Jan Garbarek, Eliane Elias, Roberto Fonseca, Jon Cleary and Enrico Pieranunzi added to Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2017

Norwegian ECM icon Jan Garbarek, Brazilian star Eliane Elias, Cuban storyteller Roberto Fonseca, British expatriate-gone-New Orleans Jon Cleary and Italian piano phenomenon Enrico Pieranunzi. All have joined the line-up of international headliners at Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2017, reinforcing this year’s line-up as a bonafide melting pot of multicultural expressions.

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.


Since winning a national competition for jazz amateurs at the age of 15, Jan Garbarek has established himself as one of Norway’s biggest international stars. Throughout his career, Garbarek has been a great source of inspiration for a number of musicians worldwide and has an impressive track record as a composer and musician. Jan Garbarek has never been at a standstill musically, but the “Garbarek sound” is easily recognizable no matter what musical context he explores. He has listened to and been inspired by the greatest jazz, classical and folk music from various regions of the world and has worked constantly and purposefully to improve his own expression. At Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2017, Garbarek performs with his world-famous trio as well as a very special guest, the Indian percussion virtuoso Trilok Gurtu.

Eliane Elias is one of the great living stars in jazz. A fantastic pianist and songstress in her own right, Elias has created her very own style, combining Jazz, Bossa Nova and Samba. Originally gaining fame as a member of legendary fusion act Steps Ahead, Eliane Elias has paved her own musical road with a long list of albums and performances spanning three decades. Her latest critically-acclaimed album, “Dance of Time”, marks the Samba dance’s centennial anniversary since its origin in Rio de Janeiro – an exhilarating celebration that could only come from Eliane Elias herself.

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, and after his Grammy nomination for Best Latin Jazz Album 2014 with the album “Yo”, Roberto Fonseca has come to incarnate the meeting between jazz with the music of Cuba, both today and yesterday, and its African roots. Fonseca’s recent album, “ABUC”, has already garnered praise from international media and serves as the foundation for his concert at Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2017: “Fonseca is a famously eclectic artist, his playing steeped in American jazz and African music as much as the rhythms of bolero and son, but even by his standards, ABUC is an astonishingly broad, tightly fused and incandescently delivered vision.” – The Guardian, 5/5 stars

Beyond Jon Cleary’s considerable skills as a tunesmith he is equally renowned around the globe as an accomplished keyboardist and guitarist, and a deeply soulful vocalist. Cleary’s thirty-five years of intensive hands-on work on the New Orleans scene has made him a respected peer of such New Orleanian R&B icons as Dr. John and Allen Toussaint. Originally hailing from the UK, Cleary made a conscious decision to uproot himself in his early teens, drawn in by the jazz music and exotic culture of New Orleans. Whether solo on piano or guitar or in one of his many collaborations, Jon Cleary is a living and belting hallmark of one the greatest cities of jazz.

Enrico Pieranunzi
was born in Rome in 1949 and has for many years been among the most significant and well-known figures on the international jazz scene. A pianist, composer, and arranger, he has recorded around 80 albums under his own name, ranging from solo piano to trios, from duos to quintets. He has collaborated, either live or in the studio, with jazz greats such as Chet Baker, Lee Konitz, Paul Motian, Charlie Haden, Chris Potter, Marc Johnson, and Joey Baron. Pieranunzi has performed his music all over the world in the most prestigious international festivals, from Montréal to Copenhagen and Buenos Aires, from Berlin and Madrid to Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro and Beijing. At Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2017 he has teamed up with Danish bass player Thomas Fonnesbæk, a jazz figure in his own right, to play two duo concerts at Gustav’s Bistro.


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