International Association of Schools of Jazz

Founded in 1989 in Germany. Headquarters in The Netherlands. Annual IASJ Jazz Meeting hosted by top-level jazz schools world-wide



reichstaller claus

Dear friends and members of the IASJ,

We are very proud and looking forward to be the host of the upcoming IASJ Jazz Meeting in 2021. It is a great pleasure to invite all of you to Munich, Germany.

Unfortunately, the world is in a difficult situation due to the covid-19 pandemic with particular challenges, especially for us jazz musicians.

This is a big reason for us to spread good news: We definitely want the next meeting to take place!

Depending on how the situation develops, some of you will have the opportunity to be there in Munich. For all those who cannot be there we will provide the possibility to attend online.

In any case, we look forward seeing you all in July 2021 at the Jazz Institute of the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich, Germany.

Finally, an inspiring statement by Sonny Rollins in an interview on July 11, 2020 (The New Yorker):

„Jazz has got to retain its integrity, its spirituality. It’s got to mean something. That’s No. 1. There are a lot of great players thinking that way in the music. It’s all good. I don’t think we should lament the fact that, Oh, we can’t play in the club anymore. That’s passing. We’ll be able to, as musicians, play serious jazz. I think that will prevail. I can’t prophesize, but I have a strong intuitive feeling that it will be stronger than ever and have another shot at trying to turn this world around. “ - Sonny Rollins-

Stay healthy,


Prof. Claus Reichstaller Head of the Jazz Institute at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich


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International Association of Schools of Jazz

IASJ: the world-wide network of performers, educators and researchers in jazz

In mid-Germany on a misty and rainy April day in 1989, a dozen interested people in jazz education came together, invited by David Liebman. Plans were made to do something for jazz students, teachers and heads of departments. The idea for the IASJ Jazz Meeting was born. Over the past three decades the IASJ Jazz Meeting has brought together thousands of jazz students who became the top performers of today, jazz educators who constantly reinvent jazz pedagogy, and jazz directors who determine the future of jazz and jazz education.