Brazilian jazz-wizard Hermeto Pascoal visits Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2018

There have been few musicians to ever reach the stature of Hermeto Pascoal. A true maestro and a cultural icon, he represents the highest level of musical evolution; as a multi-instrumentalist, as a composer, and as an arranger. Once described by Miles Davis as “the most impressive musician in the world”, there is good reason (beyond his appearance) why he is known as “O Bruxo” (the Wizard).

One of Brazil’s greatest musical sons, Hermeto Pascoal has forged a career on cutting free-flowing jazz with the groovy styles native to his homeland. When Pascoal and Miles combined forces in the early 1970s, on Miles Davis’s 1971 album Live-Evil, it was Davis who wanted to record the Brazilian’s songs and not the other way around.

Pascoal has performed in Copenhagen before, at Montmartre, Jazzhouse and the Copenhagen Jazz Festival in 2005, and now for the first time in 13 years, he and his son, percussionist Fabio Pascoal, are back to celebrate Hermeto Pascoal’s musical legacy and the 40th edition of the jazz fest with two very different concerts in Prøvehallen.

Hermeto Pascoal (BRA) – Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2018
Torsdag 12. juli, kl. 18:00 + 21:00, Cowbell / Prøvehallen Valby
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The 40th edition of Copenhagen Jazz Festival takes place from July 6-15 at more than 100 venues all over town. Check out all the announced concerts and plan your very own festival at

The international headliners (so far) for Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2018 include: Pharoah Sanders (SOLD OUT), The Roots (SOLD OUT), Brad Mehldau Trio, Jeff Beck (SOLD OUT), Hermeto Pascoal, Rokia Traoré, Mulatu Astatke, Seu Jorge, Melody Gardot, Tower of Power, Charles Lloyd & The Marvels feat. Bill Frisell, Kurt Elling feat. Marquis Hill, Monty Alexander Trio, Richard Galliano, Enrico Pieranunzi, Judith Hill, Gilad Hekselman, Tim Berne, Ingrid Laubrock, Fred Frith, Uri Caine, Albert “Tootie” Heath, Jorge Rossy, Meschiya Lake, Tank and the Bangas, Christian Sands, Michel Camilo & Tomatito, Majid Bekkas, Hailu Mergia, Guinga and many others.