Welcome to the 37th edition of Copenhagen Jazz Festival
The 37th edition of Copenhagen Jazz Festival starts today Friday, July 3. With more than 1200 concerts spread throughout 100 venues in Copenhagen and Frederiksberg, the city manifests yet again that it can live up to its reputation of a diverse and progressive jazz city.
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 (Dexter Gordon, Stan Getz, Ben Webster, Stuff Smith, Ed Thigpen, Thad Jones, Kenny Drew), and that spirit is still reflected and reinvented in the city today.
Copenhagen Jazz Festival continues to exhibit top international names, and at the same time, manages to reflect the vivid Copenhagen jazz scene that unfolds the genre and offers improvisation, modern jazz, swing and countless offshoots of jazz as an art form. In other words, live experiences for all: geeks and jazz newbies; children, youth and older generations; purists, party people and avant-garde experts. Copenhagen Jazz Festival is open to everyone.
Concert Hall Events and Club Highlights
The top of this year’s program depicts three phenomenal duos. The historical duo appearance featuring Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock has been sold out for months. Another couple of excellent musicians are Brazilians Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil, who have been musical ambassadors for their homeland since the Tropicalia movement at the end of the 60s. The third and, by far, most glamorous couple consists of Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, performing at Plænen in Tivoli in the middle of the festival week with “Cheek To Cheek”. Other international headliners include Dr. John, Dianne Reeves, Brad Mehldau Trio, Salif Keita, Al Jarreau, Jamie Cullum, Rhiannon Giddens, Michel Camilo, David Sanborn and Lizz Wright.
Jazz clubs and the year-round active organizers run a well-made and compelling Danish-international program, which this year is headlined by Ambrose Akinmusire, Fire! Orchestra, Palle Mikkelborg, Savage Rose, Gary Peacock, Enrico Pieranunzi, Joe Lovano, Miguel Zenón, Kenny Barron, Kirk Lightsey, Vijay Iyer Trio, Charles Hayward, David Liebman, The Thing, Felix Kubin, Nate Wooley etc.
Danish special projects include the Official Opening with Emil de Waal+ Nulle “Old News” plus several new festival projects with the great percussionist Marilyn Mazur “Shamania”, ECM-debutant Jakob Bro & “The Songs of Paul Motian” in Jazzhouse, international jazzrock trio Ibrahim Electric to play inside Frederiksberg Fire Station, and a tribute to the most famous Danish composer of all time, Carl Nielsen, who would have turned 150 years this year, featuring the renowned recorder player Michala Petri who has also been recording with Keith Jarrett.
Concert themes and Open Air concerts
As usual, the concert themes offer another easy way to navigate the Copenhagen Jazz Festival. This year’s themes are: Jazz by the Sea, Urban World Nights, Jazz at Frederiksberg, 21st Century Jazz, Jazz for Kids, and Jazz Remixed.
“Jazz by the Sea” at Kulturhuset Islands Brygge presents nine great evenings with ocean view, featuring American jazz stars like Bill Frisell, Larry Graham, Jason Moran, Yellowjackets, and The Bad Plus Joshua Redman, combined with a few Danish favorites and Paulo Braga! Deeper focus on vocal jazz can be experienced in Haveselskabets Have with Kurt Elling, Sinne Eeg, The Cabin Project and Tuva Semmingsen. Pressen/Politikens Hus invites to three dance evenings with afrobeat, cumbia and molam under the title “Urban World Nights”, the new world music theme that features stars like Orlando Julius and Totó la Momposina.
Free concerts will take place at the Open-Air venues such as Kongens Have, Vandkunsten, Sankt Hans Torv, Balders Plads and Amager Strandpark, which is one of the approximately 20 new festival venues. There are five days of free “Jazz for Kids” at Søndermarken, a new raw scene with progressive Danish music at Niels Hemmingsens Gade, and last but not least, the concert series “21st Century Jazz” at Skuespilhuset’s Foyer with award winning Danish artists such as Maria Faust, Jeppe Zeeberg, Lotte Anker, Kresten Osgood and more.
Program information: On this site you can read more about the festival’s major highlights, this year’s concert themes and find a complete venue list of all 100 festival venues. If you want more information, please, check the official program or the special issue in English “The international guide to Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2015″, published on July 2. The complete concert list, which is available on Jazz.dk/koncerter and in the free official app CPHJAZZ, provides an overview of the city’s diverse offer – a total of 1250 concerts spread over 10 festival days!
Ticket information: All concert tickets can be found via the concert list at jazz.dk, but should be bought separately for each concert via venues’ individual ticket providers. We recommend that you buy your ticket in advance for all major concerts. Tickets at the door: All venues will sell tickets at the door, provided the concert is not sold out. Some venues only sell tickets at the door.
Transportation: The easiest way to enjoy Copenhagen Jazz Festival is to use bike or public transportation. Your Public Transport offers a 12-hour Event Ticket, which allows you to travel cheap and easy between the venues. The ticket can be ordered online and will be delivered to your mobile phone – this applies to international numbers, as well. Read more on eventbillet.dk.
This year’s art poster was created by Julie Nord – read more.