The Leverkusen Jazz Days are an internationally renowned music festival in Leverkusen. It takes place since 1980 every year in the fall.
With well over 20,000 visitors per season, the festival is now one of the biggest jazz events in Germany. At up to ten consecutive days, the audience per night they make several live acts. Here (Generation - NighT Blues Night, Ladies Night, African Dance Night, among others ), the concerts are traditionally associated with different theme nights. In addition to the Jazz Festival is dedicated to the World especially the music.
1980 found the Leverkusen Jazz Festival held for the first time. The city of Leverkusen celebrated her 50th birthday in the year and had invited all the clubs in the city to participate in the festivities. Some jazz enthusiasts, who had already founded two years earlier a jazz club, came together to organize the imaginary first as a one-off project festivals. Due to the positive response in the cultural scene in the region and large flows of spectators, it did not stop there - the event strengthened in the aftermath rather its position as an integral part of the cultural life of the city and the region. Since 2008, the Young Investigator Award Future Sounds will be presented at the Leverkusen Jazz Days.
In recent years there have been burgeoning rumors about a cancellation of the festival due to lack of financial support from the sponsors. Especially the city of Leverkusen came here increasing criticism because they showcase their year after year the funds slashed. The event is supported by a variety of volunteers.
Over the years, many international jazz musicians have occurred at the Leverkusen Jazz days, including the following:
- Tower of Power
- Paco de Lucía
- Al di Meola
- Joe Robinson
- Lucky Peterson
The festival takes place not only in the city hall (Forum Leverkusen) instead, but will in addition also " decentralized " in numerous venues Leverkusen instead. Regularly occur regionally and nationally known jazz musicians in the following places:
- K1 gallery at work
- St. Agnes Church
- Widow of Emperor