13.-16. July 2023
Jazz in the city, a city in jazz. The Jazzweekend in Regensburg stands for bobbing heads and driving beats, for encounters of young talents and national and international greats of jazz in a pulsating city. For a cozy hustle and bustle on and between countless stages beyond the city limits. For gentle melodies in dreamy courtyards, for thrilling sessions in clubs and bars, as well as jazz sounds on the ship, in the church and on lively squares.
The Jazzweekend takes you into floating atmospheres and dives into unexpected depths. A weekend full of harmonies and contrasts explores jazz from a variety of perspectives – musical, cinematic and scientific. It will be wild and light, exciting and profound at the same time: the 42nd Bavarian Jazz Weekend from July 13 to 16, 2023.
At the Bavarian Jazzweekend, a total of 14 venues – with both large stages and small settings – are spread throughout Regensburg: from the jazz club in the Leerer Beutel to the rustic beer garden, from the Italian restaurant to the sonorous church hall, from the ship's dock on the beautiful Marc-Aurel-Ufer to the venerable Thon-Dittmer-Palais.
750 musicians playing in 101 top-class national and international bands and combos celebrate the different facets and varieties of jazz in 105 concerts.
An interdisciplinary side program allows for total immersion in jazz: The Jazz-in-Residence program curated by Gerwin Eisenhauer brings Jazzweekend guest artists such as Marco Lobo and Wolfgang Flür to Regensburg's stages. Through the venue Schloss Schönberg in Wenzenbach, the rural regions of Regensburg are represented at the Jazzweekend for the first time. The film "Music for Black Pigeons" portrays world-famous jazz musicians. And the scientific accompaniment by musicologist Fabio Dick, as well as panels and podium discussions, add further perspectives to the Jazzweekend.
Town Space between the stages
Amore, Vino & Amici
Augustiner Wirtschaft & FassBar Biergarten
Bismarckplatz – Bavarian Jazz Universities
Leerer Beutel salon
Leerer Beutel Restaurant
Leerer Beutel movie gallery
Ruthof at the Marc-Aurel-Ufer
Schlosshof Schönberg in Wenzenbach
Andreas Kolb completed his journalist education in Stuttgart before moving to Munich for several years to work at ECM Records, among others. In 1997, he joined the publishing house ConBrio in Regensburg. He is the chief editor of the online-magazine “JazzZeitung.de” and the periodical “neue Musikzeitung” and a passionate visitor of the Jazzweekend. He even lives in walking distance of most of the Jazzweekend's event locations - a fact he does not consider a coincidence.
Being a long-term member of the Jazzclub Regensburg, he has also been part of the jury for the “Albert Mangelsdorff Jazzpreis” and the “Internationaler Jazzpreis der Nürnberger Nachrichten” several times. He is currently a member of the selection committees for the “German Jazz Trophy“ and the “BMW Welt Jazz Award”.
„Not only from my professional perspective do I consider Jazz and new music as two sides of the same coin. Both genres are the most interesting and creative ones of contemporary music and I am highly curious about their development.“
Curator representing independent musicians
Karoline Weidt, born in 1995, is a singer and composer in the field of jazz and contemporary music. She studied jazz singing and pedagogy at the Carl Maria von Weber University of Music in Dresden, among others with Prof. Céline Rudolph, Prof. Esther Kaiser and pianist Matthias Bätzel. In 2020 she founded the „Karoline Weidt Quartett“, which won the ensemble competition of the hfmdd and the #jazzlab prize of the Festival da Jazz in St. Moritz, CH, the very next year. In addition, the quartet was a finalist of the Junge Münchner Jazzpreis (2021) and a prize winner of the Blue Note Poznań Jazz Competition (2022) in Poland. In February 2021, Karoline Weidt and her quartet released their acclaimed debut CD „The Dream“.
