German Jazz Federation

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The German Jazz Federation eV represents the interests of jazz clubs and other jazz organizers.


In the winter of 1949/50, Olaf Hudtwalcker and Horst Lippmann from Frankfurt, Dietrich Schulz-Köhn from Cologne, Dieter Zimmerle from Stuttgart and Hans Blüthner from Berlin wrote a circular to the other clubs about possible hot clubs on whose board they were To formulate the content and goals of an association of jazz initiatives. In April 1950, the manager of the Hamburg Anglo-German Swing Club (with the largest number of members) published an appeal to unite under Hamburg's leadership to “represent interests on the broadest basis”: “We suggest that all clubs and people in Germany seriously deal with jazz to form a German jazz federation . ”In the fall of 1950, the representatives of the southern and western German hot clubs met for a working conference at which, among other things, they formulated their basic understanding of the function of an association. At the 4th working conference of the Working Group of West German Hot Clubs on October 21, 1951, the West German and Berlin jazz clubs came together in Mülheim an der Ruhr ; Dieter Zimmerle was elected the first president. On May 4, 1952, the drafted statutes were accepted and the entry in the register of associations decided. At this point in time, 21 clubs already belong to the German Jazz Federation. Their first German jazz festival took place in Frankfurt am Main as early as May 1953 and was repeated annually.

In 1955 Olaf Hudtwalcker succeeded Zimmerle as President. Hudtwalcker saw his task in the attempt to give the jazz due recognition. Concert tours under the patronage of the German Jazz Federation with selected musicians drew the attention of authorities and cultural institutions, which until recently had denied jazz any artistic value, to the German Jazz Federation and its clubs. When Wolfram Röhrig was elected President of the German Jazz Federation in 1966 , integration into general cultural and musical life was the main task. On April 16, 1996, Bernd Konrad succeeded him as chairman, who was replaced in 2000 by Walter Schätzlein from Nuremberg. In 2001 Ihno von Hasselt took over the chairmanship, followed in June 2003 by Suzette Yvonne Moissl.

Current focus of work

In addition to offers of help and advice for the association members and the cultural and political interest representation, the association is also involved in Jazzahead and other projects in the field of public relations for jazz. In the German Music Council , she also campaigns for the interests of the so-called “independent scene” of organizers, which is not organized in its own lobby.

The association continues to award the honorary title of German Jazz Ambassador at irregular intervals to personalities from German jazz culture for their personal commitment in the past - but also as encouragement for its continuation. Barbara Dennerlein (2003) and Till Brönner (2006) were awarded this title .

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Individual evidence

  1. See also Bernd Hoffmann Broadcasting House / Musichalle, Hamburg 36, the Ango-German Swing Club In: Horst Ansin, Marc Dröscher, Jürgen Foth, Gerhard Klußmeier Anglo German Swing Club. Documents 1945 - 1952 Hamburg 2003, pp. 507-521.