Copenhagen shone alongside new and old stars at Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2017


Press release, Sunday July 16

10 days. 1400 concerts at more than 120 venues. The 39th edition of Copenhagen Jazz Festival ends in the small hours of Sunday night, but the organizers are already able to look back at a well-attended festival, where even the weather showed itself from its musical side. Copenhagen Jazz Festival created both a party for the public as well as moments of limitless contemplation.

The record-breaking amount of concerts expresses an artistic variety and musical diversity unique to Copenhagen Jazz Festival, oftentimes readily apparent when delving the depths of jazz as it appears in the world. During Copenhagen Jazz Festival’s 10 days, this diverse musical expression sets its solid mark on a natural backdrop made up by Copenhagen’s many varied locales – and vice versa. The attendance at Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2017 has been overwhelming, in part thanks to the many international headliners, the sold-out Danish one-offs and rarities and the large-scale open air concerts blessed by decent Danish summer weather. This year’s festival was also impacted by younger stars such as Mark Guliana, Ambrose Akinmusire and Danish singer Coco O., all drawing sellout crowds. Packed venues were also the norm at performances by headliners such as Anoushka Shankar, Herbie Hancock, Oumou Sangaré, Roberto Fonseca, Jason Moran, Eliane Elias – and not least Jamie Cullum, who will end the concert hall line-up Sunday evening in DR Koncerthuset. Venues like Literaturhaus, Jazzhouse and Brorsons Kirke have also hosted sold-out shows, while the outdoor stages with free admittance such as Kongens Have, Balders Plads and Jazz for Kids in Lindevangsparken are reporting bigger audiences than ever before.

“We look back at an all-encompassing festival; the legends, the stars of tomorrow, experimental concerts, globally oriented music and several new stages organized by the festival itself – open air, in concert halls, churches and much more. The entire capital with all of its fantastic musicians and organizers has played along”, says festival director Kenneth Hansen, looking forward to the festival’s 40th anniversary next year. “The coming weeks will see us busy evaluating Copenhagen Jazz Festival, primarily in regard to the venues and organizers – but also as part of a continuous dialogue with the Copenhagen Municipality and tourist organisation Wonderful Copenhagen. The latter has carried out a series of data experiments during the festival, aimed at attracting even more international guests – and in this way, Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2017 has been the perfect warmup for the big anniversary celebration in 2018.”

Thanks to the venues, organizers, audiences, musicians, volunteers and collaborators as well as the Danish Arts Foundation, Copenhagen Municipality and Frederiksberg Municipality. A special thanks to the festival’s main contributor, Nordea-fonden.