Woody Allen & his New Orleans Jazz Band to perform in Amager Bio


The iconic filmmaker and clarinet player Woody Allen joins the international headliners at Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2017. Woody Allen and his New Orleans Jazz Band under the musical direction of Eddy Davis is set to perform at the official venue Amager Bio on July 10th.

Woody Allen and his New Orleans Jazz Band is added to the 39th edition of Copenhagen Jazz Festival with a truly world-spanning line-up that already includes headliners like Herbie Hancock, Anoushka Shankar, Dee Dee Bridgewater, David Sanborn, Norah Jones, Erykah Badu, Bill Frisell, Roberto Fonseca, Omer Avital, Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles, Jamie Cullum, Oumou Sangaré and many others. The complete festival programme, featuring a total of more than 1200 concerts, will be announced in the beginning of June.

For more than thirty-five years, Woody Allen and His New Orleans Jazz Band have been delighting audiences with a hot mix of New Orleans-inspired music. The band’s sound is firmly rooted in the music that Woody Allen has loved since his childhood and draws inspiration from such legendary artists as Sidney Bechet, George Lewis, Johnny Dodds, Jimmie Noone and of course, Louis Armstrong.

Their repertoire consists of over 1200 songs and comprises a diverse collection of early 20th century popular tunes, hymns, spirituals, marches, blues and rags. In keeping with the spontaneous nature of the music, every performance is an energetic collection of improvisations. There is no play list, nor do the musicians know which song Allen, in collaboration with band director Eddy Davis, will call out next.

Beginning as informal jam sessions and then becoming regular concerts every Monday night, the band has performed for thousands of New Yorkers and visitors from all over the world.  For the last decade, the group has been regularly playing once a week at the Manhattan landmark hotel, The Carlyle. Allen even missed accepting an Academy Award so as not to miss his Monday night gig.

In 1996, the band embarked on its first tour of Europe and was chronicled in the documentary film, “Wild Man Blues” and subsequent compact disc titled under the same. Since then, the band has returned to Europe on numerous occasions, and will embark on a new European tour in the summer of 2017.

Woody Allen & his New Orleans Jazz Band w. Musical Director: Eddy Davis (US)
Monday July 10, 20:00 in Amager Bio – Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2017
Buy tickets via amagerbio.dk og ticketmaster.dk

 

About Copenhagen Jazz Festival

Since 1979 Copenhagen Jazz Festival has been taking over Copenhagen as one of Europe’s largest and 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 a total of 250,000 visitors who join us year after year. Enjoying live jazz in the city’s gardens, squares and streets, in its famous clubs, concert halls and cafés, and at open-air night venues – all in the very heart of historical Copenhagen.

Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2017, July 7-16
10 days – 120 venues – more than 1200 concerts