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Copenhagen Jazz Festival

Copenhagen Jazz Festival
Genre Jazz
Dates begins first Friday of July (10 days)
Location(s) Copenhagen, Denmark
Years active 1979 - present

Copenhagen Jazz Festival is an annual Jazz event, taking place in Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, each July. Copenhagen Jazz Festival was established as a festival in 1979, but already from 1964 Tivoli Gardens presented a series of concerts under the name Copenhagen Jazz Festival with Thelonius Monk, Miles Davis and many others.

According to reports,[1] the total attendance was 240,000 people during Copenhagen Jazz Festival in 2004. In 2006 the number of concerts increased to 850,[2] and today Copenhagen Jazz Festival numbers more than 100 venues, 1100 concerts and approximately 260,000 guests[3] - making it one of the largest music events in Europe.

Musicians who have performed at the Copenhagen Jazz Festival include Sonny Rollins, Oscar Peterson, Ray Charles, Michel Petrucciani, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Keith Jarrett, Wayne Shorter, Dizzy Gillespie, John Scofield,[4] Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Michel Camilo, Ornette Coleman, Svend Asmussen Quartet, Richard Bona, Tony Allen and Chick Corea.

The 2011 edition of Copenhagen Jazz Festival took place from July 1 to July 10. Artists included Keith Jarrett, Sonny Rollins and Bobby McFerrin. The 2012 edition of Copenhagen Jazz Festival is scheduled July 6–15, 2012.

Jazz at Gråbrødretorv, Copenhagen, 2009


  • History 1
  • Venues 2
  • Recent headliners 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


The founding of Copenhagen Jazz Festival in 1979 is closely linked to the jazz scene that evolved in Copenhagen in the 1960s,[5] when the city served as a European home for American jazz musicians like Dexter Gordon, Ben Webster and Kenny Drew. An inspired music scene attracted even more American musicians and educated and inspired the whole Danish scene as well.

Through the 70s jazz music expanded in terms of genres and audiences, and reaching 1978 lawyer and project manager Poul Bjørnholt (from Københavns City Center) took the initiative to Copenhagen Jazz Festival, when realizing how local jazz clubs, public spaces, theaters and large venues could contribute to this collabarative event.

Jazz For Kids 2009

From 1979 and until the 90s the festival grew at a steady pace - making room for both international artists and local bands - and today Copenhagen Jazz Festival is its biggest ever with more than 100 venues in Copenhagen and over 1000 concerts. That makes Copenhagen Jazz Festival one of Copenhagens most important public festivals, attracting a broad international audience.


