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 2020, the Showcase Festival consists of:

23 April 2019 Canadian Night
24 April 2019 European Jazz Meeting
25 April 2019 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+


Showcase Modules 2020

Canadian Night

8 Showcases
Thursday, 23 April 2020 · 7.30 PM

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

European Jazz Meeting

16 Showcases
Friday, 24 April 2020
Day Showcases from 2 PM
Night Showcases from 7.30 PM

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

German Jazz Expo

8 Showcases
Saturday, 25 April 2020 · 2 PM

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

Overseas Night

8 Showcases
Saturday, 25 April 2020 · 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.


The application phase for showcases at jazzahead! 2020 has already ended on 31 October 2019.

Of course, you still have the opportunity to attend jazzahead! 2020 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 jury members will be announced here in early 2020.

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.
The jury members will be announced here in January 2020.

Line Up

40 Bands - 3 days and nights

In January 2020 we will announce the line up.


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.

Register as participant
Buy visitor tickets