See the pictures: Pharoah Sanders and The Roots wrote music history at Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2018


Spiritual sax player Pharoah Sanders and the live hip hop ensemble The Roots took over Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2018 and contributed with new pages in the history book of music in Copenhagen. Check out the photos below.

Pharoah Sanders last paid a visit to Copenhagen at the very first edition of Copenhagen Jazz Festival in 1979. Back then he performed in the legendary Jazzhus Montmartre in Nørregade – this time around, 39 years later, the 78-year old sax icon entered the intimate stage in Brorsons Kirke (trans: Brorson’s Church) with his quartet (William Henderson, Oliver Hayhurst, Gene Calderazzo) for two late-night concerts on July 9 and 10.

July 10 was also the night of The Roots’ performance in DR Koncerthuset’s Concert Hall. Their concert was met by a wildly enthusiastic audience, enjoying what has often been named the world’s greatest live act in hip hop at their first performance in a symphonic setting on Danish ground. Questlove, Thought and the other nine members of The Roots were quick to demonstrate just how far their music reaches into both hip hop, soul and jazz in front of a totally sold-out concert hall. Danish music medium GAFFA reviewed the concert, giving it six out of six possible stars and a lot of praise: “The Roots wrote music history (…) Whether it was hip hop, jazz or something else entirely doesn’t matter – what we heard in DR Koncerthuset was the music.”

See the photos from both Pharoah Sanders and The Roots below:

Pharoah Sanders Quartet – Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2018, Brorsons Kirke, 9. juli. © Kristoffer Juel Poulsen, www.jazz.dk Copenhagen Jazzfestival 2018. Copenhagen Jazzfestival 2018. Copenhagen Jazzfestival 2018. Copenhagen Jazzfestival 2018. Copenhagen Jazzfestival 2018. The Roots – Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2018, DR Koncerthuset, 10. juli. © Kristoffer Juel Poulsen, www.jazz.dk Copenhagen Jazzfestival 2018. Copenhagen Jazzfestival 2018. Copenhagen Jazzfestival 2018. Copenhagen Jazzfestival 2018.