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Check out our supporting program

Kosmos Jazz - instrument workshop for families with children aged 6 and over in cooperation with the Elbphilharmonie

Friday 6/7 15:00 – 16:30
Saturday 6/8 12:00 - 13:30  & 14:00 – 15:30 
Kaistudio 2 - Instrumentenwelt, Elbphilharmonie

Jazz is and remains fascinating, for many it is a real way of life - and above all, the music is open to everyone.
"It's the spirit of jazz to be inclusive," said pianist Herbie Hancock. This also applies to the "Kosmos Jazz" workshop: participants don't need any musical knowledge, they get to know some typical jazz instruments in an informal way, can try them all out and play their first jazz piece together at the end.
Participation only after registration by 3.6.2024 (5 p.m.) at, keyword "Kosmos Jazz" and the desired date. Limited number of participants, free workshop participation only with festival ticket, minimum age 6 years, workshop tickets unfortunately do not include access to the plaza.


jazzki Award: Awarding of the first German human-AI jazz prize incl. prize-winner gig

Friday 6/7 17:00- 18:00


The jazzki Award focuses on musicians, coders and programs - who show us what the interaction between humans and AI systems looks like in the field of jazz.
Artificial intelligence has arrived in our society at the latest since Chat-GPT. But no matter how good such an AI work is, it remains dependent on the programmers who control the AI system by instructing, selecting and guiding algorithms. The human creative process cannot be replaced by AI, but AI can drive musical creativity in a new and exciting way and provide solutions that help musicians to break new ground - especially in the genre of jazz.
A selected jury of AI experts from the jazz scene, business and science will examine the submitted projects that showcase the interaction between humans and AI systems in the field of jazz. Prizes will be awarded to places 1-3 and the three winners will present their projects live on stage at the Schiffbauhalle.
The following categories will be considered for evaluation (application period: February to April 2024):


  • General concept / creative idea
  • Quality of the final results
  • Musical sophistication / composition / improvisation - AI system / method
  • Human-machine interaction / performance
  • Variety, diversity & ethics


The prize money totaling €4000 (1st place: €2000, 2nd place: €1500, 3rd place: €500) will be donated this year by the Adalbert Zajadacz Foundation. The jazzki Award is presented by D-Musik e.V.






Friday 6/7 17:00 - 18:00
Saturday 6/8 17:00 - 18:00

Presented by PM Blue and Yamaha


If you always wanted to know what’s going on behind the scenes at festivals, the "ELBJAZZ Tech Tour" is just the thing for you. Together with our long-standing technical partner PM Blue and in cooperation with Yamaha Professional Audio we offer you an exclusive look behind the scenes. What technical requirements do artists have? How do you provide sound for 10.000 people? What happens backstage at a concert? All this will be shown and explained by the professionals themselves. The tour lasts around 1 hour and is aimed specifically at young adults aged 16-25 who have a valid festival ticket.
How? Registration until 3rd June 2024 via Please write "Technik Tour" in the subject line. (Attention: limited number of participants).
You will then receive all information about the meeting point by e-mail shortly before the start of the festival.


DJ Night: CLAAS BRIELER presents D-Musik


Friday 6/7 22:30 - 02:00
Mojo Jazz Café

"Strictly German Vinyl" is the title of CLAAS BRIELER's DJ Night. One of the most important record collectors in Germany, the Hamburg native and co-founder of the DJ and producer collective Jazzanova has been exploring the global music scene and inspiring audiences with his multi-genre music sets since the 1990s. He will be presenting special cuts from the archives of the newly founded association D-Musik e.V. for the first time, showcasing how colorful, international, timeless and danceable our music is. Jazz, soul, pop, kraut, classical, hip-hop, schlager, electronic - as diverse as it may sound, the Berlin vinyl junkies’ selection is unifying.
D-Musik e.V. is a registered non-profit association that presents German music culture with a focus on the last 75 years to the present day. The association wants to inspire enthusiasm for our musical heritage - even beyond the charts - and invite people to dance and listen.



Workshop Sax4Beginners - A hit on the first day.
Presented by Yamaha


Saturday 6/8 11:30-13:00 & 13:30-15:00
Kaistudio 1 / Elbphilharmonie


You find the saxophone fascinating but have never played an instrument before?No problem, we'll show you. No previous experience - no sheet music. Under expert guidance, you will learn the basics of saxophone playing from your first note to your first song. Here you can simply try it out. With support from Yamaha, all participants will be provided a high-quality instrument and mouthpiece free of charge. Also thanks to Yamaha, there is no participation fee. Binding registration is required. The number of participants is limited.
Video and photo recordings may be made during the workshop.
Please register here!





Saturday 6/8 23:00 till open end
Mojo Club


After two days of sunshine (that's the hope), rhythm and energy (those are the facts) ELBJAZZ comes to an end on 8 June with the traditional ELBJAZZ Aftershow with DONNA LEAKE & MME FLORETT at Hamburg’s infamous Mojo Club beneath the Reeperbahn.
DONNA LEAKE has long been more than just an obscure tip on the London music scene, she has been wowing audiences all over the world with her music sets and her monthly radio show on NTS for almost seven years now. Her passion for music, dance and her insatiable curiosity for new sounds have earned her a permanent place on dancefloors around the world. From intimate London venues such as Printworks and KOKO to international festivals such as Waking Life in Portugal and Meadows in the Mountains in Bulgaria, DONNA LEAKE brings a unique blend of groove and atmosphere that captivates everyone. From disco to boogie, soul, Afro, jazz, Latin, bossa nova, hip-hop and reggae, there's hardly a genre she doesn't know and she leaves no dance floor untouched. 
At her side is MME FLORETT, a Hamburg nightlife icon who brings a record bag full of the finest musical gems for lavish club nights and plenty of acoustic adventure.
ELBJAZZ visitors have free access to the after-show at Mojo Club with their day ticket or combined festival ticket. All others can buy their ticket at the Mojo Club box office.


Jazz worship service

Sunday 6/9 11:00
Main church of St. Katharinen


After two days of music, the main church of St. Katharinen celebrates a jazz service on Sunday including a morning pint. Pastor Dr. Julian Sengelmann will lead the service and will be supported by the melodious, powerful and grooving jazz of the duo "Clerical Beauties" with Hans-Martin Gutmann on piano and Michael Schirmer on guitar.