The jazzweek

Mon, August 10 – Sun, August 16, 2020

Seven days of jazz, improvised music, and discourse: in art studios, clubs, bars, and many other places. Indoors, outdoors, and digital. Jazzwoche Berlin #2 is not a festival, it is a campaign highlighting Berlins' jazz and improv scene, showing that it was not dormant even under the current circumstances.

The scene is only awakening from the lock-down: Musicians are developing new forms of presentation and the ever-expanding concert schedule proves how much musicians want to get back on stage. Promoters and clubs have to come up with health and safety regulations, admitting rather small numbers of people to enjoy live music.

The new normal, which will stay both new and normal for a while, is the reason why Jazzwoche Berlin #2 will partly happen online: for a small entrance fee many the concerts will be viewable online at

Jazzwoche Berlin #2 is not just about listening to music, it is also for talking about it; about its conditions and circumstances; about gender issues; about the pandemic’s ramifications on cultural policy; about the opportunities that a center for jazz and improvised music would bring. In a series of podcasts, “jazz.leben — Stimmen aus der Szene“, people from the scene will talk to each other about currently relevant subjects.

Some panels and talks will be held in English, some in German. All of them are free and digitally accessible.

During Jazzwoche Berlin #2, the fourth annual Berliner Jazzpreis will be awarded at Haus des Rundfunks on Thursday, 13 August, 2020. Rundfunk Berlin Brandenburg (rbb) and the Berlin state cultural senate will confer the award to saxophone player, Silke Eberhard, who has been a prominent protagonist of the Berlin jazz scene for many years. will give you a full overview of the many goings-on during Jazzwoche Berlin #2.

Jazzwoche Berlin #2 is organised by IG Jazz Berlin e.V., the scene's political representation, representing performers, promoters, and journalists from the jazz and improvised music fields.

Presented by field notes, the platform for contemporary music and Jazz in Berlin by the inm — initiative neue musik Berlin e.V.


Some panel events co-organized by
Berliner Festspiele / Jazzfest Berlin
Deutsche Jazzunion e.V.

Media partners: ExBerliner, AskHelmut, Digital in Berlin, taz, Der Freitag, and rbb kultur

Funded by the Berlin cultural senate - Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa

Supported by Initiative Musik gGmbH with project funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media.

Participating venues:

A-Trane / Au Topsi Pohl / Badenscher Hof / Berliner Festspiele | Jazzfest Berlin / b-flat / exploratorium / Donau115 / Future Bash in der Zukunft am Ostkreuz / Greve Studio TV / Haus des Rundfunks – Kleiner Sendesaal / Into The Shed / Jazz am Helmholtzplatz / Jazz aus Berlin 105 / Jazz im Kiez / Jazz im MIM / jazzkeller 69 e.V. / Jazzkollektiv Berlin / Jazzlights at Glühlampe / KIM Collective / KlangWorte – Jazz trifft auf Literatur / Kühlspot Social Club / Kunstfabrik Schlot / Living in a Box – Gretchen / Orania.Berlin / Peppi Guggenheim / Pianosalon Christophori / The Hat Bar Berlin / The Social Music Series / Sowieso / West Germany / Yorckschlösschen / XJAZZ Sessions / Zig Zag Jazz Club