The Roots joins headliners at Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2018

You won’t find another group that straddles the line between rap and jazz as effortlessly as The Roots. Led by founding members Questlove and Black Thought and for the first time in the 40 year history of Copenhagen Jazz Festival, The Roots are taking the festival stage in the DR Concert Hall on July 10th, 2018.

The Roots are both a legend and an anomaly. A legend, because they have been a respected institution of hip hop for the last quarter of a century. An anomaly, because they continue to favour unusual methods within the genre: instead of relying exclusively on samples, the group prefer to create their songs as a live band would, with abundant musical accompaniment that gives the music a very organic style, and a versatility that has allowed the group to perform on the most highly-renowned rap stages, while also touring the jazz circuit.

What’s more, they have even recorded an album with Elvis Costello and for a decade been the official house band on Jimmy Fallon’s most popular talk show in the US. With more than 15 albums under their collective belt since 1987 and price-winning releases with Erykah Badu, Elvis Costello, Cody Chesnutt, and John Legend, you won’t find another group crossing the seams between rap and jazz as effortlessly as The Roots.

Another unique trait of this group formed by Black Thought, Questlove and co. is their obsession with social issues, which gives their albums a political narrative that is profoundly linked to the preoccupations of the Afro-American community. This is a narrative which unites their often conceptual albums, and which they transform through music in a way that is always astonishing and exciting, especially when seeing them perform live. Don’t miss out!

The Roots (US) – Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2018
July 10, 21:00 in DR Koncerthuset, Koncertsalen
Tickets are available from Friday April 13, 10:00 at

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Join us for a grand celebration as the 40th Copenhagen Jazz Festival sweeps across Copenhagen and more than 100 venues on July 6-15 2018. The Roots joins the festival headliners Pharoah Sanders, Brad Mehldau Trio, Seu Jorge, Mulatu Astatke, Jeff Beck, Charles Lloyd & The Marvels with Bill Frisell, Jakob Bro / Palle Mikkelborg / Thomas Morgan / Jon Christensen, Michel Camilo & Tomatito, Tower of Power, Richard Galliano, Tank and the Bangas, Melody Gardot and many others. Full line-up is ready around June 1st at