The 15th edition of the Vinterjazz made the venue record and was a celebration of diversity


Vinterjazz 2015 ended Sunday night after 17 amazing festival days with the participation of more than 100 venues across the country. With that, made the 15th edition of the Vinterjazz the venue record again (2013: 60 venues, 2014: 75 venues) and could, thanks to the strong support from the public, the press and the organizers, again put jazz in focus in the cold period.

Vinterjazz featured about 500 concerts in total, together with the very last program additions, which also meant that the program was more diverse than ever: Music from around the world; Live Experiences across the genre spectrum of jazz, avant-garde, world music, Future Sound of Jazz and Something Else; Special projects for young people in the form of Impressions of, Young Jazz and Jazz Camp for Girls; and, not least, this year’s special Vinterjazz concerts with Brad Mehldau solo, the Portuguese fado sensation Cristina Branco, Alex Riel & Stefan Pasborg feat. Annisette, Mikkelborg among others, ‘The Music of Ornette Coleman & Prime Time’ feat. Jamaaladeen Tacuma (on the photo), the restoration of Marilyn Mazur ‘Future Song ‘, DR Big Band 50th anniversary tour, release concerts for Jakob Bro ECM debut, impro-festival at Råhuset, as well as the many American guests in the new Danish constellations that has left their mark on Vinterjazz 2015.

When it comes to the many venues and organizers, Vinterjazz is in its basic form an inclusive and diversity-celebrating event. The festival involves jazz clubs, concert halls and special venues; regional venues and local music associations; cultural, educational institutions, and theaters throughout the country.

After the successful Vinterjazz, it is time to look forward to future festival dates. Mark your calendar for the Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2015 on 3-12th July and Vinterjazz 2016 on 5-21st February.

Thanks to all the venues, organizers, musicians, audience, business partners, the Danish Arts Foundation, and Jazz Denmark. A special thanks to the festival’s main contributor Nordea-Fonden. (Photo of Jamaaladeen Tacuma: Torben Christensen, Scanpix)