Elbe Jazz

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Elbe Jazz
Elbe Jazz
General information
place Hamburg
genre Jazz , blues , swing , pop
Website www.elbjazz.de

Elbjazz is a two-day, international music festival in the Port of Hamburg and in Hamburg's HafenCity , which has been held on two days since 2010, mostly on the Whitsun weekend (the festival paused in 2016).

Venues and transfers

The stages of Elbjazz can be assigned to two festival centers: The Elbphilharmonie with the adjoining area in HafenCity and the Blohm + Voss shipyard . In the past festival years so u. a. Main church St. Katharinen , Hafenmuseum, MS Stubnitz , MS Bleichen , Louisiana Star , fish auction hall and the Mojo Club event locations at the Elbjazz Festival.

In cooperation with the Theater der Welt , concerts were held in the Thalia tent at Baakenhöft in 2017. Traditionally, students, graduates and lecturers from various departments of the Hamburg University of Music and Theater present themselves on the HfMT Young Talents stage on the Square of German Unity .

There are several ways to get back and forth between the Elbphilharmonie and Blohm + Voss. According to the organizer, the fastest way is on foot through the St. Pauli-Elbe tunnel . Alternatively, visitors can commute between the Elbphilharmonie and Blohm + Voss via the waterway by barge or by bus shuttle across the Elbe bridges .


Elbjazz was founded in 2010 by Tina Heine and Nina Sauer and carried out for the first time. At its premiere in 2010, the festival was attended by almost 10,000 guests; the Hamburger Abendblatt then announced: “The city has never had a festival like this, and it will not want to be without it from now on.” With an increase to 15,000 visitors in 2011, Elbjazz quickly developed into one of the largest jazz festivals in Germany. Due to problems with the launch, further transfer options were opened up, initially by the visitors themselves. Nevertheless, “the Elbe as a hurdle and waiting for transport” with the Elbe tunnel elevator or the shuttle service (buses and barges) between the stages means that visitors get to know each other and the transfer becomes an experience.

Like the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Elbjazz Festival is based on a “combination of culture and tourism”. In addition to public funding, the festival receives strong private sector support. The main sponsors and supporters include Audi , Hamburger Volksbank , Blohm + Voss, Jever , HafenCity and the Hamburg Cultural Foundation .

After the deficit had accumulated to one million euros by 2015 due to the lack of subsidies, the founder and manager of the festival Tina Heine stepped out in December 2015. Under the direction of Alexander Schulz ( Reeperbahn Festival ) and the remaining shareholders Karsten Jahnke and Folkert Koopmans ( FKP Scorpio ) and Nina Sauer, the festival took place again in 2017 after a one-year, structurally-related break. Elbjazz 2018 brought a record number of visitors. It took place with nine venues and around 50 concerts; 28,000 tickets have already been sold in advance.


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b c d e report from elbjazz 2011. ( Memento from January 24, 2012 in the Internet Archive ) In: Musikmarkt
  2. a b Rain clouded the mood at the Elbjazz Festival . Welt Online , May 27, 2013
  3. Hamburg Elbjazz Festival: Swinging in the Rain . Hamburger Abendblatt, May 27, 2013
  4. a b Throwing pearls in front of the ships. In: The time . June 2, 2019, accessed January 30, 2020 .
  5. a b Stefan Hentz concert series on harbor tour Frankfurter Rundschau , June 4, 2010
  6. ^ Heinrich Oehmsen: Elbjazz Festival is taking a compulsory break in 2016. Retrieved April 6, 2017 .
  7. Hamburg: Continuation of the “Elbjazz” festival not until 2017 - WELT. Retrieved April 6, 2017 .
  8. ^ "Elbjazz": Reeperbahn Festival CEO Alexander Schulz becomes the new director . In: music market . April 6, 2017 ( musikmarkt.de ).
  9. Hamburg Elbjazz Festival returns in 2017. NDR, accessed April 6, 2017 .
  10. a b Record number of visitors at the Hamburg Elbjazz Festival 2018. In: Jazzzeitung. June 7, 2018, accessed January 30, 2020 .
  11. Live: Elbjazz in the Port of Hamburg . In: Jazzthetik . No. 7/8 2012 .
  12. The Elbjazz Festival shows jazz from its most daring side
  13. Goose bumps at the Elbjazz Festival Hamburger Abendblatt, June 6th 2017
  14. Elbjazz 2017 ends with a record visit (NDR)
  15. A big break: Elbjazz Festival 2019. In: Jazzzeitung. June 5, 2019, accessed January 30, 2020 .