29 April – 1 May 2021

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.

In 2021, the Showcase Festival consists of:

29 April 2021 Canadian Night
30 April 2021 European Jazz Meeting
1 May 2021 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 - 3 days and nights

These bands play in this year's jazzahead! showcase program:

Canadian Night
29 April 2021

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
30 April 2021

Camilla George (GB)
Guy Salamon Group (NL)
KAMA Kollektiv (NL)
Kasia Pietrzko Trio (PL)
Kristina Barta Event Horizon (CZ)
LRK Trio (RU)
Luzia von Wyl Ensemble (CH)
Macha Gharibian (FR)
Nefertiti Quartet (FR)
Red Kite (DK/GB)
Rembrandt Frerichs Trio (NL)
Sun-Mi Hong Quintet (NL)
Synesthetic 4 (AT)
Théo Ceccaldi Trio (FR)
Torun Eriksen (NO)
German Jazz Expo
1 May 2021

Heidi Bayer's "Virtual Leak" (DE)
Hendrika Entzian+ (DE)
Johanna Summer (DE)
Nau Trio (DE)
The True Harry Nulz (DE)
Tilo Weber Quartet "Four Fauns" (DE)
Tobias Meinhart - BERLIN PEOPLE (DE)

Overseas Night
1 May 2021

Badi Assad (BR)
Connie Han Trio (US)
Etuk Ubong + The Etuk's Philosophy (NG)
Faraj Suleiman Trio (PS)
Melissa Aldana (US/CL)
Ron Minis Trio (IL)
SooJin Suh Chordless Quartet (KR)

Showcase Modules 2021

Canadian Night

8 Showcases
Thursday, 29 April 2021 · 7.30 PM

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

European Jazz Meeting

16 Showcases
Friday, 30 April 2021
Day Showcases from 2 PM
Night Showcases from 7.30 PM

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

German Jazz Expo

8 Showcases
Saturday, 1 May 2021 · 2 PM

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

Overseas Night

8 Showcases
Saturday, 1 May 2021 · 7.05 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.


There will be no showcase application phase for jazzahead! 2021. Since jazzahead! 2020 has been cancelled, we have decided to keep the showcase selection for the following year.

Of course, you still have the opportunity to attend jazzahead! 2021 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 (FR)


Karen Ng / TONE Festival (CA)
Ruud Ouwehand / De Tor Enschede (NL)
Jill Rodger / Glasgow International Jazz Festival (GB)
Anna Russkevich / The Dnieper Festival (UA)
Peter Schulze / jazzahead ! (DE)
Antonis Zouganelis / Athens Technopolis Jazz Festival (GR)


Alessandro Fedrigo / Nusica, Sile Jazz (IT)
Heather Gibson / Canada’s National Arts Centre (CA)
Emily Jones / Sage Gateshead (GB)
Peter Schulze / jazzahead ! (DE)
Fernando Sousa / Fundação Casa da Música (PT)
Maarten Van Rousselt / Flagey (BE)


Uli Beckerhoff / jazzahead! (DE)
Sebastian Brunner /moods club (CH)
Petr Cancura / Ottawa Jazz Festival (CA)
Selin Celik / Yeldeğirmeni Spring Jazz Festival (TR)
Maria Pia De Vito / Jazzfestival Bergamo / I-Jazz (IT)
Marina Fernandez / Jazzahara (ES)
Øyvind Skjerven Larsen / Oslo Jazz Festival (NO)
Kim Macari / Vortex Club (GB)
Matthias Wegner / Deutschlandfunk Kultur / (DE)


Uli Beckerhoff / jazzahead! (DE)
Lévy Bourbonnais / Off Festival de Jazz (CA)
Paul Grabowsky / Monash University (AU)
Therese Østby Haugen / Molde Jazz Festival (NO)
Neveen Kenawy / Bibliotheca Alexandrina (EG)
Annamaija Saarela / G Livelab Tampere (FI)
Benjamin Tanguy / Jazz à Vienne festival (FR)
Bengi Ünsal / Southbank Centre (GB)


How you can see the showcse concerts live

The jazzahead! showcase concerts can be seen by registered participants as well as visitors with concert tickets.

Soon we will provide you with information on ticket purchase for visitors here.

Register as participant