst+


Line Up

40 Bands

These bands play in the upcoming jazzahead! showcase program. The exact schedule will be published soon here

Canadian Night
28 April 2022

Audrey Ochoa (CA)
Carrier, Lambert, Edwards (CA)
François Bourassa Quartet (CA)
Itamar Erez quartet (CA)
Larnell Lewis (CA)
Marianne Trudel + John Hollenbeck: Dédé Java Espiritu (CA)
Silvervest (CA)
Steph Richards (CA)

European Jazz Meeting
29 April 2022

Alba Careta Group (ES)
Antoine Boyer & Yeore Kim Quartet (FR)
Antonio Lizana (ES)
Daniel García Trio (ES)
Fergus McCreadie (GB)
Ikarus (CH)
Jazz Forum Talents (PL)
Kathrine Windfeld Big Band (DK)
Modern Art Orchestra (MAO) (HU)
Naïssam Jalal & Rhythms of Resistance (FR/SY)
Pierre Bertrand "COLORS" (FR/SE)
Teis Semey Quintet (NL/DK)
Tijn Wybenga & AM.OK (NL)
German Jazz Expo
30 April 2022

Clara Haberkamp Trio (DE)
Fuchsthone Orchestra (DE)
Jens Düppe Quartet (DE)
Keno Harriehausen Quartet (DE)
Linntett (DE)
Magro (DE)
Vincent Meissner Trio (DE)

Overseas Night
30 April 2022

Brekky Boy (AU)
Caixa Cubo (BR)
Chico Pinheiro Quartet (BR/US)
Melissa Aldana Quartet (US)
Ofer Mizrahi Trio (IL)
Quartabê (BR)
Sofia Rei (US/AR)
Tobias Meinhart - The Painter (US)

Showcase Modules 2022

Canadian Night

8 Showcases
Thursday, 28 April 2022 · 6.30 PM

  • formations from the partner country Canada
  • majority of the band members are resident in Canada

European Jazz Meeting

16 Showcases
Friday, 29 April 2022
Showcases from 2 - 11.15 PM

  • Formations from Europe
  • majority of band members have their residence within Europe; except Germany and Canada

German Jazz Expo

8 Showcases
Saturday, 30 April 2022 · 2 PM

  • for formations from Germany
  • majority of the band members are resident in Germany

Overseas Night

8 Showcases
Saturday, 30 April 2022 · 7.00 PM

  • for formations from overseas / outside Europe
  • majority of the band members are resident outside of Europe

The assignment of the modules European Jazz Meeting and Overseas Night is geographically based - not political. Bands from Africa, the Middle East, Saudi Arabia or Asia are bidding on the Overseas Night. Bands / artists from Turkey and Russia are applying for the European Jazz Meeting


Geographical map for orientation which countries should apply for the European Jazz Meeting.


The showcase application phase for jazzahead! 2022 has endet on 4th November, 2021. We will announce the selection of bands in January 2022.

Of course, you still have the opportunity to attend jazzahead! 2022 and make use of the great networking possibilities the event offers.
To register as a (co-)exhibitor or as a professional participant see this information page.
Here you can read all terms and conditions for the showcases:

Preconditions jazzahead! Showcases

If you have questions, you can contact Insa Stanke.

Jury & Critera for band selection

All information about the jury and the respective selection criteria

The selection of jazzahead! showcase bands are held by annually changing expert juries. Each of the four showcase modules has its own jury team with at least seven jury members, festival and program directors from the international jazz scene.

The selection process consists of three phases: Firstly, the individual listening of all applications by the jury members and their online voting. This results in a short list of bands/artists. These arists/bands are then evaluated by different criteria via a points system. The third voting session will be hold with all jury members via telephone conference where the final program of the showcases will be discussed and decided.

Criteria for the first voting session
What counts: the main criteria for selection are musical quality and whether the band/artists is/are able to perform on an international level. Age, gender and origin are of no importance. The criteria for the second voting session will be communicated to the jury members with the short list of the bands - the result of this first voting session.

Second voting session
As for the first voting session now, for the second voting session, other criteria should be taken into account. :
  • Instrumentation
  • Country of origin (does not apply for GJE and the night of the partner country)
  • Gender

Also considered is the probability that the band will present exactly the line-up stated in the application and that the final program should present a wide stylistic range.

Uli Beckerhoff / jazzahead! (DE)
Peter Burton / Suoni Per Il Popolo (CA)
Atsuko Yashima /NHK Eterprise inc. (JP)
Mike Reed / Constellation Arts and Chicago Jazz Festival (US)
Rainbow Robert / Coastal Jazz (CA)
Frédéric Roy / Pannonica (FR)


Elisenda Bassas (Jamboree Jazz Club) / ES
Peter Baumgärtner (Hildener Jazztage - Sensitive Colours) / DE
Estelle Beauvineau (Association culturelle de l'été – Festival Rendez-vous de l’Erdre) / FR
Uli Beckerhoff (jazzahead!) / DE
Selin Celik (“Selin Celik Music Productions) / TR
Ken Field (New Edge Radio & JazzBoston) / USA
Justin McKenzie (Jazz Re:freshed) / UK
Pelin Opcin (Serious) / UK
Daniel Ryciak (Silesian Jazz Club Music Associatin) / PL
Francisco Sassetti (Philharmonie Luxembourg) / LX
Leonid Shinkarenko (Nida Jazz Festival) / LT
Mario Steidl (Jazzfestival Saalfelden) / AT
Frank van Berkel (Bimhuis) / NL


Christoph Huber (Porgy & Bess) / AT
Peter Schulze (jazzahead !) / DE
Lilly Schwartz (San Francisco Jazz) / US
Mark van Schaick (inJazz) / NL
Esther Weickel (Jazzclub Leipzig) / DE
Thomas Wingren (Fasching, Stockholm Jazz Festival) /SE
Lukas Wyss (the birds eye jazz club) / CH


Dan Atkinson (Western Jazz Presenters Network/Athenaeum Jazz) / USA
Roberto Fonseca (Jazz Plaza Festival) / CU
Cath Haridy (The Australian Music Centre) / AU
Hans Helleshøj Buch (Musikhuset Aarhus) / DK
Peter Materna (Jazzfest Bonn) / DE
Marieke Meischke (So What’s Next) / NL
Peter Schulze (jazzahead!) / DE


How you can see the showcase concerts live

With a jazzahead! registration you can see the showcases.
We are happy to announce that concert tickets for the showcases will also be available for non-registered visitors! Ticket sale has started!

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