Hot Club Dortmund

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The Hot Club Dortmund was a jazz club in Dortmund that existed between 1949 and 1962.


Immediately after the Second World War, more than 20 “hot clubs”, often organized as associations , emerged in the Federal Republic . In these clubs, primarily Afro-American jazz was heard on record evenings. The hot clubs saw themselves as pioneers in rehabilitating jazz music condemned under National Socialist rule and denigrated as degenerate music .

The Hot Club Dortmund was founded in consultation with Olaf Hudtwalcker after an event on January 27, 1949 and existed until 1962. Young local jazz musicians came together as regular members and formed a young jazz scene. Well-known members of this young scene were the jazz musicians Pit and Rainer Buschmann , Horst Himsel, Gerd Hauck, Siggi Gerhard and Hilbert Homberg. The latter two founded the Siggi Gerhard Swingtett .

In addition to the aforementioned record evenings, for which all members made their record collections available, lectures and educational events were also held. The Hot Club organized concert evenings with some very well-known jazz musicians. So was Duke Ellington for a concert on November 13, 1949 honorary president of the club. In 1955 and 1957, the association organized the Dortmund Jazz Salon together with the local adult education center under the direction of Alfons Spielhoff in order to present European jazz.

The chairman of the Hot Club in Dortmund was initially the journalist Rolf Düdder, from 1958 Günter Boas . Between 1952 and 1957, the Hot Club Dortmund was a member of the German Jazz Federation , where it accused Horst Lippmann of "commercialization" (on the occasion of Caterina Valente's invitation to the German Jazz Festival ) and "nepotism".

The successor to the Hot Club in Dortmund was domicil , which was founded six years after its closure .


  • Uta C. Schmidt, Andreas Müller, Richard Ortmann Jazz in Dortmund. Hot - Modern - Free - New Geschichtswerkstatt Dortmund e. V./Klartext, Essen 2004, ISBN 3-89861-300-3

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  1. ^ Uta C. Schmidt, Andreas Müller and Richard Ortmann Jazz in Dortmund. P. 100ff.