Birdland (Hamburg jazz club)

Birdland is a jazz club in Hamburg. The basement club is located in the Eimsbüttel district on Gärtnerstraße. It was opened in 1985 by Dieter Reichert. The club was supported by Jazz Federation Hamburg e.V which organized the events and allowed its members to attend performances free of charge. The club accommodates audiences of 150 with seating for some 110. It has been described as "much-needed addition to Hamburg's catalogue of venues for international and home-grown stars."

Tini Thomsen and Matthias Konrad with the Thomsen Group @ Birdland, Hamburg (2322324186).jpg
CoordinatesCoordinates: 53°34′42″N 9°57′45″E / 53.5784°N 9.9624°E / 53.5784; 9.9624
OwnerDieter Reichert
Closed30 June 2013

Birdland's programmes covers swing, mainstream jazz, modern jazz, Latin jazz, Dixieland, and avant-garde.[1] Only live music is played. There are concerts several times a week. Once a week there is a jam session, in which beginners and music students played together with recognized jazz artists when they happened to be on tour. Once a month there is a vocal session.

The musicians who appeared at Birdland include Chet Baker, Art Blakey, Ray Brown, Rebekka Bakken, Tommy Flanagan, Johnny Griffin, Joe Henderson, Diana Krall, Brad Mehldau, Viktoria Tolstoy, and the brothers Branford and Wynton Marsalis. Recordings of performances at Birdland have been released on the ACT and Nagel-Heyer labels.

The club closed on 30 June 2013.[2][3] It reopened on 2 October 2014.[4]



  1. ^ McLachlan, Gordon (1 May 2004). Rough Guide to Germany 6. Rough Guides. p. 679. ISBN 978-1-84353-293-4. Retrieved 12 December 2012.
  2. ^ Tom R. Schulz, 2 April 2013 Letzter Frühling für das Birdland – Der traditionsreiche Jazzclub in Eimsbüttel schließt zum 30. Juni. in Die Welt
  3. ^ Hanna Grimm, 30 June 2013 Ende eines Jazzclubs: Bye-bye Birdland! in NDR - Hamburg, Retrieved 16 October 2013
  4. ^ Birdland Hamburg - Über uns
  5. ^ Bogdanov, Vladimir; Woodstra, Chris; Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (2002). All Music Guide to Jazz: The Definitive Guide to Jazz Music. Backbeat Books. p. 39. ISBN 978-0-87930-717-2. Retrieved 12 December 2012.

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