• Jazzing it up in Copenhagen

    by  • July 2, 2015 • City Breaks, Copenhagen, Festivals, Music

    Jazz Descends on the Danish Capital for a 10-Day Festival of Sound.

    Tomorrow (Friday, 3rd July) sees the launch of the 37th annual Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Denmark’s foremost jazz event in operation since 1979 and considered one of Europe’s most prestigious festivals of this musical genre. Indeed, Copenhagen is renowned as one of the Europe’s leading jazz capitals, with the 1950s and 60s seeing a large number of American jazz artists calling Copenhagen their creative home.

    Drawing on its extra special jazz history, the festival presents a wide range of both well-known celebrity names and up-and-coming jazz artists not only from across the globe but also from all spectrums of the jazz genre. Whether you jazz taste tends towards mainstream and modern, experimental and electric, or you’re more swayed towards the sounds of swing and smooth, fusion, folk and funk, bebop and blues, there really is something for everyone to experience.

    Whilst the big names will invariably command an entrance fee, there are a number of free events where you can soak up the smooth sounds of jazz. It’s worth checking out the programme to see what’s happening where and who’s on the bill. Running continuously until Sunday, 12th July, this year’s programme includes the likes of Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea, Dianne Reeves, Jamie Cullum and Tony Bennett performing with the very unique Lady Gaga.

    Taking place in some 100 different venues across the Danish capital, the concerts range from outdoor events on balmy summer evenings to atmospheric gigs in intimate bars and showstoppers in concert halls such as the Royal Theatre, Copenhagen’s prestigious Opera House and the striking Koncerthus. ‘Jazz by the Sea’ is one such outdoors event, taking place at the Kulturhuset Islands Brygge, and Tivoli also provides a magnificent al fresco setting for some of the big performers on the bill. There’s also a dedicated Jazz for Kids programme to be found at Frederiksberg, Søndermarken.

    For full information, click through to the festival website here.

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