Lörrach jazz club - Jazzclub Lörrach

Jazztone - entrance with logo
Jazz club and pub building

The jazz club 56 Lörrach e. V. was founded in 1956 as a jazz club in Lörrach by Werner Büche and a number of jazz enthusiasts. By the end of 2018, 1,381 concerts, 913 recordings as well as jazz film evenings and workshops “Jazz for Children” had been held.

The club Jazztone has been used for concerts since 1983 . [1] The club is located in the economic wing of Villa Feer in Lörrach-Haagen on the northern edge of the Grüttpark .


The association was founded on October 25, 1956. There was a first jazz concert in Lörrach on October 30th with the Kurt Edelhagen All Stars and the Modern Jazz Group Freiburg in the Lörracher Stadthalle. [1]

Jazzclub 56 Lörrach - excerpt from the club chronology (1956), page 13

In 1959 it was entered in the register of associations . 1960 saw the opening of the first Domicil jazz cellar for record evenings in the Lörracher Gasthaus Schützenhaus . In 1963, Jazztone No. 1 opened on April 5th. Among others, Klaus Doldinger , Albert Mangelsdorff , George Gruntz performed here . Until Canceled 1967. 1966 there was the 10th anniversary of a SWF - Jazz Session with Albert Ayler and Willie the Lion Smith . [1]

1968 saw the opening of Jazztone No. 2 on September 21st. In guest appearances, among others Albert Nicholas , Ben Webster , Jan Garbarek , Barney Kessel , Sam Woodyard , Milt Buckner , Bud Freeman , Peanuts Hucko , until the demolition 1980. 1981 was the 25th anniversary - concert Chet Baker and a Chicago Blues Festival with Eddy Clearwater organized. [1]

1983 saw the opening of Jazztone No. 3 on March 18 in the Brombach district. In 1996 the state jazz festival was organized for the 40th anniversary. In 2000 the first open-air event "Jazz at the Castle" took place in cooperation with the Volksbank Dreiländereck, which has been repeated annually since then. [1] In 2006, the 50th anniversary of the Landesjazzfestival followed with Barbara Dennerlein (city church and jazztone), Paul Kuhn & His Best feat. Michel Hausser in the courtyard. In 2012 the club recorded their first live CD with Jesse Davis and Olaf PolziehnTrio. In 2013 there was a "56 Years Jazz Club 56" gala concert in Burghof Lörrach on the occasion of the 85th birthday of Paul Kuhn , who performed with his All Stars, singer Gaby Goldberg and the Babelsberg Film Orchestra . [1]

Club room Jazztone

Jazztone Lörrach Clublokal outside view
Entrance area in the courtyard of the Jazztone Lörrach

Ever since the jazz club was founded, there has been a desire for a permanent location where, among other activities, jazz concerts could be held. In the early days, different locations were used for this; The first concert organized by the jazz club took place on October 30, 1956 in the Lörracher Stadthalle. In 1960 the Domicil was expanded as the first small jazz cellar in the Lörrach Gasthaus Schützenhaus and used for record evenings. In 1963, after about a year of construction, a former underground cellar behind the Löwen inn in downtown Lörrach was converted into a jazz cellar. The name chosen was Jazztone ; with reference to a New York record company (Jazztone Society ), which soon no longer existed.

From 1963 a regular series of concerts began in Jazztone No. 1. Just five years later, the inn, including the cellar, fell victim to urban redevelopment and was demolished.

Back in the city center, a cellar room was found behind the Meyerhof inn in 1968 (Jazztone No. 2). Albert Mangelsdorff is said to have called it “Germany's most beautiful jazz cellar”. At that time it was advertised as the “Regio Jazz Center”. A witty reading about this time could be followed in 2018 in Jazztone by top chef Vincent Klink , who was a regular visitor to the jazz concerts at the time. [2] Unfortunately, this jazz cellar also had to be given up in 1980 because demolition could not be avoided.

Jazztone Lörrach: Concert room seen from the upper tiers

After a long dry spell with concerts in various locations and at times in the canteen of the Kaltenbach machine factory, the city of Lörrach then made the offer to expand a historic horse stable of Villa Feer in the Lörrach district of Brombach, on the edge of the state garden show grounds from 1983. For the conversion of this jazz zone No. 3. It took enormous efforts on the part of the members and the help of the city of Lörrach to turn the historic building into a concert venue as it is to this day. On the high stage, the musicians are spoiled for choice, they can either look down at their audience or look up at the gallery. The concerts can be followed live on a large screen in the back seats of the gallery and in the lounge in front of the musicians' room.

During the concerts, the club operates a small bar on the ground floor, from which the stage can be observed through a viewing window.


Während des 60-jährigen Bestehens sind u. a. Adam Taubitz, Aki Takase, Archie Shepp, Art Hodes, Attila Zoller, Bill Ramsey, Billy Butterfield, Bireli Lagrene, Bob Mintzer, Bucky Pizzarelli, Charly Antolini, Charlie Byrd, Chico Freeman, Chris Barber, Deborah Henson-Conant, Harry Sweets Edison, Herb Ellis, James Moody, Larry Coryell, Lee Konitz, Lester Bowie, Lillian Boutte, Lou Donaldson, Louisiana Red, Lyambiko, Maria Joao, Martin Taylor, Marty Grosz, Max Greger, Monty Sunshine, Nat Adderley, Nils Wogram, Randy Brecker, Ray Brown, Ray Bryant, Rod Mason, Sammy Rimington, Sheila Jordan, Tom Harrell, Wild Bill Davison aufgetreten.

Concert organization

Currently, around 20 to 30 concerts are held annually in the Jazztone . The concert on the performance days usually starts on Fridays from 8:30 p.m. The concert program is published in the local daily newspapers, can be found on the homepage and is also made available on Facebook .

Jazz festivals

The jazz club 56 Lörrach organized the Baden-Württemberg State Jazz Festival in 1996 and 2006. [3] In addition, it presents itself in Loerrach swings [4] with several concerts of regional bands during a sale open Sundays in Lörrach town and for 20 years now "Jazz at the Castle", [5] an open-air event on the Rötteln Castle above Lörrach .



Commons : Jazztone - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b c d e f Excerpt from the chronology 1956 - 2018, source: Compilation of an excerpt from a chronology of the Jazzclub 56 Lörrach eV, Werner Büche from October 6, 2018
  2. ^ Badische Zeitung: Hard apprenticeship years and the saving jazz - Lörrach - Badische Zeitung. Retrieved August 20, 2019 .
  3. ^ Badische Zeitung: Local council approves contribution to jazz festival - Lörrach - Badische Zeitung. Retrieved September 13, 2019 .
  4. Badische Zeitung: MARKET TALK: Swing in all situations - Lörrach - Badische Zeitung. Retrieved September 13, 2019 .
  5. ^ Publishing house Jaumann Germany: Lörrach: Oldtime jazz at its finest - Jaumann publishing house. Retrieved September 13, 2019 .

Coordinates: 47 ° 37 '56.07 " N , 7 ° 40' 50.91" O