Royal Danish Theater 2010

Recent headliners

Year Headliners
1979  Benny Waters, Bob Brookmeyer / Jim Hall, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald / Joe Pass, Horace Parlan / Doug Raney Quartet & Oscar Peterson - Stephane Grapelli - Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Ron Carter Quartet, Weather Report & Sonny Rollins Quintet
1980  Don Pullen Quartet, John Lee Hooker, Ray Charles, Stan Getz Quintet & Jan Garbareks Orkester
1981  Art Pepper Quartet, Bennie Wallace Trio, Chick Corea Quartet, Chico Freeman, Gil Evans Orchestra, Brecker Brothers w. Janne Schaffer a.o. & Herbie Hancock Quartet
1982  Benny Carter
1983  Art Blakey and His Jazz Messengers, Bobby McFerrin Solo and Baden Powell Solo, Charles Lloyd Quartet, Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Jordan Solo Piano, Jan Garbarek Group & Kenny Drew Solo Piano
1984  Gilberto Gil Brazilian Group, Kenny Drew's Trio, Mose Allison Trio, NHØP Trio, Randy Brecker Band, RandyBrecker /Eliane Elias Group, Duke Jordan / Jesper Lundgaard Duo, Stanley Clarke / Miroslav Vitous Duo & Johnny Griffin / Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis Group
1985  Baltimore Peabody Ragtime Ensemble, Bob Moses Group, Count Basie Orchestra, Gilberto Gil Group - Support Frontline, Jack DeJohnette Special Edition & Jamaaladeen Tacuma Group, Jimmy Witherspoon / Dee Dee Bridgewater Group, Joe Pass / NHØP Duo, McCoy Tyner Trio & Etta Cameron Jazzgroup
1986  Carla Bley Band, David Sanborn Group, Gil Evans Orchestra, John Scofield Group, Wayne Shorter Quartet, Betty Carter Trio & John Tchicai Quartet
1987  Airto Moreira / Flora Purim Duo, Chick Corea, Gary Burton Group, Gato Barbieri Group w. Bernard 'Pretty' Purdie, John Scofield Group, Ornette Coleman & His Prime Time Band w. special guest Don Cherry, Stan Getz Quartet, Kenny Drew / Jesper Lundgård & Manhattan Transfer
1988  Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Horace Silver Quintet, Michel Pettruciani / Gary Peacock / Roy Hanes, Lee Konitz / Joe Pass duo & Dizzy Gillespie Big Band
1989  Allegro (USSR), Betty Carter and her trio, Denny Christianson Big Band (CA), Michael Brecker Band, Monty Alexander & his Ivory and Steel Jamboree, New Music Orchestra 1989, Roy Rogers and the Delta Rhythm Kings & Super Diamono de Dakár (Senegal)
1990  Gary Burton Quintet & Wayne Shorter Group
1991  Enrico Pieranunzi Trio, David Sanborn Band feat. Kenny Kirkland, Tom Barney, Al Foster, Don Alias, Kip Hanrahan w. Jack Bruce, Michel Camillo Quintet, Yellow Jackets & Michael Franks, Bob Berg, Mike Stern Quartet (USA), Robert Cray Band feat. Memphis Horns, Kip Hanrahan (USA) & Jack Bruce (GB), Abdullah Ibrahim (South Africa) & Joe Lovano/Jim Hall 'Grand Slam'
1992  Albert King, Return of the Brecker Brothers, The New Music Orchestra, Eliane Elias Group, Fajabefa Nordic Tour '92 feat. Charlie Haden, Jack DeJohnette, NHØP Trio, Steve Coleman Five elements, Chick Corea & Mario Bauza
1993  Fourmost feat. Jimmy Smith, Herman Riley, Kenny Burrel, Grady Tate, Palle Mikkelborg & Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen Trio, New Orleans Original Brass Band (USA)
1994  Buddy DeFranco & Terry Gibbs Quintet, Lionel Hampton and His Golden Men of Jazz, Oscar Peterson Trio, Thomas Clausen Trio feat. Gary Burton, Gateway, Abercrombie, Holland, DeJohnette & Mike Stern Group feat. Dave Weckl
1995  Art Farmer - Benny Golson Jazztet, B.B.King, Blachman Thomas meets Al Agami and Remee, Wynton Marsalis & Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Django Bates & Delightful Precipice, Eddie Harris Jazzfunk Explosion
1996  Horace Silver Septet, Jan Garbarek Group, Marilyn Mazur's Future Song, Michel Petrucciani, NHØP, m. Renée Røsnes, Ulf Wakenius, Jonas Johansen og Radiopigekoret, Svend Asmussen Quartet, Wayne Shorter Group, Chick Corea, Wallace Roney, Joshua Redman, Chr. McBride & Roy Haynes (US), Abdullah Ibrahim (South Africa) & Joe Lovano/Jim Hall 'Grand Slam'
1997  Etta Cameron & The Voices of Joy, Arne Domnerus Trio, Herbie Hancock, Svend Asmussen Quartet, James Hardway Group, Joe Lovano Quartet & Maceo Parker
1998  Barbara Best Singers, Cassandra Wilson, Charles Lloyd Quartet, Joe Louis Walker & The Bosstalkers, Mingus Big Band, NHØP solo & Mats Gustafsson & Keith Rowe
1999  Dianne Reeves
2000  Roy Haynes, Toots Thielemans, Michael Brecker, Pat Metheney & Natalie Cole
2001  Peter Brötzmann, Marylin Mazur, Wayne Shorter, Terence Blanchard, Mike Stern, Ray Charles, Richard Bona & Bill Frisell
2002  Ed Thigpen, Finn Ziegler, Maceo Parker, Randy Crawford, Django Bates & Joe Lovano
2003  Dianne Reeves, Tony Bennett, Tomasz Stanko, Herbie Hancock, Dee Dee Bridgewater & Svend Asmussen
2004  Danilo Perez, Gilberto Gil, Tomasz Stanko, NHØP & John Scofield
2005  Chick Corea, Madeleine Peyroux, Curtis Stigers, Pierre Dørge & New Jungle Orchestra & Yusuf Lateef
2006 Herbie Hancock, Svend Asmussen Quartet, Salif Keita, Tony Allen, Gotan Project, Pat Metheny, Michel Camilo, Richard Bona, Sergio Mendes, Brad Mehldau & Dianne Reeves
2007 Joshua Redman Trio, Kenny Garret Quartet, Jan Garbarek Group, McCoy Tyner & The Zawinul Syndicate
2008 Ornette Coleman, Wayne Shorter, Cassandra Wilson, Denmark's New Jungle Orchestra, Joe Lovano, Ravi Coltrane, Dave Liebman, Brad Mehldau Trio, Angelique Kidjo, David Murray, Maceo Parker Black Saint Quartet, Jason Moran, Charles Loyd Quartet & The Zawinul Syndicate
2009 Bajofondo & Spanish Harlem Orchestra
2010 Herbie Hancock, Martha Wainwright, Joe Lovano, Caetano Veloso, Marcus Miller & Esperanza Spalding
2011 Sonny Rollins, Keith Jarrett Trio, Bobby McFerrin
2012[6] Ambrose Akinmusire, Gerald Clayton, Vijay Iyer Trio, Koichi Makigami, Milton Nascimento, John Scofield, Christian Scott Quintet, Nosaj Thing


  1. ^ Copenhagen Jazz Festival - Publikumsundersøgelse og økonomisk analyse, Danmarks Turistråd (2004) (Danish)
  2. ^ Copenhagen Jazz Festival - About the festival
  3. ^ Copenhagen Jazz Festival - Audience Survey 2011
  4. ^ Copenhagen Jazz Festival - en international københavnerbegivenhed (Danish)
  5. ^ Christian Munch-Hansen (2008). By Af Jazz, Copenhagen Jazz Festival i 30 år. Thaning&Appel. p. 22.  
  6. ^ "Full program ready for Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2012". Copenhagen Jazz Festival. Retrieved December 20, 2012. 

External links

  • Copenhagen Jazz Festival official website
  • Copenhagen Jazz Festival Facebook

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