Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2014 was full of great experiences and little wonders


The 36th edition of Copenhagen Jazz Festival ended with unstable weather and the World Cup finals, but that could in no way interfere with the image of a fantastic 2014 festival edition marked by sunshine, lots of wonderful concert moments and great jazz atmosphere throughout the greater Copenhagen area, from Rødovre and Valby to Amager via Frederiksberg and all over the inner city.

Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2014 ended late Sunday evening, and so it is clear that this year’s edition set a new record with a total of 1268 concerts during the ten jazz infused days. 101 venues were part of the festival, including 14 new, compared to last year.

As the festival’s director Kenneth Hansen said: “This year’s festival had it all; great summer weather, lots of audience both inside and out, great concert moments – both with and without Stevie Wonder! With Copenhagen’s strong jazz scene as a foundation for it all, jazz has been growing everywhere, in all its shapes and sizes, during the Copenhagen Jazz Festival – and people can really feel it, regardless of whether they are tourists or native Copenhageners … ”

The festival had been bound to become a historic and multi-faceted adventure for everyone even prior to the beginning of this year’s edition, but it was for the most part the story of Stevie Wonder’s guest appearance at the Gregory Porter show in the DR Concert Hall, that traveled the world.  The festival thus showed once again that the effect of its unique structure is both diverse, inclusive and broad in its understanding of jazz ramifications – and is also able to place Copenhagen as an international jazz city with concerts of a high artistic quality.

According to the journalists was this year’s festival outstandingly good. A number of concerts received superb reviews, among others Gregory Porter, Tinariwen and Concha Buika in the DR Concert Hall, Chick Corea / Stanley Clarke and Hiromi at Viften in Rødovre, Children Of The Light Trio at the Betty Nansen, Bro / Mikkelborg / Christensen / Morgan in The Black Diamond, Mats Gustafsson / Thurston Moore and Christian McBride Trio at Jazzhouse, the Thing in the Skuespilhuset, Jagwa Music at Loppen, Stacey Kent at Sølyst as well as Phronesis, Joshua Redman and Bona/Katché at Jazz By The Sea at Kulturhuset Islands Brygge. This year’s most popular concert was the A-team in the King’s Garden on July 6, where the classical flute player Michala Petri appeared as a secret guest – to the audience’s great delight.

“Those who saw Porter and Wonder in Concert Hall, got themselves a memory for life. All around the city however, at numerous concerts, thousands of festival-goers acquired their own personal renditions from the Copenhagen Jazz Festival. Impressions from concerts with Danish and foreign musicians have done what they do best: let the moment and improvisation dictate and music surprise, “writes music editor Thomas Michelsen in Politiken, Sunday.

We would like to express our big gratitude and thank the musicians, venues, volunteers and partners, as well as the contributors of the municipalities of Copenhagen and Frederiksberg, the Danish Arts Foundation and the festival’s media partner Politiken.

A special thank you goes to the festival’s main sponsor Nordea Foundation, which through its long-standing support has helped to strengthen the Copenhagen Jazz Festival and preserve Copenhagen as an international jazz capital.

Copenhagen Jazz Festival will return again next year with the dates 3rd-12th July 2015.

Facts about Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2014
– Established in 1979
– One of Europe’s biggest jazz events
– Total 1268 concerts (new record)
– 101 venues (including 14 new venues since 2013)
– Next events: Vinterjazz 2015, 6-22nd February & Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2015 on the 3-12th July.