Portrait: Danish guitarist Jakob Bro shares his passion for the Copenhagen Jazz Scene


Article by The Copenhagen Post

Accomplished guitarist

Jakob Bro is a Danish guitar player and composer currently living in Copenhagen, Denmark. He is a former member of Paul Motian & The Electric Bebop Band (Garden of Eden, ECM – 2006) and a current member of Tomasz Stanko’s Dark Eyes Quintet (Dark Eyes, ECM – 2009). He has released 10 records as a bandleader, working with musicians including; Lee Konitz, Bill Frisell, Paul Motioan, Kenny Wheeler, Paul Bley, Chris Cheek, Thomas Morgan, and many more. Jakob is currently leading a trio with Jan Christensen and Thomas Morgan. This trio recorded for ECM records in November 2013.

Discovering jazz in Denmark

“I listened to Ornette Coleman play at the Copenhagen Jazz Festival some years back, and it was mesmerising. All of a sudden completely out of the blue something happened in that music that changed me. Like a gathering of energy that seemed to be completely natural and yet overwhelming and surprising – it’s mysterious”, explains Jakob of his love for jazz. From these unassuming beginnings, he has to date received five Danish Music Awards and has been accepted into Jazz Denmark’s Hall of Fame.

The guitarist has played at the Copenhagen Jazz Festival every year since 1999, saying that every year has been different and enjoyable. “The Jazz Festival uses the entire city of Copenhagen as its venue, and Copenhagen is a beautiful city. It’s got a very welcoming atmosphere. You can play avantgarde or New Orleans or whatever- – the important thing is the love for music and for improvisation”, he enthuses. Of the jazz scene in Copenhagen, Jakob says that there are so many interesting musicians, composers and bands; Copenhagen’s music scene is thriving. This year Jakob recommends that you not miss Jesper Zeuthen Trio at KoncertKirken on the 9th of July.

 

Jakob Bro at Copenhagen Jazz Festival:

Tuesday July 8, 21:00: Bro/Knak feat. Thomas Morgan & Sune Blicher (DK/US)  // BUY TICKET

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Saturday July 12, 20:00: Bro/Mikkelborg/Christensen/Morgan (DK/US/NO) // BUY TICKET

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