This symposium will host internationally renowned experts, artists and journalists and focus on the diversity of American and European jazz. The participants will discuss topics and questions such as: How is the societal relevance of jazz expressed in the USA and Europe? What are the differences and similarities and what impacts do they have respectively? The question of how political dimensions of a genre that synonymously stood for freedom in the 1960ies can be grasped today will be discoursed infront of the background of the inception of the UNESCO International Jazz-Day this year. The Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA), a multi-disciplinary department at the University of Heidelberg, will discuss and trace these transatlantic connections under the guidance of the sociologist and musicologist Dr Christian Broecking. It will bring together academic interest with the joy of enjoying this music. With this event and in cooperation with the Festival, the HCA would like to establish a representative venue in Germany where transatlantic issues in jazz can be discussed.