Vinterjazz 2018 announces the first part of its line-up


On Friday December 1, Vinterjazz is ready to reveal the festival’s venues and about 100 concerts at the nationwide event taking place from February 2-25 2018. Among the headliners are acts such as Jorge Rossy, Walt Weiskopf, Lionel Loueke, Tyshawn Sorey, Fire! Orchestra, Phronesis and Palle Mikkelborg “Hommage”.

Two months ahead of its official opening, Vinterjazz 2018 is ready to announce a major part of this edition’s collected line-up. On the international side of things we find the Spanish star Jorge Rossy, regular Herbie Hancock guitarist Lionel Loueke, the Scandinavian free jazz ensemble Fire! Orchestra, the New Orleans-bred singer Sasha Masakowski and other acts from abroad such as Justin Kauflin, Walt Weiskopf, Kirk Lightsey, Nancy Harms, Randy Newman, Katie Thiroux, Circuit des Yeux and not least Tyshawn Sorey – one of the most talked-about American jazz composers today.

A large portion of these international artists also act as guest stars, touring the country alongside a slew of Danish acts. Several domestic acts are hitting the road in concurrence with Vinterjazz 2018 – Aarhus Jazz Orchestra, Emil de Waal+ feat. Nulle, DR Big Band feat. Claudia Campagnol, Sinne Eeg Group, Morten Schantz Godspeed, Girls in Airports, The KutiMangoes, Phronesis, Marilyn Mazur Special 4 feat. Jakob Buchanan and others.

The first special events have also been revealed: Palle Mikkelborg and DR Big Band have joined forces for a grand night presenting the music from the legendary Mikkelborg/NHØP-collab “Hommage” in Koncertsalen. Meanwhile, the relatively newfangled Maluba Orchestra, fronted by Marilyn Mazur, Fredrik Lundin and Kasper Bai, sets forth on a festival tour, while Aarhus Jazz Orchestra will play a series of concerts titled “Sketches of Barcelona” with Jorge Rossy and composer/sax player Cesar Joaniquet as special guests.

The 18th edition of Vinterjazz takes place from February 2-25 in 2018. The line-up of concerts will be continually revealed during November, December and January. The annual nationwide music festival was founded in 2001 and always takes place during February. Its role as a national gathering spot for venues and organizers, artists and audiences in both small towns and big cities is exactly what sets Vinterjazz apart from almost all other Danish festivals – a national initiative coming to fruition in a very local way. Vinterjazz also marks the beginning of a new season of concerts for the regional venues, local organizers, audiences and artists; the latter now able to tour again after a few dormant months, thanks to the increased concert activity at Vinterjazz. 2017 saw the attendance of more than 120 venues and organizers across the country, presenting approximately 600 concerts.