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. The Jazzinstitut is housed in a baroque hunting chalet called the Bessunger Kavaliershaus (built between 1709 and 1725). The historical vaulted cellar underneath the Jazzinstitut has become a performance space for intimate concerts, among them the concert series “JazzTalk”. The Jazzinstitut Darmstadt is a cultural institution of the City of Sciences Darmstadt.
The Jazzinstitut 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. The Jazzinstitut has also earned a reputation in the jazz world for its reliable services answering inquiries of any kind.