First international acts announced for Vinterjazz 2016


The 16th edition of Vinterjazz takes place in February, and today we are ready to reveal the artists in our first batch of international headliners. The nationwide musical festival hosts acts such as organ-icon Dr. Lonnie Smith, progressive Brazilian afrobeat from Bixiga 70, American instrumental jazz-rock in the shape of Tortoise and the famous Polish trumpet legend Tomasz Stanko.

The American Hammond-player Dr. Lonnie Smith is a true star on his instrument. Making his name known as part of guitarist George Benson’s band during the 1960s-70s, at 73 years of age this turban-wearing musician has been an icon in organ- and souljazz for decades – in Denmark he is perhaps also known for his record with Hammond Rens. Getting to experience Dr. Lonnie Smith on three intimate nights at Jazzhus Montmartre is somewhat of a sensation. Smith will be performing with New Yorkers Jonathan Kreisberg and Johnathan Blake.

Also playing at Montmartre we have another American super group of sorts, Rod Green Quartet feat. Warren Wolf.

International profiles all over Denmark

Unlike the festivals during the summer season, Vinterjazz is a nationwide event, gathering jazz venues and presenting several international orchestras on tour.

Bixiga 70 from Brazil is one of them. The orchestra’s ten members are sure to heat up both Global in Copenhagen and Atlas in Aarhus with their warm and groovy fusion of African and Latin genres. Their name is a reference to the king of afrobeat, Fela Kuti and his legendary ensemble, Africa 70, as well as the neighbourhood of Bixiga in central São Paulo. Blending elements from such diverse musical traditions as northern Brazilian folk music, Malinke rhythms from Guinea and American blaxploitation soundtracks, they create a genre-bending mix, which has already earned them their reputation as a fantastic live-act.

Tomasz Stanko Experience is a new orchestra led by Tomasz Stanko, counted among Europe’s finest trumpet players. Stanko was a part of the sprawling scene for Polish jazz in the 1960s alongside Krzysztof Komeda and others. He has had a lengthy career in the company of Cecil Taylor, Dave Holland, Globe Unity Orchestra, with his own groups on ECM and is known as “The Miles Davis of Poland”. With The Tomasz Stanko Experience you can experience the old maestro in a spirited dialogue with an inspiring team of young forces from the European scene for jazz and improvised music. The project premieres live during Vinterjazz 2016 at both Dexter in Odense and at Jazzhouse in Copenhagen.

The Swedish free jazz trio Fire! consists of three distinct capacities of Scandinavian music – Mats Gustafsson, Johan Berthling and Andreas Werliin (Wildbirds & Peacedrums). After a couple of terrific years the nucleus from Fire! Orchestra is back with new material in the trio format. Fire! will play Atlas in Aarhus and Jazzhouse in Copenhagen. Meanwhile, drummer Joey Baron embarks on a tour with Jakob Bro’s ECM-trio, bringing along bass player Thomas Morgan. The award-winning trio is planning to showcase some of their forthcoming material set for release in 2016, when they visit Esbjerg, Aarhus and Kulturhuset on Islands Brygge during Vinterjazz 2016.

Kurt Rosenwinkel is one of the most outstanding guitarists of his generation and will be joining the festival as a special guest in February, when he embarks on a sizable Scandinavian tour with Aarhus Jazz Orchestra and Norwegian arranger Geir Lysne. The band is already set for a performance at Musikhuset Slagelse, but expect other Vinterjazz concerts with this constellation at venues throughout the country. Another act set for nationwide distribution is the French purveyors of gypsy jazz, Amato & Dorado Schmitt Quintet, who will perform at Frokostjazzen in Silkeborg and at JazzCup in Gothersgade, Copenhagen – somewhat of a Vinterjazz tradition.

Jazz and beyond

The genre-defying Chicago-band Tortoise, mixing instrumental rock, jazz and electronica, will perform at Vega, Copenhagen on the 7th of February. Jazzhouse are also presenting a slew of concerts hovering on the border of jazz traditions with Arnold Dreyblatt & The Excited String Orchestra and American singer/songwriter Ryley Walker joined by Nordic jazz musicians, while Norwegian sound innovators like Arve Henriksen & Jan Bang and Jon Balke both perform at two church concerts in Brorsons Kirke on Nørrebro, Copenhagen.

The acts at Vinterjazz 2016 also include Ibrahim Electric, JazzKamikaze, Sinne Eeg, Carsten Dahl, DR Big Bandet, The Firebirds, Den Magnetiske Ørn, Cæcilie Norby & Lars Danielsson, Live Foyn Friis, Dicte, Doky Brothers, Sidsel Storm and others. Check out the schedule at Vinterjazz 2016 and buy your tickets here – the full line-up will be revealed approaching January.

Schedule: See all announced acts at Vinterjazz 2016

Vinterjazz 2016 extended by a week

The nationwide musical festival Vinterjazz – which happens to celebrate its 16th year in 2016 – has been extended by a whole week compared to all earlier editions, making the dates the 5th-28th of February.

Vinterjazz’ purpose is to kickstart the jazz season for venues, jazz clubs, unions, audience and media and of course the musicians, who benefit from the period’s increased activity by getting the chance to take up tours.

2015 was a record-breaking year for Vinterjazz, encompassing 100 venues and approximately 500 concerts all over Denmark.

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