With over 70 top-class concerts and various other projects every year, the Jazzclub Regensburg significantly enriches the music and cultural scene in the region. In addition to the regional jazz scene, prominent national and international stars are also featured regularly. The club, which was founded in 1983, currently has 780 members, making it one of the most active jazz clubs in Germany.
At the Jazzweekend, more than 70 volunteers regularly perform important work for the organisation and stage management of the festival, as well as for the operation of information and beverage booths. The board member Bernhard Lindner is currently active for the board of trustees of the Bavarian Jazzweekend.
Prof. Tizian Jost
Chairman of the Bayerischer Jazzverband e.V. (BayJV)
Being a prominent character of the German jazz scene,jazz pianist Tizian Jost has been leading the Bavarian jazz association since December 2012.
Jost is a popular guest on international festivals and has an extraordinary oeuvre of over 60 CD recordings. Moreover, he is a successful university teacher at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich, where he teaches his own masterclass in jazz piano. Unsurprisingly, his graduates have shown remarkable careers themselves winning a great number of prizes. During his almost 10 years on the managing board of the jazz assocation, Jost has had a great amount of Influence on the cultural politics In Bavaria and has made a significant contribution to the funding of jazz music by the public domain.
Bayerischer Jazzverband e.V. (BayJV)
The Bavarian jazz association is a democratically constituted representation of the entire Bavarian jazz scene and is responsible for communicating jazz-related issues to political representatives in Bavaria. The association works closely with the Bavarian Music Council.
Jazz Department of the Nuremberg University of Music
Jazz as a musical and individual artistic form of expression always involves both the learning and continuation of tradition as well as the search for new possibilities of expression, the crossing of boundaries and the bringing together of different musical currents. This is also practiced in Nuremberg.
The local jazz students can rely on a large network with numerous cooperation partners. They are an integral part of Nuremberg's vital musical landscape and are involved in numerous event formats. For example, every year at the beginning of July they perform in open-air concerts in front of the picturesque backdrop of the Katharinenruine and are guests on the university stages of Europe as part of the European exchange project «The European Jazzworkshop», where they network with international fellow students.
A total of more than 150 teachers from various nations look after the well-being of their students at the Nuremberg talent factory. In an almost familiar atmosphere, «classics» study next door to jazz musicians. Both the study program and the historic building combine tradition with modernity. The building was completely renovated in 2018 and has, among other things, restored concert halls with state-of-the-art equipment and its own recording studio.
The three music academies of Munich, Nuremberg and Würzburg will take turns on the new board of trustees of the Bavarian Jazz Weekend. For 2023, it will be the turn of the jazz department of the Nuremberg University of Music.
Trained by the German Federal Jazz Orchestra and the Bavarian Landesjugendjazzorchester, Christian Sommerer completed several years of jazz studies to become a bass trombonist. He founded his first Big Band at the age of 16. Since then, he has played the bass trombone in numerous bands (including Peter Herbolzheimer Rhythm Combination & Brass, Al Porcino Big Band, Sunday Night Orchestra, Bobby Burgess Big Band Explosion, Dusko Goykovich Big Band).
Sommerer, who was born in Regensburg, founded the professional Summit Jazz Orchestra at the age of 21, which gave over 60 concerts in Regensburg as part of a multi-year concert series, being the forerunner of the Jazzorchester Regensburg - Die Volvo Big Band. The orchestra even had five appearances at the Montreux Jazz Festival and toured through the USA, Siberia and the Urals on behalf of the German Foreign Office and the Goethe Institute. Numerous other tours took Christian Sommerer all over the world: from Asia to South America, from Brazil to the jungles of Amazonia.
Until the death of jazz legend Bob Brookmeyer, he had been the managing director of one of the best jazz orchestras in the world, the Bob Brookmeyer New Art Orchestra, for twelve years.
In autumn 2021, the city of Regensburg entrusted him with the artistic direction of the Bavarian Jazz Weekend.
The Jazzweekend, although hosted by the City of Regensburg, has always been a collaborative effort. Therefore, we would like to give special thanks to our sponsors.