International Research and Information Center on Jazz

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

Visitors of the archive ought to be vaccinated, recovered from a Covid-19 infection or be tested negatively on SARS-Cov-2 (“3G”-rules). Our guests will also be required to register, wear a face mask and follow the usual distance and hygiene rules. For more information see our tips for using the Jazzinstitut’s archive. 

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