Jeff Beck (UK) confirmed as 4th headliner at Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2018
Guitar icon Jeff Beck has joined the list of headliners at Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2018, performing in DR Koncerthuset’s Concert Hall on July 9. This makes him the fourth headliner alongside Brad Mehldau Trio, Melody Gardot and Michel Camilo & Tomatito at the 40th anniversary edition of Copenhagen Jazz Festival.
One of the genre’s most dynamic representatives, Jeff Beck remains a true virtuoso of rock’n’roll. Not content with performing within any strict boundaries of “rock”, Beck has amassed a wealth of inspiration from diverging genres – especially from the sprawling musical landscape known as jazz. His style is grounded in improv, and this has led Beck to create a series of important jazz rock records both on his own and in collaboration with another fusion icon, Jan Hammer. Experience the soon-to-be 74 year old guitar giant in optimum conditions in DR Koncerthuset’s majestic Concert Hall this summer.
JEFF BECK (UK) – DR KONCERTHUSET, JULY 9 2018
Jeff Beck is one of rock’s true virtuosos and among its most dynamic instrumentalists. He is not strictly a “rock” guitarist, having taken much from the world of jazz as well. His style is largely based on improvisation, and he’s cut hybrid jazz-rock albums on his own and with jazz-fusion titan Jan Hammer. Beck’s career has never followed a straight trajectory.
Much like his solos, he zigs and zags wherever inspiration leads him. His quixotic career has included membership in the Yardbirds, two hard-hitting lineups of the Jeff Beck Group and a pair of albums from the mid-Seventies (Blow by Blow and Wired) that set a new standard for instrumental rock. He is one of a relative handful of musicians who have been twice inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – with the Yardbirds and as a solo artist and bandleader.
Beck is a whiz at wresting precision-tooled melodies and explosive atmospherics from the guitar, combining awesome fretboard technique with mastery of effects and pedals. Writer Gene Santoro hailed “his strong vibrato, his fierce attack and fat tone, his acute microtonal sense of pitch when he bends or slides into a note, his sophisticated sense of melodic and rhythmic playing, his ability to wring painfully true notes from up by the guitar’s pickups, [and] his continuing use of the electric guitar to generate textures as well as notes.” Beck cultivated a singularly expressive voice on the guitar that obviated the need for a singer – or at least gave Beck the option of choosing to work with or without one throughout his career.
The concert is presented in a joint collaboration between DR Koncerthuset, ICO Concerts and Copenhagen Jazz Festival, celebrating its 40th edition from July 6-15, 2018.