Kenny Barron, Enrico Pieranunzi, Kenny Werner m.fl. added to stellar pianist line-up at Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2015

This year’s festival program is already bursting with some of the world’s most renowned jazz pianists, mainly the legendary duo Herbie Hancock & Chick Corea playing an already sold out show on the July 9. Among the headliners are also Brad Mehldau Trio, opening the DR Koncerthuset’s festival program on July 4, Jamie Cullum & Tivoli’s Big Band on July 3, at Plænen, as well as Michel Camilo, on July 8, in Amager Bio.

Latest additions of international piano names for this year’s festival program include great American guest stars and Nordic/European ECM names: Kenny Barron, Ben Sidran, Kenny Werner, Aaron Parks, Bobo Stenson, Lars Jansson and Enrico Pieranunzi, playing venues such as Jazzhus Montmartre, Betty Nansen Theatre and Gustav Bistro.

Copenhagen Jazz Festival takes place at 100 venues throughout Copenhagen and Frederiksberg, on 3-12 July. Approximately half of this year’s line-up has been published so far. The full program is out around the 1st of June. See the preliminary program – here.


Kenny Barron Trio (US/JP)

Kenny Barron (b. 1943) is a pianist with few equals. Renowned for his recordings with Stan Getz in the old Montmartre and for his sublime trio work, he fills every room with warmth and intimacy.

American pianist Kenny Barron has been involved in countless of releases, both as a solo artist and as a feature, and he is currently considered one of the most important and influential mainstream jazz pianists since the bebop era. In Denmark he is known for his recordings with Stan Getz i Montmartre i Nørregade and for his outstanding trio-recordings under his own name. He is one of the very few living pianists who have written series of compositions that are today considered standard tunes.

Honored by The National Endowment for the Arts as a 2010 Jazz Master, Kenny Barron has an unmatched ability to mesmerize audiences with his elegant playing, sensitive melodies and infectious rhythms. The Los Angeles Times named him “one of the top jazz pianists in the world” and Jazz Weekly calls him “The most lyrical piano player of our time.”  Kenny Barron trio consisting of  his favorite bassist, Kiyoshi Kitagawa, and drum master Jonathan Blake is one of the most iconic trios in the world. The true American jazz at its very best.

4/7-6/7: Kenny Barron Trio (US/JP) → Jazzhus Montmartre // BUY TICKETS


Bobo Stenson feat. Palle Danielsson and Jon Fält  (SE)

Bobo Stenson is perhaps the greatest pianist that Swedish jazz has produced over the years. In his long career he has toured extensively with legends like Dexter Gordon, Jan Gabarek and Charles Lloyd. He has long been a key figure in European jazz scene through his longstanding commitment on ECM Records and is considered to be both imaginative and down to earth pianist in his style of play, that can convey both the popular and the jazz-essential – with equal enthusiasm. Stenson will be playing the show at this year’s festival with bassist Palle Danielsson and drummer Jon Falt.

6/7 – 8/7: Bobo Stenson feat. Palle Danielsson and Jon Fält  (SE) → Gustavs Bistro // READ MORE


Enrico Pieranunzi (IT)

Pieranunzi (b. 1949) is a pianist and composer, who has released more than 70 CDs under his own name. He has played with names such as Chet Baker, Lee Konitz, Chris Potter and Charlie Haden – and performed at all the most important jazz festivals in the world – from Montreal to Copenhagen, from Berlin to Madrid. In 1989, 2003 and 2008, he was named Musician of the Year by Musica Jazz ‘reviewers and in 1997 he received a Django d’Or as best European jazz musician.

His playing combines, on a unique technical level, a classical harmony with the coolest groove, and he possesses a remarkably developed sense for melodic improvisation together with a freejazzer’s sense for going completely off on a tangent and ending beyond both recognizable form and tonality. But regardless of how far out he moves, with a few brisk chord shifts, he manages to steer the ship back to the standard course, which is the basis for the game.

6/7: Enrico Pieranunzi w. Koppel & Colley (IT/DK/US) → Betty Nansen Theater // BUY TICKETS
9/7 – 10/7: Enrico Pieranunzi Solo & Duo (IT) → Gustavs Bistro og Butik // READ MORE


Kenny Werner / Benjamin Koppel (US/DK)

Kenny Werner’s influence is unsurpassed as he has inspired a generation of musicians, including a string of Danish ones. His piano playing is based on melodic figures of great beauty, like Bill Evans’, though Werner also mastered the more expressive part of jazz. Benjamin Koppel and Kenny Werner developed together a unique musical language, where unexpected gifts are delivered out of improvisational brilliance, as naturally as plants grow on a fertile soil. Werner’s long-standing collaboration with Benjamin and Anders Koppel has also resulted in several releases on Cowbell and Tiger Music.

8/7: Kenny Werner / Benjamin Koppel (US/DK) → Betty Nansen Theatre // BUY TICKETS


Selected piano concerts:

3/7: Ben Sidran (US) → Jazzhus Montmartre:
3/7: Jamie Cullum (UK) & Tivolis Big Band → Tivoli:
4/7: Brad Mehldau Trio (US) → DR Koncerthuset:
4/7 – 5/7: Lars Jansson Trio (SE) → Gustavs Bistro:
4/7 – 6/7: Kenny Barron Trio (US/JP) → Jazzhus Montmartre:
6/7 – 8/7: Bobo Stenson (SE) → Gustavs Bistro og Butik:
6/7: Enrico Pieranunzi w. Koppel & Colley (IT/DK/US)→ Betty Nansen:
7/7: Vincentz/Parks/Miller/Nørgaard (DK/US) → Jazzcup:
8/7: Michel Camilo (DO) → Amager Bio:
8/7: Kenny Werner (US) & Benjamin Koppel → Betty Nansen Teatret:
9/7: Herbie Hancock & Chick Corea (US) → DR Koncerthuset, SOLD OUT
9/7 – 10/7: Enrico Pieranunzi Solo & Duo (IT) → Gustavs Bistro: