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The Leipzig Jazz Days - More than 40 years of jazz festival culture

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The Leipzig Jazz Days

The International Leipzig Jazz Days is one of the oldest and most renowned jazz festivals in Germany. In 2016, it celebrated its 40th anniversary.

Every autumn, the Jazzclub Leipzig presents more than 100 musicians over ten days – heavy-weights and jazz pioneers, as well as innovative newcomers. Concerts are played at the Opera and the Schauspielhaus theatre, in the historical Congress Centre at the Zoo, in churches as well as in numerous scene clubs and in the oldest cinema in the city, UT Connewitz.

With self-initiated projects, commissioned compositions and, above all, a thematic framework, the festival reflects the zeitgeist of jazz: "Between Mahler and Miles", "Sound of Heimat" or "Cinematic Jazz" were previous themes. Its close connection to the Polish jazz scene distinguishes the Leipzig Jazz Days from many other festivals. Thanks to the traditional "Jazz for Kids" in the large Opera concert hall, the festival also represents a cultural highlight for the whole family.

Leipzig Jazz Days 2018

The 42nd Leipzig Jazz Days serves musical delicacies under the motto "Fish 'n' Chips" from 11 to 20 October 2018. This programme, which will be organised by more than 100 international musicians at 13 locations, is dedicated to the musical heritage of Great Britain and its young, promising jazz scene.

In addition to well-established stars like Norma Winstone, Dave Holland and Joshua Redman, the festival also presents extraordinary festival projects and commissioned compositions performed exclusively in Leipzig. Among others Matthew Herbert's Brexit Bigband plays with the Vocalconsort Leipzig and musicians from the Hochschule für Musik und Theater "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" in the Schauspielhaus and Max Andrzejewski plays the commissioned piece "The Music of Robert Wyatt" in the Westbad.

German and British musicians are brought together at exclusive concerts in the series "Across the English Channel". Leipzig's internationally renowned jazz star Michael Wollny performs here with Leafcutter John and Alex Nowitz, Lucia Cadotsch with the London duo Tricko, and the young Hamburg-born Anna-Lena Schnabel with the pianist and composer of modern jazz, Florian Weber, among others. Christian Kögel sets Queen's music to music.

During the 42nd Leipzig Jazz Days, the Jazzclub Leipzig e.V. is funded by the City Office for Cultural Affairs, the City of Leipzig and the Free State of Saxony's cultural foundation, the festival premium partner Ur-Krostitzer, the BMW Leipzig branch and many others. This year, the Jazz Days are also being sponsored by the British Council and the Music Fund of the Israeli Embassy. 


The 43rd Leipzig Jazz Days

The 43rd Leipziger Jazztage (Leipzig Jazz Days) from 10 to 19 October 2019 are dedicated to the future - with music of the future! 

Jazz has been pushing forward for over 100 years: Out of the present, into the future. What do the global changes of our time mean for music? The 43rd Leipzig Jazz Days intend to prove that a lot of jazz is still innovative and that jazz remains a music of the future. The festival programme, spread over 10 days with concerts at various venues aims to present concerts that have an ear towards the future, that are trying to capture the technological and cosmopolitan potential of jazz, for the future of jazz itself but also for our society as a whole. 

The 2019 Line-up:

Herbie Hancock, Sun Ra Arkestra, John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension, Erika Stucky feat. Herbie Hancock, Sun Ra Arkestra, John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension, Erika Stucky feat. FM EINHEIT, Niels Klein "Tubes & Wires", Mouse on Mars, Punkt.Vrt.Plastik, Maciej Obara Quartett, LIUN + The Science Fiction Band, Dark Star Safari - Bang/Honoré/Aarset/Rohrer, Mette Henriette, Hilde Marie Holsen & Samuel Rohrer, The Claudia Quintet, Philipp Groppers PHILM "Sun Ship", Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra, Brigade Futur III, ROCKET MEN, SALOMEA, Oh No Noh, Hannah Weiss Group and others.