Jason Moran performs at the official festival opening in The Royal Playhouse

American pianist and composer Jason Moran is the first – and last – international headliner at Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2017. Friday July 7 at 4:00 PM he marks the beginning of 10 days of exuberant Copenhagen Jazz Festival with a solo concert in The Royal Playhouse foyer.

A great friend of Copenhagen and one of the most important pianists of his generation – Jason Moran (b. 1975) connects an unspoiled influence from the great jazz pianists of old with a modern expression, his music unabashedly contemporary whether manifest as acoustic jazz or as visionary cues from futuristic hip hop. Jason Moran is a constant defier of tradition, always on the lookout for new means of expression, never settling for a limited or confined musical vocabulary.

The award-winning pianist has been compared to legends such as Thelonious Monk, Fats Waller and Herbie Hancock, is a regular artist on Blue Note Records and has been the recipient of such prestigious awards as Downbeat’s “Jazz Artist of The Year”, “Pianist of the Year” and “Jazz Album of the Year”. Aside from his 20 years of solo releases, Jason Moran has acted as the artistic head of jazz at the John F. Kennedy Center and since 2016 as an Honorary Professor at Copenhagen’s own Rhythmic Music Conservatory.

“Jason Moran is a natural talent. He manages to utilize the entire range of the piano, performing machine gun-like note repeats with a tunefulness not deserving comparison to any weapon in existence. His fleeting right hand figures and intricate comping style seems effortless for virtuoso Moran.” – 6/6, live review in Politiken, Jazzhouse 2013.

With the announcement of Jason Moran performing at the official opening of Copenhagen Jazz Festival, audiences can look forward to a diverse line-up totalling more than 1300 concerts. Modern jazz as well as world music is strongly represented on the headlining level with artists such as Herbie Hancock, Jan Garbarek, Jamie Cullum, Anoushka Shankar, Oumou Sangaré, Ambrose Akinmusire and many more.

At the same time, Copenhagen Jazz Festival serves as primetime for Danish musicians as well as venues, enabling the latter to present the greatest and most progressive artists on the Danish scene – irrespective of whether it takes place in the concert halls, the jazz clubs, the ‘underground’ or on the many open air stages in Copenhagen and Frederiksberg. Copenhagen Jazz Festival is an open, city-based festival, leaving the audience to plan their own paths through the lavish offering of concerts taking place. The printed program works in tandem with the festival’s web site Jazz.dk, supplying all necessary information regarding the concerts, the venues and the helpful concert themes like Jazz by the Sea, The Sound of New Orleans, Something Else, the family-friendly Jazz for Kids etc. The festival line-up offers something for everyone, and we encourage you to dive in head first.

Official Opening of Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2017 feat. Jason Moran (US)
Friday July 7, 4:00 PM – The Royal Playhouse foyer
Read more / Free admittance (NB. Seats are first-come, first-served)


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