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.
„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."
Showcase Modules 2020
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
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
Saturday, 25 April 2020 · 2 PM
- for formations from Germany
- majority of the band members are resident in Germany
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
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:
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.
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. :
- Country of origin (does not apply for GJE and the night of the partner country)
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.
40 Bands - 3 days and nights
In January 2020 we will announce the line up.
The application for jazzahead! 2020 ends on 31 October 2019.