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4.-7. July 2024
Jazz in the city, a city in jazz. The Jazz Weekend in Regensburg stands for bobbing heads and driving beats, for encounters of young talents and national and international greats of Jazz in a pulsating city. For a cozy hustle and bustle on and between countless stages beyond the city limits. For gentle melodies in dreamy courtyards, for thrilling sessions in clubs and bars, as well as jazz sounds on the ship, along the Danube riverbanks and on lively squares.
The Jazz Weekend takes you into floating atmospheres and dives into unexpected depths. A weekend full of harmonies and contrasts explores Jazz from a variety of perspectives. It will be wild and light, exciting and profound at the same time: the 43rd Bavarian Jazz Weekend from July 4th to 7th, 2024.
The application phase for 2024 has concluded. Now, the board led by Artistic Director Christian Sommerer is reviewing the received applications and creating the program for the upcoming Jazz Weekend. Find questions and answers regarding the application process here.
Andreas Kolb completed his journalist education in Stuttgart before moving to Munich for several years to work at ECM Records, among others. In 1997, he joined the publishing house ConBrio in Regensburg. He is the chief editor of the online-magazine “JazzZeitung.de” and the periodical “neue Musikzeitung” and a passionate visitor of the Jazzweekend. He even lives in walking distance of most of the Jazzweekend's event locations - a fact he does not consider a coincidence.
Being a long-term member of the Jazzclub Regensburg, he has also been part of the jury for the “Albert Mangelsdorff Jazzpreis” and the “Internationaler Jazzpreis der Nürnberger Nachrichten” several times. He is currently a member of the selection committees for the “German Jazz Trophy“ and the “BMW Welt Jazz Award”.
„Not only from my professional perspective do I consider Jazz and new music as two sides of the same coin. Both genres are the most interesting and creative ones of contemporary music and I am highly curious about their development.“
Curator representing independent musicians
Born in Regensburg, saxophonist Tobias Meinhart lives and works in both the USA and Germany. In addition to his freelance musical activities in New York and Europe, he leads his own quintet and is a member of the "Composer's Collective Brooklyn Aliens". He regularly performs in renowned jazz clubs and at jazz festivals worldwide. Among other awards, Tobias Meinhart received the "Best Soloist" award at the Getxo International Jazz Festival in 2012, was nominated for an ECHO as "Newcomer of the Year" in 2016 and was selected with his band as a showcase representative of "German Jazz" at the world's largest jazz fair, Jazzahead, in 2021. The jazz magazine "Jazz Thing" described him as "one of the greatest German talents on the tenor saxophone". Tobias Meinhart has currently released seven albums under his own name.
With over 70 top-class concerts and various other projects every year, the Jazzclub Regensburg significantly enriches the music and cultural scene in the region. In addition to the regional jazz scene, prominent national and international stars are also featured regularly. The club, which was founded in 1983, currently has 780 members, making it one of the most active jazz clubs in Germany.
At the Jazzweekend, more than 70 volunteers regularly perform important work for the organisation and stage management of the festival, as well as for the operation of information and beverage booths. The board member Bernhard Lindner is currently active for the board of trustees of the Bavarian Jazzweekend.
Prof. Tizian Jost
Chairman of the Bayerischer Jazzverband e.V. (BayJV)
Being a prominent character of the German jazz scene,jazz pianist Tizian Jost has been leading the Bavarian jazz association since December 2012.
Jost is a popular guest on international festivals and has an extraordinary oeuvre of over 60 CD recordings. Moreover, he is a successful university teacher at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich, where he teaches his own masterclass in jazz piano. Unsurprisingly, his graduates have shown remarkable careers themselves winning a great number of prizes. During his almost 10 years on the managing board of the jazz assocation, Jost has had a great amount of Influence on the cultural politics In Bavaria and has made a significant contribution to the funding of jazz music by the public domain.
Bayerischer Jazzverband e.V. (BayJV)
The Bavarian jazz association is a democratically constituted representation of the entire Bavarian jazz scene and is responsible for communicating jazz-related issues to political representatives in Bavaria. The association works closely with the Bavarian Music Council.
Hochschule für Musik Würzburg
Jazz Department of the Würzburg University of Music
The jazz department at the Würzburg University of Music is one of the most traditional of its kind in the country. It combines many years of pedagogical experience with top musical promotion. The stylistically wide-ranging jazz education is enriched by courses in pop music as well as innovative projects in electronic music production and AI. Due to the good links to the fields of classical music, school music and elementary music education, the jazz courses offer a particularly wide range of opportunities. Students can also benefit from the attractive international connections. Numerous highly successful professional alumni embody the artistic and pedagogical expertise of an institute that is characterized by a personal, informal learning atmosphere, a close exchange with the teaching staff and an open working style characterized by mutual respect.
Jazz Department of the Würzburg University of Music
Trained by the German Federal Jazz Orchestra and the Bavarian Landesjugendjazzorchester, Christian Sommerer completed several years of jazz studies to become a bass trombonist. He founded his first Big Band at the age of 16. Since then, he has played the bass trombone in numerous bands (including Peter Herbolzheimer Rhythm Combination & Brass, Al Porcino Big Band, Sunday Night Orchestra, Bobby Burgess Big Band Explosion, Dusko Goykovich Big Band).
Sommerer, who was born in Regensburg, founded the professional Summit Jazz Orchestra at the age of 21, which gave over 60 concerts in Regensburg as part of a multi-year concert series, being the forerunner of the Jazzorchester Regensburg - Die Volvo Big Band. The orchestra even had five appearances at the Montreux Jazz Festival and toured through the USA, Siberia and the Urals on behalf of the German Foreign Office and the Goethe Institute. Numerous other tours took Christian Sommerer all over the world: from Asia to South America, from Brazil to the jungles of Amazonia.
Until the death of jazz legend Bob Brookmeyer, he had been the managing director of one of the best jazz orchestras in the world, the Bob Brookmeyer New Art Orchestra, for twelve years.
In autumn 2021, the city of Regensburg entrusted him with the artistic direction of the Bavarian Jazz Weekend.
The Bavarian Jazz Weekend 2023 was spread over a total of 14 venues all across Regensburg - with large stages and small venues: From the jazz club at Leerer Beutel to the traditional rustic beer garden, from the Italian restaurant to the sonorous church hall, from the landing stage on the beautiful Marc-Aurel-Ufer to the venerable Thon-Dittmer-Palais. 750 musicians, playing in 101 top-class national and international bands and combos, celebrated the different facets and varieties of jazz in 105 concerts.
Thanks to an interdisciplinary accompanying program, the guests could experience a deep immersion in jazz: The jazz-in-residence program curated by Gerwin Eisenhauer brought jazz weekend guest artists such as Marco Lobo and Wolfgang Flür to the stages of Regensburg. The district of Regensburg was represented at the Jazzweekend for the first time by the Schloss Schönberg venue in Wenzenbach. The film "Music for Black Pigeons" portrayed world-famous jazz musicians. And the scientific accompaniment by musicologist Fabio Dick as well as panels and podium discussions added further perspectives to the Jazz Weekend. It was a rousing celebration of jazz music!
The Jazzweekend, although hosted by the City of Regensburg, has always been a collaborative effort. Therefore, we would like to give special thanks to our sponsors.