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+


Showcase Modules 2022

Canadian Night

This line-up will be transferred from last year. Applications are not possible. Canadian bands may submit their proposal for the Overseas Night.

8 Showcases
Thursday, 28 April 2022 · 7.30 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
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, 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 · 7.05 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 has begun. The application deadline is November 4, 2021.

Only one application per module can be submitted. The same band cannot apply for multiple modules. The application is made via an online application form that you can find after your registration in the participants portal. Simply fill in all the information asked for in the form, upload the required material and send the application.

Our guide with information on the application form

Download Guide as PDF
If you have questions, you can contact Insa Stanke.

This is how the band application works:

Line Up

40 Bands

We will announce the program for 2022 here in December 2021.
The Canadian Night selection will be transferred to 2022, when Canada will be partner country.

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.
We will announce the 2022 jury after the line up announcement in December 2021.


How you can see the showcase concerts live

With a jazzahead! registration you can see the showcases.
As soon as it is certain whether we can sell concert tickets to non-registered, we will inform you here.