More than 1000 concerts announced for Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2018 (so far)


2018 marks Copenhagen Jazz Festival’s 40th edition – a citywide celebration with international headliners, strong artistic curation, a smorgasbord of free concerts throughout Copenhagen and more than 1000 concerts and events in total.

Every single summer since 1979 Copenhagen Jazz Festival has swept across Copenhagen as one of Europe’s most important international music events based on eminent artistic quality and a sharp focus on new acts in both Danish and international jazz. This year, you’re invited to a grand celebration of the festivals first 40 editions as Copenhagen Jazz Festival envelops the Danish capital, offering a sumptuous musical feast to the 250,000 attendants who join us year after year. Here, you can enjoy live jazz on the city’s streets, in its clubs, cafés and concert halls, and at open-air night venues – all in the very heart of historical Copenhagen.

The headliners for Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2018 include: Rokia Traoré (ML), Seu Jorge (BRA), Carla Bley Trio (US), Tim Berne (US), Hailu Mergia (ET), Brad Mehldau Trio (US), Mulatu Astatke (ET), Jeff Beck (UK), Charles Lloyd & Bill Frisell (US), Tomatito & Michel Camilo (ES/DO), Melody Gardot (US), Pharoah Sanders (US – SOLD OUT) and The Roots (US – SOLD OUT).

“A jazz lover can find well-known names in huge arenas sharing public attention with alternative performances in small places. Both newcomers and the more experienced can find something they’d love. Literally, there is a spectrum from traditional jazz to anything else that a jazz lover can imagine in the streets of Copenhagen during the Jazz Festival. (…) Yet jazz is nothing special for Copenhagen. This music is so linked to the city’s culture, that nobody is surprised to find so many venues hosting all the various events. To dive into jazz is natural for Copenhageners.” – Yahvé M. de la Cavada, Cultura en El País

“Going to the Copenhagen festival is a thrill for the jazz curious, though, requiring some advance planning and transit strategy to catch the various shows in venues spread around the city. The very act of “doing the Copenhagen fest” is a fine way to learn about the city’s neighborhoods and its venues.” – Josef Woodard, Downbeat

“For the sheer expansiveness – regarding styles of jazz, show selection, variety of venues throughout the city and musicianship (much homegrown, Denmark arguably having the second most significant jazz history to the US) – there’s really no comparison. Copenhagen Jazz Festival is a true treat to attend and absorb as much as you can, from the early afternoon (if not earlier) into the wee hours of the following day every day for almost two weeks straight. Sleep is definitely secondary.” – Laurence Donohue-Greene, The New York City Jazz Record

Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2018, July 6-15
10 days – more venues – more than 1200 concerts
Info & tickets: www.jazz.dk

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