23.6.2015 by Amanda Mannström
Copenhagen Jazz Festival is taking over the city on Friday the 3rd of July. With roughly a thousand concerts during ten days, it is one of the biggest jazz events in Europe. Three musicians from Finland are performing this year.
Copenhagen has been one of the jazz capitals of Europe since the 1950s, when the legendary club Jazzhus Montmartre served as European home for leading American jazz icons like Dexter Gordon, Ben Webster and Stan Getz. It is said that the special atmosphere and ambiance of the Jazzhus Montmartre made them stay in Copenhagen. The club closed in 1995 but reopened its doors in the original address, Store Regnegade in 2010. Naturally, Montmartre is one of the venues at Copenhagen Jazz Festival which starts next week.
Copenhagen Jazz Festival has been a yearly event since 1979. Currently, the festival is one of Europe’s most important international music events, known for its high quality and broad repertoire. The organisation behind Copenhagen Jazz Festival works totally non-profit, with the aim to develop and strengthen the Danish jazz scene.
Throughout the years focus has remained on Danish jazz and according to the organisation nine out of ten of the 250 000 yearly visitors are Danes. Still, the festival manages to attract big names from all over the world year after year, giving the festival an international profile. Dianne Reeves, Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett and Dr. John are some of the international highlights this year. Finland is represented in three ensembles: Maximalistica, Gemmer/Estola Quartet and Cæcilie Norby, Lars Danielsson, Iiro Rantala-trio.
Copenhagen Jazz Festival spans over ten days, always starting on the first Friday of July. This year the opening is on July 3rd. Pre-sale spots can be found at jazz.dk, but most venues offer tickets at the door. The festival also features a great number of free concerts.
The whole program can be found here.