Jazzkeller guiding light down the decades Eugen Hahn has died

Eugen Hahn, who has died aged 79, ran one of Europe's most significant jazz clubs, the Jazzkeller in Frankfurt for more than three decades. At the club he organised more than 200 concerts per year. Hahn, a former bassist, grew up in Eberswalde in …

Published: 26 Dec 2020. Updated: 2 months.

Eugen Hahn, who has died aged 79, ran one of Europe's most significant jazz clubs, the Jazzkeller in Frankfurt for more than three decades. At the club he organised more than 200 concerts per year.

Hahn, a former bassist, grew up in Eberswalde in what was then East Germany. He emigrated to West Germany in the early-1980s and in 1986 he and his wife took over the Jazzkeller, a club that had been founded by Carlo Bohländer in 1952.

Paying tribute on social media the HR big band/Frankfurt radio big band official account noted his passing and expressed condolences: "'Eugen…oh no…that's too sad'. The first thought that came to our manager, Olaf Stötzler, at the news of Eugen Hahn's death. That deeply expresses the feelings for many of us in this moment. The Jazzkeller is a Frankfurt institution and Eugen kept it alive, was a friend and supporter of so many, including our musicians. We mourn the loss of a tireless engine of the jazz scene and a close friend.''

Further reading: a tribute by former Jazzkeller house bassist Jonas Lohse. Photo: Jazzkeller

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A pretty good year for jazz on film and TV in 2020 against all odds. The Eddy wasn't just the best thing on a jazz theme to come along this year but nothing has come close in a decade, when the early episodes of Treme dazzled in 2010. Ma Rainey came …

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Julie (Amandla Stenberg) and Elliot (André Holland), top, in The Eddy. Photo: Netflix