Kick off at Elbjazz 2022: a colorful mix of music and audience |

The Jazz Festival had to take a two-year break in the fresh air. But now Hamburg’s biggest live jazz event can be heard again in the port of Hamburg, at the main church of St. Catherine and at the Elbphilharmonie.

by Misha Criscott

“I pack my things while I’m out my baby, Thomas D is on the road and he has a tailwind.” That’s right, that’s how they rapped in the ’90s! “Heeyy hooo,” you inevitably think, and also gently remember the corresponding dance moves.

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Thomas D, who helped create German rap with Fantastischen Vier in the 1990s, is also part of the program at Friday’s Elbjazz Festival. Behind him is the Hamburg band “The KBCS”, which interprets his songs from Fanta 4 Cosmos in a new and unconventional way. “That’s not jazz for me,” you can hear some of the visitors shriek and roll their eyes. They move. There is still a lot to see.

Elbjazz 2022 Festival at Blohm und Voss in the Port of Hamburg © Misha Kriscott Photo: Misha Kriscott

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Reviving the Hamburg tradition in the third year of the epidemic is a risk. The music audience behaves unexpectedly, the festival machine stumbles. The job market has been cleaned up in the events industry. Many specialists re-orientated themselves in other sectors during the long break. Organized duo FKP Scorpio (Hurricane or Highfield Festival) and Karsten Jahnke Konzertdirektion (Stadtpark Open Air) do only a few experiments with this festival’s lineup.

An artist like Thomas de Rap for fans of the ’90s past the major rock festivals, and Melody Gardot’s gentle Brazilian jazz breeze breathes out people who say, “Actually, I don’t like jazz, but…” And there’s the sparkling sounds of Clean Britsoul by Myles Sanko, And which everyone who has heard of Gregory Porter should love – high-shine jazz, capable of as unanimous as possible. Curious musical adventurers won’t be entirely happy, but the concept works.

Mixing in the crowd of jazz is amazing

At the latest, as the sun turns the sky over Blohm and Voss golden, you can feel the gentle Elbe breeze on your face and the industrial scene of the shipyard light up with color, and it turns out exactly what has been missing in recent years: A wonderful musical experience together. 11 thousand visitors came to the port at the beginning of the festival.

Elbjazz 2022 Festival at Blohm und Voss in the Port of Hamburg © Misha Kriscott Photo: Misha Kriscott

International fame through the Babylon Berlin series: Severija Janušauskaitė and Moka Efti Orchestra. The show is sexy.

The audience mix is ​​astounding: elderly jazz connoisseurs in transitional jackets, young children in oversized ear flaps, teenagers in baggy pants, who may be holding their first festival here. “You have to write how wonderful it is, we are here with three generations and everyone is happy,” one mother told the NDR reporter. Her 13-year-old daughter dances to Jazzanova, another ’90s set. If the exact lineup makes this experiment possible, it means that it has achieved its most important goals.

More Courage in the Jazz 2023

Elbjazz 2022 Festival at Blohm und Voss in the Port of Hamburg © Misha Kriscott Photo: Misha Kriscott

Atmosphere makes the festival: the most important works are Hafen, Himmel and Werft.

When asked about jazz and what not, you will likely get 11,000 different answers that evening. The Mauskovic dance group from the Netherlands is part of the neo-croatian rock movement that originated in techno culture. In his mid-twenties, keyboardist Simon Oslender sought two jazz veterans as a supporting band. He played electric jazz from the late 1970s with Wolfgang Haffner (Doldingers Passport) and Will Lee (James Brown, George Benson).

Now “Fusion” is very popular again, especially among young people. “Post-genre” is the name given to this effect, which occurs when an entire generation carries the world’s music in its pockets. “The medium is the message” when it comes to music streaming as well. As the audience looks like it’s coming back, you can bend over the window in 2023. Because no matter what kind of jazz: the music needs a remote, weird, it needs confrontation and experimentation.


Elbjazz 2022 Festival at Blohm und Voss in the Port of Hamburg © Misha Kriscott Photo: Misha Kriscott

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