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Jazz

From classic jam sessions to the Elbjazz Festival

Hamburg is grooving, swinging and jamming. Jazz is an established part of Hamburg’s one-of-a-kind live music scene. In the north German music hub, jazz lovers will find a great choice of concerts across a wide variety of venues, ranging from traditional live clubs to jam sessions on a ship. Award-winning musicians from Hamburg as well as international artists provide jazz music experiences spanning everything from easy listening to experimental. The Cotton Club in Hamburg's Neustadt, not far from St Michael’s Church, is especially worthwhile mentioning here. For over 50 years, local, national and international greats of jazz have been performing in this basement pub. Other clubs such as the Mojo Jazz Café and the Nochtspeicher, as well as the Jazz Focus at the Hamburg School of Music and Theater, are further examples of Hamburg’s lively jazz scene. The annual Elbjazz Festival, which is hosted across various venues against the spectacular backdrop of Hamburg's port, attracts music lovers from around the globe. Year after year, this successful large-scale event offers a unique mix of jazz legends and up-and-coming artists.

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11th Elbjazz

Every year the ELBJAZZ Festival in the port of Hamburg is an absolute must for all jazz lovers. In 2021, the Port of Hamburg will once again become a hub for jazz from all over the world. And this year the probably most maritime festival in the world will celebrate its tenth anniversary!

11th Elbjazz

Elbjazz Festival

Hermann-Blohm-Straße 3
20457 Hamburg

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Birdland Hamburg

  • Live club
  • Bar

Musically sophisticated and extraordinary - this is how the Birdland Hamburg Jazz Club presents itself in Gärtnerstraße.

Birdland Hamburg

Birdland Hamburg

Gärtnerstraße 122
20253 Hamburg

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Cascadas

  • Live club

Many can offer a bar but live music every evening that is something that is not found on every street corner, even in Hamburg, but here it is right in the city centre. Musical accompaniment in Soul, Jazz, Latin, Blues and more is offered in the Cascadas every evening.

Cascadas

Cascadas

Ferdinandstrasse 12
20095 Hamburg

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Cotton-Club

  • Live club
  • Bar

After several moves, the oldest jazz club in Hamburg made its home on Grossneumarkt in 1971. Since then it has treated its guests to live music from national and international artists.

Cotton-Club

Cotton-Club

Alter Steinweg 10
20459 Hamburg

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Downtown Blues Club

  • Live club

Downtown Blues Club is located in Landhaus Walter, which in turn is located in the Stadtpark between the lake and planetarium.

Downtown Blues Club

Downtown Bluesclub

Otto-Wels-Straße 2
22303 Hamburg

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Hafenbahnhof

  • Live club
  • Bar

A stone's throw from the River Elbe and just before Övelgönne / Neumühlen is Hafenbahnhof.

Hafenbahnhof

Hafenbahnhof

Große Elbstraße 276
22767 Hamburg

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GERMANY'S NORTH IS GROOVING, SWINGING AND JAMMING Jazz concerts in Hamburg

CITY OF MUSIC Discover the sound of Hamburg

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Abounding occasions for celebrating music Music Festivals

No matter what type of music you’re into, the Hamburg Metropolitan Region offers something for everyone. And as the days get longer, guests to the city can look forward to a wealth of different festivals.

Music Festivals
The Festival Album
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The Festival Album Hamburg's festival culture captured in beautiful photos

Magic moments in the here and now, and memories that stay forever: Hamburg-based photographer Kevin McElvaney spent an entire summer capturing the atmosphere at various festivals in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region. This has resulted in a colourful, emotional photo exhibition, which has also been turned into an illustrated book – The Festival Album.

Hamburg's festival culture captured in beautiful photos
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A colourful live music scene – from clubs to open air gigs Rock and pop – live and up close

A launchpad for success: for many musicians Hamburg has served as the stepping stone for an international music career. The most famous example is of course the lads from Liverpool, aka the Beatles. Hamburg draws on a rich and colourful tradition of rock and pop music.

Rock and pop – live and up close

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