Ekkehard Jost

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Ekkehard Jost, 2009 in Hofheim

Ekkehard Jost (born January 22, 1938 in Breslau ; † March 23, 2017 in Marburg ) was a German musicologist and baritone saxophonist .

academic career

From 1953 to 1959 Ekkehard Jost completed his school education ( Realschule in Lauenburg , Gymnasium Lüneburg up to high school ). In 1959 he began studying musicology, physics and psychology at the University of Hamburg , which he completed with a doctorate in 1965 . (Title: Acoustic and Psychometric Investigations on Clarinet Sounds ).

From 1966 to 1972 Jost worked as a research assistant at the State Institute for Music Research Berlin . In 1973 he completed his habilitation with a thesis on free jazz and was appointed professor of musicology at the Justus Liebig University in Gießen, where he headed the institute for musicology and music education and founded the systematic musicology course. His research and teaching focuses on music sociology , contemporary music, acoustics and recording studio technology . His habilitation thesis, which was also translated into English and French, is considered the first musicological analysis of free jazz. Other of his books deal with the social history of jazz .

Since 1968 Jost was a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the International Society for Jazz Research . Together with Albert Mangelsdorff , he was on the artistic advisory board of the Union of German Jazz Musicians . He was also a member of the scientific advisory board of the study group for popular music . From 1980 to 1990 he was a board member and from 1989 to 1992 chairman of the Institute for New Music and Music Education ( Darmstadt ). In 2000 Jost was awarded the Hessian Jazz Prize. Ekkehard Jost died on March 23, 2017 at the age of 79 after a short illness in Marburg .

Activity as a musician

As a musician, Jost played with numerous European jazz musicians. He led his own formations, including the formation "Grumpff", founded with students, which humorously mixed avant-garde jazz with popular music and music-theatrical actions, as well as the free jazz project "Amman Boutz" (with Herbert Hellhund ). His records and CDs also appear on his own music label, fish music . Most recently, in addition to his octet, he was on the road with his trio , Joe Bonica ( drums ) and Dieter Manderscheid ( double bass ). In addition to his work as a musician, he was also involved in the regional jazz scene as an organizer of concerts. In 1975 he called the Giessen Jazz Initiative into being and initiated the Musica Nova concert series through a specially founded association to promote contemporary music. In addition, he designed and organized the concerts in the Giessen Botanical Garden.



  • Free jazz. Style-critical studies on jazz of the 1960s . Schott , Mainz 1975, ISBN 3-7957-2221-7 (new edition of Wolke Verlag, Hofheim am Taunus 2002).
  • Social-psychological factors in the reception of pop music . Schott, Mainz 1976, ISBN 3-7957-1710-8 .
  • Social history of jazz in the USA . Fischer, Frankfurt am Main 1982, reprint Wolke, Hofheim am Taunus 1991, ISBN 3-86150-472-3 (extended new edition 2001: Frankfurt am Main 2003).
  • Jazz musician. Materials on the sociology of African-American music . Ullstein, Berlin 1982, ISBN 3-548-35129-8 .
  • European Jazz 1960–80 , Fischer, Frankfurt am Main 1987, ISBN 3-596-22974-X .
  • Jazz stories from Europe. Wolke, Hofheim am Taunus 2012, ISBN 978-3-936000-96-2

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Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Hans-Jürgen Linke: On the Vivisection of Music - The saxophonist and author Ekkehard Jost is dead. On fr.de, March 27, 2017, accessed on March 28, 2017