Growing Up - Die Emanzipation des Jazz in der Schweiz 1965-1980

For the first time, a crucial chapter in Swiss jazz history will be subjected to detailed scholarly investigation and placed in a European context, by means of source studies and oral history and from the perspective of cultural theory.


  • Lead department Bern University of the Arts
  • Institute Institute Interpretation
  • Research unit Pop and Jazz in Context
  • Funding organisation SNSF
  • Duration 01.03.2013 - 29.02.2016
  • Project management Thomas Gartmann
  • Head of project Thomas Gartmann
  • Project staff Angelika Güsewell
    Christian Richard sel. Steulet
    Britta Sweers
  • Partner Schweizerischer Nationalfonds SNF
    Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz, Hochschule für Musik, Jazz
    Haute Ecole de Musique Vaud Valais Fribourg
    Hochschule Luzern
    Zentralbibliothek Zürich
    ZHDK Musik
    Universität Bern, Institut für Musikwissenschaft
    Fonoteca Nazionale Svizzera
    Jazz Archives in Europe /Siena Jazz
    Jazzinstitut Darmstadt
    University of Salford
    TCB Music


This project will feature case studies of personalities, festivals, clubs and other institutions at a time of change, revolt, consolidation and ennoblement. In the period under investigation, important festivals, colleges and record labels were founded, musicians organized themselves, were accorded state subsidies for the first time, and made a significant contribution to the development of free jazz and jazz-rock. Jazz journalism also became professional. ‘Growing up’ is the first research collaboration between all the jazz institutions of tertiary education in Switzerland, and will culminate in the practical testing and implementation of the results.