Copenhagen Jazz Festival
Sankt Peders Stræde 28C, 2nd floor
DK-1453 København K, Denmark
Phone: +45 3393 2013
Vat no: 75892616
Press room: www.jazzroom.dk
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Project and Volunteers Coordinator
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Anders Laursen (chairman)
Jens Erik Sørensen
About the festival
Every single summer since 1979 Copenhagen Jazz Festival has been taking over Copenhagen as one of Europe’s most important international music events based on eminent artistic quality and a sharp focus on new departures in both Danish and international jazz. Lasting 10 days, the festival envelops the Danish capital, offering a sumptuous musical feast to the 250,000 guests who join us year after year. Enjoying live jazz on the city’s streets, in its clubs cafés and concert halls, and at open-air night venues – all in the very heart of historical Copenhagen.
Copenhagen’s legendary status as one of the jazz capitals of Europe grew in the 1950s and 1960s, when a whole host of leading American jazz icons had their creative base in the city. Among those who have called Copenhagen home are Dexter Gordon, Stan Getz, Ben Webster, Stuff Smith, Ed Thigpen, Thad Jones and Kenny Drew. Each and every one of them has drawn inspiration from Denmark’s jazz scene and the era’s most important jazz club: Jazzhus Montmartre. This was also the time when some of Denmark’s best musicians had their international breakthrough, musicians like Alex Riel, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen and Palle Mikkelborg.
Copenhagen’s unique jazz history is a key factor in the exceptionally high level of the Copenhagen Jazz Festival, something that can be experienced at the many free open-air stages strategically located throughout the historical city centre. Together with Copenhagen’s record number of cafés and music venues, these stagers create a unique atmosphere, bringing the city alive with jazz from early morning to late at night. As Signe Lopdrup, director of Copenhagen Jazz Festival, says: “People don’t only come for a fantastic musical experience, but for the unique atmosphere throughout Copenhagen when jazz takes over the city.”
The festival audience can listen to top international jazz names at the stunning Royal Theatre, Copenhagen’s Opera House and Jean Nouvel’s architectural world-class Koncerthus – as well as along the harbour front, where they can take a dip in the clear waters to the sounds of Danish and international jazz. Copenhagen Jazz Festival also proudly presents music at the border of jazz and other genres as part of the programme ‘Something Else’. And everyone’s welcome to take their kids to the beautiful parks to the east of the city where thousands of children and their parents flock every summer to enjoy a packed programme of live jazz, circus, painting workshops and singing - all part of the ‘Jazz for Kids’ festival programme.
Copenhagen Jazz Festival takes a pride in reaching many – and new – audiences, with tailor-made programmes for pensioners and teenagers, kids and their families, as well as catering for jazz aficionados and enthusiasts. Visitors can look forward to Copenhagen as a friendly and creative city where it’s safe to wander around accompanied by jazz night and day. A modern and open-minded metropolis that can be experienced at its very best during Copenhagen Jazz Festival.
Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2013 takes place from July 5 to 14.
Copenhagen Jazz Festival
- Copenhagen Jazz Festival starts the first friday of July and runs for ten straight days.
- The festival features around 1,000 concerts at around 100 venues.
- The concerts takes place at clubs, cafes, bars, concert halls and open-air stages in the city’s parks and squares and along the harbour front.
- Besides the concerts acquiring entry fees the festival features a great number of free concerts.
- Pre-sale spots can be found at www.jazz.dk. In addition, most venues will offer tickets at the door.
- The festival engages more than 200 volunteers.
- The festival has existed in its present form since 1979.
- The printed programme is released in May and is available for free at local supermarket Irma, local libraries and cultural insitutions, cafes, and at all venues.
- The complete programme is also available for download as a free application for iPhone and Android. The application features a full festival schedule, daily news, and much more.
- During the course of the 10 days the total audience numbers to more than 250,000 people.
- The visitors are divided evenly among the age groups 0-35 years, 36-55 years and 56 years or older.
- Nine out of teen visitors are Danish. The foreign visitors are primarily Swedish, Norwegian, German, British and American.
- Copenhagen Jazz Festival generates approximately 80 million Danish kroner in revenue for the city of Copenhagen (Source: Wonderful Copenhagen, Nov. 2011)
→ Visitor Analysis: Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2011 (by Wonderful Copenhagen) PRESS RELEASE // REPORT
→ Repport: Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2010 (98 MB) (PDF)
Good to know
The festival program is released at the end of May as a free, 60-page paper. The program is available at Irma, the venues, cafés, libraries, cultural institutions and music stores in Copenhagen and the major Danish cities. The program is also available as a free app for iPhone and Android. Download the app here.
