Institute for Jazz Research

Development of the Institute for Jazz Research

From 1965 to 1970: Institute for Jazz

In 1965, on the initiative of Dr. Friedrich Körner, the Institute for Jazz at the then Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Graz was established. It was the task of the Institute to provide for a practical and theoretical education of the students. In the years to follow there was an increasing demand for musicological and interchange-directed research in the field of jazz. In 1969 this development led to the foundation of the International Society for Jazz Research and in 1971 to the establishment of an autonomous Institute for Jazz Research.

Since 1971: Institute for Jazz Research

In 1971, after the Academy was restructured and then named Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst Graz, the Institute for Jazz was subsivided into the Institute for Jazz Research and the Jazz Department. The Institute for Jazz Research has since been concentrating on the expansion of jazz-scientific research in close co-operation with the International Society for Jazz Research.

One of the most important tasks of the Institue for Jazz Research is the publication of its three series, namely

  1. Jazzforschung / Jazz Research (edited as a year-book regularly since 1969)
  2. Beiträge zur Jazzforschung / Studies in Jazz Research (edited as an occasional paper since 1969)
  3. Jazz Research News (edited as an occasional paper since 2000)