From July 3-26, Copenhagen once again became ‘Jazz City’ when it hosted the Copenhagen Jazz Festival.
Every single summer since 1979 Copenhagen Jazz Festival has been taking over Copenhagen as one of Europe’s most important international music events based on eminent artistic quality and a sharp focus on new departures in both Danish and international jazz.
Copenhagen Jazz Festival celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2018.
Thanks to more than 120 venues and organizers presenting roughly 1400 concerts every year, Copenhagen Jazz Festival has the privilege of being one of the largest jazz festivals in the world. The festival aims at presenting the best from the contemporary international jazz scene and the most vital Danish acts, as well as sowing the seeds for new artistic initiatives by artists stretching the boundaries of jazz as a means of expression
The festival envelops the Danish capital, offering a sumptuous musical feast to the 250,000 guests who join the city year after year. Enjoying live jazz on the city’s streets, in its clubs cafés and concert halls, and at open-air venues – all in the very heart of historical Copenhagen.
Copenhagen’s legendary status as one of the jazz capitals of Europe grew in the 1950s and 1960s, when a whole host of leading American jazz icons had their creative base in the city. Among those who have called Copenhagen home are Dexter Gordon, Stan Getz, Ben Webster, Stuff Smith, Ed Thigpen, Thad Jones and Kenny Drew. Each and every one of them has drawn inspiration from Denmark’s jazz scene and the era’s most important jazz club: Jazzhus Montmartre. This was also the time when some of Denmark’s best musicians had their international breakthrough, musicians like Alex Riel, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen and Palle Mikkelborg.
Copenhagen’s unique jazz history is a key factor in the exceptionally high level of the Copenhagen Jazz Festival, something that can be experienced at the many free open-air stages strategically located throughout the historical city centre. Together with Copenhagen’s record number of cafés and music venues, these stages create a unique atmosphere, bringing the city alive with jazz from early morning to late at night. As Signe Lopdrup, director of Copenhagen Jazz Festival, says: “People don’t only come for a fantastic musical experience, but for the unique atmosphere throughout Copenhagen when jazz takes over the city.”
Visitors can look forward to Copenhagen as a friendly and creative city where it’s safe to wander around accompanied by jazz night and day. A modern and open-minded metropolis that can be experienced at its very best during Copenhagen Jazz Festival.
If you can’t hold back from listening to Jazz and do so in the enchanting historic heart of Copenhagen, all you have to do is contact us to book your direct flight.