Tickets for the concerts are bought through the individual organizers. You can find ticket links by accessing the event pages at Jazz.dk. Often tickets will be sold at the door as well, but we recommend that you buy your tickets in advance for every show with presale. The festival also presents a lot of concerts with no entrance fee. They are the ones without an “A” (for “Admission”) in the concert lists.
Getting around in Copenhagen - Event ticket by bus, train and metro
Copenhagen is a small city and easy to get around whether you are walking, biking or using the city's ever expanding public transport system including busses, trains and the Metro. In cooperation with the bus, train and metro companies Copenhagen Jazz Festival offers a daily event ticket that lets you travel in zones 1-4 (Copenhagen incl. the airport) for 20 DKK or in every zone (the whole capital region) for 40 DKK a day. The event ticket takes the form of a sms-ticket and is valid from 4AM to 4 AM for one adult plus 2 children up til age 12. Buy the ticket by clicking the links below.
Cheap hotel tickets with Arp-Hansen
Arp-Hansen Hotel Group is Copenhagen Jazz Festival’s official hotel partner with 11 hotel centrally located in Copenhagen: Phoenix Copenhagen, 71 Nyhavn Hotel, Imperial Hotel, Grand Hotel, The Square, Tivoli Hotel, Copenhagen Island, Copenhagen Strand, Hotel Opera, Wakeup Copenhagen and Gentofte Hotel. The hotels are characterized by occupying unique buildings and unique adresses. Book your hotel here and get the lowest price here.
Getting here by plane
Copenhagen Airport, Kastrup, is easy to reach from various destinations all over the world and is located only a 15 minute drive by cab, train or metro from the city center. To compare airfares and book the most economical flights to Copenhagen check out search engines such as orbItz.com or kayak.com.
Getting here by bus or train
If you are traveling from the European continent there are several ways to reach Copenhagen by train or bus. Copenhagen Central Station is located right in the city center and has a number of daily arrivals from destinations in Denmark as well as from destinations in Sweden and Germany among others European countries. Find your train at dsb.dk. At Ingerslevsgade just behind the central station busses arrive as well several times a day from destinations in Scandinavia and the rest of Europe – visit eurolines.com. For more information on travel and transport check the official tourist site of Visit Denmark.
The festival poster, t-shirt and other merchandise can be purchased at our webshop at www.jazz.dk/Shop.
Sponsors and contributors
Below you can see who supports Copenhagen Jazz Festival.
Main contributor: Nordea Fonden
Nordea-fonden has been the main contributor for Copenhagen Jazz Festival since 2003. Nordea-fonden also supports the festival Vinterjazz (Winter Jazz) in February and a special project for the development of the international jazz scene i Copenhagen and activities for children. Nordea-fonden support activities that further the good life in the areas health, sport, nature and culture.
Tuborg Classic is official beer sponsor and supplier for Copenhagen Jazz Festival.
Copenhagen Jazz Festival and Irma started a creative collaboration in December 2010 lasting three years and includes the festival Vinterjazz as well.
Hotel partner: Arp-Hansen Hotel Group
Arp-Hansen is Copenhagen Jazz Festival's hotel partner with 11 hotels located in central Copenhagen.
Media partner: Politiken
Politiken has been a steady media partner through a number of years. The partnership includes the concert theme "The Sound of ..." in the old press at Politikens Hus.
Transport partner: Movia
Transport partner: Metro
Cph Volunteers: www.cphvolunteers.dk
Ren By: www.renby.dk
Online City: www.onlinecity.dk
Juhl Sørensen: www.piano.dk
Larsen Backline: www.larsenbackline.com
Københavns Kommune: www.kk.dk
Kulturministeriet & Statens Kunstråds Musikudvalg: www.kum.dk & www.kunst.dk
Frederiksberg Kommune: www.frederiksberg.dk
Region Hovedstaden: www.regionh.dk
Center for Kultur & Udvikling: www.cku.dk
Other contributors and sponsors:
Augustinus Fonden: www.augustinusfonden.dk
Hempel Fonden: www.hempelfonden.dk
Dansk Musiker Forbund: www.dmf.dk
Dansk Kapelmesterforening: www.kapelmesterforening.dk
Dansk Artist Forbund: www.artisten.dk
Kongsberg Jazzfestival: www.kongsberg-jazzfestival.no
Stockholm Jazz Festival: www.stockholmjazz.com
Tampere Jazz Happening: www.tamperemusicfestivals.fi/jazz
Aarhus Jazz Festival: www.jazzfest.dk