International Research and Information Center on Jazz

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 September 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.


CORONA-UPDATE:

In November 2020, the Jazzinstitut’s archive will be open, however, in-person access will only be possible after advance registration (by e-mail) and for a limited amount of visitors at a time. No direct access to the archive is possible for some time; visitors will only be able to use our material in our reading room. Visitors will be required to wear a face mask and follow the usual distance and hygiene rules. We continue to provide research assistance by phone or mail. Stay healthy and safe! For more information see our tips for using the Jazzinstitut’s archive. 

Video call to the Jazzinstitut

Due to the current situation we have decided that in addition to all other means of reaching us you will be able to make a video call appointment with us. We will have regular video hours Tuesday and Thursday between 2 and 3pm Central European time (13-14 UTC), however we ask you to make e-mail appointments for them in which you already give us an idea what you want to talk about. We will then reply with a link for a Webex video session for your meeting.


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