International Research and Information Center on Jazz


Because of the current situation (Covid-19) all concerts at the Jazzinstitut’s concert space have been canceled until the end of May. The Jazzinstitut’s archive is closed to the public as well. We are still providing research assistance, and we are happy to talk to you on the phone or (preferably) via email. Most of all, though: Stay healthy and safe!

In response to current events, we have compiled an overview of contact persons, aid funds and a sensible approach to the Corona crisis, which we will update on an ongoing basis:
Strategie in times of a virus (Notes on Corona)

The Jazzinstitut Darmstadt houses Europe’s largest public jazz archive. In the Institut’s collection you will find books, periodicals, recordings, photos … and much more information about the history and current developments of jazz all over the world. Founded in October 1990, the Jazzinstitut is housed in a baroque hunting chalet called the Bessunger Kavaliershaus (built between 1709 and 1725) since 1997. The historical vaulted cellar underneath the Jazzinstitut has become a performance space for intimate concerts, among them the concert series “JazzTalk”.

The institute bridges scholarly and practical demands, regional and multi-cultural activities, as well as transnational scholarly discourses in order to support the music and the many people who keep it alive. It has also earned a reputation in the jazz world for its reliable services answering inquiries of any kind.

The Jazzinstitut Darmstadt is a cultural institution of the City of Sciences Darmstadt.