Dee Dee Bridgewater, Herbie Hancock, Anoushka Shankar and Oumou Sangaré among the world-spanning headliners for Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2017
Indian sitar virtuoso Anoushka Shankar, American jazz diva Dee Dee Bridgewater, Japanese quartet Goat, Israeli group Hagiga Sextet and the Malinese women’s rights icon Oumou Sangaré all join the international line-up for the 39th edition of Copenhagen Jazz Festival, which takes place at more than 120 venues across the city – in concert halls, town squares and gardens, churches and jazz clubs, and in the hidden corners of Copenhagen
Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2017 is shaping up to be just as inspiringly pervasive and downright unavoidable an event as always, completely covering Copenhagen’s cobble-clad alleyways, wide-open green expanses and buzzing venues, cafés, street corners and much more in the unmistakable sound and atmosphere of jazz.
The latest additions to Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2017 are added to a truly world-spanning line-up that already includes headliners like Herbie Hancock, Anoushka Shankar, Dee Dee Bridgewater, David Sanborn, Erykah Badu, Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles, Jamie Cullum, Peter Erskine and many others. The complete festival programme, featuring a total of more than 1200 concerts, will be announced in the beginning of June at www.jazz.dk.
Jazz is global
Sitar player and composer Anoushka Shankar is a singular figure in the Indian classical and progressive world music scenes. Her dynamic and spiritual musicality has garnered several prestigious accolades, including five Grammy Award nominations, recognition as the youngest – and first female – recipient of a British House of Commons Shield, credit as an Asian Hero by TIME Magazine, and a Songlines Best Artist Award. The daughter of Beatles-inspirer Ravi Shankar is ready to revisit Copenhagen Jazz Festival, performing in optimal surroundings in DR Koncerthuset’s Concert Hall.
The Malinese vocalist Oumou Sangaré is known as a shining star in her home country and has excited audiences around the world with her socially conscious songs and her unique voice, lending her the apt epithet “The Songbird from Wassoulou”. At Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2017, Sangaré and her band is set to play in the beautiful outdoor scenery as part of the theme Jazz by the Sea.
With a Grammy, two Golden Globes, three Brit Awards and numerous other nominations and awards to his name, pianist, singer and composer Jamie Cullum is a success around the globe. The most successful UK jazz artist ever, having sold over 10 million albums worldwide, Cullum is a bonafide star, and his concert at DR Koncerthuset during Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2017 is nearly sold out already.
The critically acclaimed Hagiga Sextet led by Alon Farber will perform at Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2017 with their latest album ”New Directions” – contemporary music and modern jazz with a touch of diverse sounds from the Mediterranean region and collective improvisation. Hagiga Sextet, formed in 2001 in Tel-Aviv by Alon Farber and Dani Benedikt, collects six musicians seeking new connections in jazz and contemporary music.
Japanese sound experimentalists Goat are guaranteed to leave you trembling when they visit Jazzhouse during Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2017. Goat likes to shape its noise into seductive, trance-inducing patterns, making Koshior Hino’s compositions at once urban and tribal. Goat is part of this year’s Japanese theme at Copenhagen Jazz Festival.
Jazz giants from across the pond
Herbie Hancock is a true icon of modern music. With an illustrious career spanning five decades and 14 Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year for “River: The Joni Letters”, he continues to amaze audiences across the globe. Throughout his explorations, he has transcended limitations and genres while maintaining his unmistakable voice. For the first time since Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2010, Herbie Hancock will perform in Copenhagen with a full band, when Copenhagen Jazz Festival and DR Koncerthuset present the always innovative jazz giant in the Danish Radio Concert Hall. The concert is sold out.
Over the course of a multifaceted career spanning four decades, Grammy and Tony Award-winning jazz giant Dee Dee Bridgewater has ascended to the upper echelon of vocalists, putting her unique spin on standards, as well as taking intrepid leaps of faith in re-envisioning jazz classics. Now, Dee Dee Bridgewater is ready to captivate the audience at Amager Bio during Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2017.
Alto saxophonist David Sanborn is another great addition at this year’s festival. The world-famous American jazz star has released 24 albums, won six Grammy Awards, and inspired countless other musicians with his blend of instrumental pop, R&B and jazz. David Sanborn’s performance at Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2017 is part of “The Ultimate Jazz Party”, a special event organized by The Standard Jazz Club and hosted by Sølyst at Klampenborg – a northern suburb to Copenhagen.
Erykah Badu, best known for her eccentric style and cerebral music, is a Grammy-award winning American soul singer and songwriter. Regarded as the Queen of Neo Soul, Badu’s sound – a concoction of soul, hip-hop and jazz – cannot be restrained to a single genre. At Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2017, Erykah Badu will perform in Tivoli, one of Copenhagen’s great cultural landmarks.
American jazz organist and producer Cory Henry made his name during the 2000s, touring with the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Michael McDonald, P. Diddy, Boyz II Men, Kenny Garrett and The Roots. Since then, Henry has put out two albums by himself and is now a regular member of immensely popular modern jazz ensemble Snarky Puppy. Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2017 sees his return with his very own band, The Funk Apostles.
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