Jazzfest Berlin

About the festival

Founded in 1964 the Berlin Jazz Festival is one of the longest running European festivals of international renown. Known as Berliner Jazztage until 1980 it was directed by Joachim-Ernst Berendt (1964-72), George Gruntz (1973-94), Albert Mangelsdorff (1995-2000), Nils Landgren (2001, 2008-11), John Corbett (2002), Peter Schulze (2003-07) and Bert Nogik (2012-14) and will be curated from 2015 by the British music publicist Richard Williams.

Whereas famous US-jazz celebrities set the tone during the first decades, the Berlin Jazz Festival increasingly has presented artists from all around the globe, with an increasing emphasis on contemporary European jazz.

Presently residing at Haus der Berliner Festspiele, a 1000-seater theatre run by the festival’s parent company Berliner Festspiele, plus a couple of satellite venues, the festival mostly draws capacity audiences, with media partners ARD (public)radio(system) and Deutschlandradio documenting the musical scope by simulcasts and live-recordings.

Artistic Director:
Richard Williams
Schoneberger Str. 15
10963 Berlin
Phone: +49 (0)30 254 89211


Jazzfest Berlin appoints Nadin Deventer as new Artistic Director from 2018

by Jazzfest Berlin on Wed, 12/04/2017 - 10:32
Since its foundation as the “Berliner Jazztage” in 1964, Jazzfest Berlin has been among Europe’s most renowned festivals of its kind, with innovation and political topics always part and parcel of its tradition. Following Richard Williams at the artistic helm for three years, curator Nadin Deventer takes on the artistic direction... read more

Jazzfest Berlin 2016

by Jazzfest Berlin on Tue, 25/10/2016 - 10:25
The programme 2016 “Sometimes it is important (in society) to have outspokenness, upset, anarchy, debate … agreeing to disagree is also agreement, in a sense. And so it is also in improvised contexts.” Matana Roberts From 1 to 6 November, Berliner Festspiele will host the 53rd Jazzfest Berlin. There will be 14 concerts by a... read more

Jazzfest Berlin 2016: Extended Version

by Jazzfest Berlin on Tue, 14/06/2016 - 12:33
From 1 to 6 November, Berliner Festspiele will host the 53rd Jazzfest Berlin in an “extended version”, including two preview events. There will be performances by a total of 16 jazz ensembles and five duo combinations, some of them completely new. Many projects presented at Jazzfest Berlin 2016 will be developed... read more

Jazzfest Berlin: 5-8 November 2015

by Jazzfest Berlin on Wed, 04/11/2015 - 12:37
Welcome to Jazzfest Berlin 2015 Jazzfest Berlin begins its second half-century by taking a step into the future and asking the question: what is jazz today, and what will it become? This year’s programme is intended to reflect the continued development of a music whose influence is increasingly felt far beyond its own borders,... read more