jazzahead! 2023 started yesterday morning at MESSE BREMEN. One of the highlights of the first day of the trade fair was a major opening ceremony which was very well-attended. There was live music from, among others, two of Germany’ leading jazz musicians, trumpeter Till Brönner and bassist Dieter Ilg. The Mayor of Bremen, Andreas Bovenschulte, gave a welcome speech, underlining jazzahead!’s status as a major international event for Bremen. Heartfelt thanks and gifts were presented to Uli Beckerhoff and Peter Schulze as expressions of appreciation for their work over several years. Both men have helped to shape jazzahead! from its very early days; they are currently at the fair for the last year in which they will still be in their roles as joint Artistic Directors.
From 27 to 30 April, the city of Bremen morphs into a vibrant jazz metropolis for the duration of the 17th jazzahead! Fair and Festival. A special highlight of the festival is the presentation of the German Jazz Prize, which took place in Bremen for the second year in succession last night at Metropol Theater Bremen.
This year’s jazzahead! partner country is Germany. The festival offers a total of 36 showcase concerts in the exhibition halls 7.1 and 7.2 as well as in the Kulturzentrum Schlachthof. Other highlights include an evening of words and music with actor Sebastian Koch and pianist Hubert Nuss, and also the CLUBNIGHT on the Friday evening, which involves live performances in around 30 different venues.
Tickets for all events at jazzahead! and the festival are available at advance booking offices or by calling 0421 – 36 36 36 or from Nordwest Ticket via its own webshop. Tickets are also available from the ticket service in the Glocke (0421 – 33 66 99), in the press building of the Weser-Kurier, in all regional newspaper offices or online at www.jazzahead.de.