Bill Frisell and Omer Avital complete this year’s Jazz by the Sea

Bill Frisell, Omer Avital, Oumou Sangaré, Roberto Fonseca and much more. This year’s line-up for the annual concert theme Jazz by the Sea during Copenhagen Jazz Festival is bursting with great music from all over the world.

Set in beautiful maritime surroundings at Islands Brygge, the annual concert theme Jazz by the Sea during Copenhagen Jazz Festival represents one of the festival’s most treasured venues. This year’s certainly no different with a slew of nine great acts ready to enter stage at Kulturhuset Islands Brygge, seemingly almost floating away on the serene waters of Copenhagen Harbour.


American guitar virtuoso Bill Frisell is among the artists visiting Jazz by the Sea at Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2017. From jazz to blues by way of rock, Bill Frisell brings together American music in order to extract what makes it powerful: improvisation. One of the most admired guitar artists of the last three decades, he has collaborated with Jan Garbarek, Paul Motian, David Sanborn, Elvis Costello, Vic Chesnutt, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and Brian Eno.

Among the many talented Israeli musicians who have appeared on the world jazz scene in recent years, bassist and composer Omer Avital stands out from the rest. He is not part of this wave, but rather one of its pioneers. The musician, who has lived in New York since 1992, is partly responsible for putting his native country on the jazz map. Critics from Downbeat and The New York Times have high praise for the classically trained virtuoso bass player, earning him the moniker “the Israeli Charles Mingus”.

Oumou Sangaré is indisputably one of modern Africa’s greatest singers. She has a gift for elevating traditional music to subtle, nuanced, contemporary music that raises probing social questions, especially about the evolving roles of women in Africa. To understand where Africa has been and where it’s headed, it would be necessary to read volumes of history and to travel extensively. A shorter way would be to listen to Oumou Sangare – songs detailing the old ways, not always kindly, and songs declaring the rights of the new times.

Born in 1975 in Havana, Cuba, Roberto Fonseca has established himself over the last decade and a half as one of the most gifted — and most popular — pianists of his generation. After making his name with Ibrahim Ferrer in the legendary Buena Vista Social Club, Roberto Fonseca has come to incarnate the meeting between jazz with the music of Cuba, both today and yesterday, and its African roots.

7/7: Omer Avital Quintet (IL) – Read more / Buy tickets
8/7: Oumou Sangaré (ML) – Read more / Buy tickets
9/7: Trille Band – Read more / Buy tickets
10/7: Steen Rasmussen All Star Septeto feat. Joyce Moreno (BRA) – Read more / Buy tickets
11/7: Girls in Airports – Read more / Buy tickets
12/7: Bill Frisell Trio (US) – Read more / Buy tickets
13/7: Mikkel Nordsø Band feat. special guests – Read more / Buy tickets
14/7: The Kutimangoes & friends from Burkina Faso! – Read more / Buy tickets
15/7: Roberto Fonseca (CU) – Read more / Buy tickets


About Copenhagen Jazz Festival

Since 1979 Copenhagen Jazz Festival has been taking over Copenhagen as one of Europe’s largest and most important international music events based on eminent artistic quality and a sharp focus on new departures in both Danish and International jazz. Lasting 10 days, the festival envelops the Danish capital, offering a sumptuous musical feast to a total of 250,000 visitors who join us year after year. Enjoying live jazz in the city’s gardens, squares and streets, in its famous clubs, concert halls and cafés, and at open-air night venues – all in the very heart of historical Copenhagen.

Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2017, July 7-16
10 days – 120 venues – more than 1200 concerts