International virtuosos join the line-up for Vinterjazz 2019
Steve Gadd, John Scofield and Adam Ben Ezra are all among the first international highlights announced for Vinterjazz 2019 – and there’s much more to come
While still a work in progress, the line-up for nationwide Vinterjazz 2019 is shaping up to be yet another strong showcase for the very essential diversity of jazz. The more than 120 venues across Denmark are all contributing with a plethora of acts – from international stars to local masters. Vinterjazz mirrors its summertime companion, Copenhagen Jazz Festival, in that there is always a bit of everything going on. To help ease your way through the massive amount of events, we have created a small series of articles highlighting a thematic selection of concerts. In this first article you can read a bit more about three of Vinterjazz 2019’s brightest stars.
Stay tuned at Jazz.dk and on Facebook for more news and announcements regarding Vinterjazz 2019, February 1-24.
John Scofield (US)
Guitarist extraordinaire, John Scofield, visits Vinterjazz 2019 with two exclusive solo concerts at legendary Jazzhus Montmartre. “Quite frankly, until now, I’ve avoided playing solo concerts and have done only one solo performance in public since I was a child. I hadn’t considered solo guitar as the perfect platform for improvising. Now, after playing guitar for 56 years, I’m finally interested in going it alone and exploring the possibilities.” – John Scofield
Blicher Hemmer Gadd (DK/US)
Steve Gadd, one of the US’ finest drummers and a prolific studio chameleon known for his contributions to artists such as Paul Simon, Steely Dan, Steps Ahead, Paul McCartney and many others, is joined by Danes Michael Blicher on sax and organist Dan Hemmer for an evening of raucous Hammond-driven jazz at Godset in Kolding.
Adam Ben Ezra (IR)
For the past few years, double bass phenomenon, multi-instrumentalist and online sensation Adam Ben Ezra has been pushing his craft in new, exciting directions and carving out a unique spot for himself in today’s international musical landscape. This continues at Vinterjazz 2019 with a solo performance at Hotel Cecil in downtown Copenhagen.
Vinterjazz has been a nationwide musical festival in February since 2001. 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. The festival is a joint venture between Copenhagen Jazz Festival and more than 120 venues and organizers all over Denmark.