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JazzHausMusik is a German independent label for jazz and improvised music that was founded in Cologne in 1980 . In the field of improvised and jazz music, ES is the only label in Europe that has been completely in the hands of the producing musicians since it was founded.


At JazzHausMusik , bands from the 1978 Cologne Jazz House initiative, such as the groups Extempore (with Reiner Michalke ) or NoNett (with Norbert Stein and Joachim Gellert ) , initially released . Positive reactions from the public to the first productions, in particular to the first recording by the Jazzhaus Big Band under the direction of Joachim Ulrich , which Joachim Ernst Berendt recognized as record of the month in the then Südwestfunk , “led to the label becoming established and so on developed into an important medium for the ... Initiative Kölner Jazzhaus. ”The sampler series“ Stadtgarten Series ”(after the venue opened by the initiative in the Stadtgarten in 1986 ) gave“ an interesting overview of this new scene ”.

Current status

On the label curated by Georg Ruby , symbols of the Cologne scene such as the Cologne saxophone mafia , the group Heinz and musicians based in the Rhineland such as Christina Fuchs , Niels Klein , Hans Lüdemann , Dieter Manderscheid , Ulla Oster or Claudio Puntin were also published in the next decades . but increasingly also musicians from other regions, such as Christoph Haberer / Sarah Buechi , Rudi Mahall , Christian Lillinger , Marc Muellbauer , Meinrad Kneer , Hannes Zerbe or Michel Pilz . The JazzHausMusik catalog includes 258 albums (as of April 2018) and has been released on CD from the 33rd production onwards.


So far, seven of the label's productions have received the German Record Critics' Prize . The Wollie Kaiser / Georg Ruby “Ruby Domesticus Vulgaris” production received the award for “best foreign production of the year” in Cadence- Poll in New York in 1987 . The Georg Ruby / Michel Pilz production, "Deuxième Bureau" (JHM 205), was voted album of the year 2011 by the New York City Jazz Record .

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Individual evidence

  1. ^ A b Hans-Jürgen von Osterhausen portrait of the Jazzzeitung 5/2005