Founded in 1990 by director Bertrand Gröger, the Freiburg Jazz Choir has been giving concerts as a vocal big band to the acclaim of audiences and the press worldwide ("a firework of rhythm", "the most progressive voice in German choirs").
In addition to winning first prize at every competition it has taken part in (including first prize at the German Choir Competition in 1998 and first prize at the Choir Olympics in Korea 2002), the Freiburg Jazz Choir's national and international fame has resulted in tours throughout Germany, Japan, Russia, and Korea, concerts in France, the Czech Republic, Poland, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, and Denmark, collaborations with Bobby McFerrin, the Swingle Singers, and the Bamberg Symphonic Orchestra, CDs, and radio and TV appearances.
The concept of the Jazzchor has been fruitful: from the outset, Bertrand Gröger and the choir have taken it upon themselves to venture into new musical territory. Jazz standards and classics are presented in completely new versions; in addition, original compositions and constant research to find new choir arrangements from other cultures play a large role in the group's sound. The choir thus attempts to go down the road that is always the buzzword in music discussions but is rarely put into practice: bridging culture with a capital and lower-case "c".