The Complete Program for Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2010 Is Now Available
More than 1,000 concerts …
The complete program for this year’s Copenhagen Jazz Festival is now available, with an impressive array of international and Danish jazz names, dispersed over the entire city at a record number of venues. The program also includes a series of themes that will hopefully make it a bit easier to get an overview of the more than 1,000 concerts that will be held over these ten days…
Giant Jazz: Herbie Hancock, Martha Wainwright and Caetano Veloso…
“Giant Jazz” is the festival’s oldest and most prestigious theme and - with stars like Herbie Hancock, Martha Wainwright, Joe Lovano, Caetano Veloso, Marcus Miller and Esperanza Spalding 2010 is bound to be a vintage year. this year’s Giant Jazz venues are Operaen, Det Kgl. Teater and DR Koncerthuset.
More major names …
There are also impressive names on the bill in Tivoli Gardens, where, among other things, you can check out Diana Krall in Koncertsalen, David Sanborn on Tivoli's out door stage, Plænen and Caroline Henderson in Glassalen. And in Copenhagen’s Frederiksberg neighbourhood Det Kgl. Haveselskabs Have is providing the greenest possible setting for concerts with Bill Frisell, Dianne Reeves, Richard Bona and Raul de Souza among others.
Something Else at Charlottenborg
This year's ”Something Else” – the ideal theme for causing the “jazz police” to frown – has moved from Skuespilhuset to Charlottenborg, where you can dig bands like I Got You On Tape, Efterklang and Kostcirklen plus a special encounter between jazz and electronica, provided by Lars Møller Quartet andBjørn Svin.
21st Century Jazz at JazzHouse
A new theme – “21st Century Jazz” – has come to Copenhagen JazzHouse covering an internationally oriented club program with both established and brand-new names, including the Joshua Redman Double Trio, Gretchen Parlato, Vijay Ayer, Portico Quartet, Jason Moran & The Bandwagon and others.
Latin Side of Jazz at Pressen
Pressen located in Politiken’s Hus, serves up “The Latin Side of Jazz” – a special theme with focus on jazz’ many colourful cousins, both close and distant. You will be able to hear Puerto Rican piano legend Eddie Palmieri, the young, Colombian harp equilibrist Edmar Castaneda, tango singer Silvana Deluigi and an exciting, new acquaintance in the form of flamenco singer Miguel de Tena.
Kulturhuset Islands Brygge: Jazz By The Sea
This year's Jazz By The Sea will again make a big splash at Kulturhuset Islands Brygge. Here you will be able to enjoy the harbour sunset in the company of names like Murder, Ulla Henningsen, Kira Skov, Benny Andersen & Livslinjerne as well as a special Danish tribute to Joni Mitchell with Sinne Eeg, Mona Larsen and Randi Laubek, among others.
Improvisors’ Summit Meeting at The National Gallery of Art
The National Gallery of Art (Statens Museum for Kunst) provides the setting for five concerts under the common heading “Meetings”, where you can listen to high-profile Danish musicians in strong, international company. Another kind of major meeting takes place out at Carlsberg, provides the setting for five concerts under the common heading “Meetings”, where you can listen to high-profile Danish musicians in strong, international company. Another kind of major meeting takes place out at.
Jazz in Valby – and Rødovre
There are still more encounters between Danish and international musicians out in Valby, where saxophonist/entrepreneur Benjamin Koppel has assembled an exciting program at Prøvehallen with heavy cats like John Abercrombie, Al Foster, Kenny Werner, Nguyên Lê and Uri Caine. If you prefer names like Mike Stern or Candy Dulfer, check out the music venue Viften in the suburb of Rødovre, where they – and many others – will be performing.
Ed Thigpen Remembered at Borups Højskole
Again this year Borups Højskole will function as the jazz festival’s headquarters, and its concert hall will be presenting concerts with Under Byen, Little Red Suitcase, Jacob Anderskov Agnostic Revelations and others, as well as a special evening where Ed Thigpen will be remembered by those musicians with whom he was closest.
The jazz flag will also be waving proudly above the good ship M/S Stubnitz, which once again will be docked at Christians Brygge to tempt you with an alternative venue experience, as well as names like Fred Frith and Evan Parker.
Jazz for Kids
For the second straight year, Children’s Jazz will be centred in Østre Anlæg, next to Statens Museum for Kunst, but there are also other locations in town with jazz-for-kids on the program: Haveselskabets Have, Pumpehuset and Christians Kirke for example.
Frue Plads, Vandkunsten, Gråbrødre Torv and large ensembles in Kongens Have
Kongens Have – in collaboration with The Danish Conductors Association- will be alive with jazz during the festival’s first weekend, presenting a special program of large ensembles and culminating with The A-Team’s annual Sunday concert. Besides Kongens Have, the festival’s most popular outdoor venues are Frue Plads, Vandkunsten and Gråbrødre Torv. This year Gråbrodre Torv will function as a kind of open-air extension of Copenhagen JazzHouse, with focus on distinctive Danish bands.
Space has also been found for a couple of new additions on the outdoor front, such as this little, exclusive concert series (curated by Kresten Osgood) at Skydebanen, in collaboration with Sort Kaffe & Vinyl.
Back behind DGI-Byen (direct access from Ingerslevsgade) you’ll find a place that can best be described as a raised basketball court with no court markings, or a huge red-orange surfaced roof terrace with a good view of the railway. The space is rarely used, but for three consecutive evenings during the festival it will be the focus of a particular ”jazz remixed” project, where vinyl by Herbie Hancock, Nina Simone and Miles Davis will be treated with a loving (but firm) hand by DJs like Steen Rock, Tue Track and Lulu Rouge..
Jazz Meets The Street
If you take the S-train from Nørrebro Station to Ryparken, you pass open, green areas where the only sign of potential cultural activity is a permanent stage with its back to Mjølnerparken. Here an entire day is planned under the banner of Jazz Meets the Street, where you can begin by enjoying Jazz for Kids, which has moved its tent poles here from Østre Anlæg for this one day. Then comes Street Basket and Jazz. GAM3 and Copenhagen Jazz Festival have a long tradition of combining these two forms of high culture, this year to the sound of Orchestra of Jenno, featuring Abdullah S and Stunn Gunn. Later in the day it will be Endangered Beats’ turn onstage, culminating with a joint project of CJF and Bless, where jazz mixes bass ‘n’ beats with Samiyam (US) and Rustie (UK), among others.
Not one word about football…
Located down by The Royal Danish Playhouse Ofelia Beach may very well become the favourite hang-out for Copenhageners this summer, since all the World Cup matches will be shown here on a big, outdoor screen. During the jazz festival, this means the quarterfinals, semi-finals and … the finale. For the occasion there will of course be live jazz in the afternoon from Monday through Thursday, under the irresistible heading “World Cup Jazz”.
Solely Solo at Tietgenkollegiet
There is a completely unique room deep inside Tietgenkollegiets with high ceilings and futuristic architecture that provides wonderful acoustics for performing music. This unusual venue will be housing two solo concerts that, not least of all because of the setting, promise to stand out in striking contrast to other festival events.
And then there’s all the rest…
Copenhagen Jazz Festival has grown so large through the years that a complete summary is nearly impossible. But one thing should be made clear: The life blood of the festival is to be found out there in the small clubs and cafés, where it is possible to experience the essence of jazz at cosy, close quarters.
The printed program contains all concerts, venue descriptions and selected comments on the concerts. It can be seen here:
The festival’s homepage contains all this, plus much more commentary about the concerts. Read more at www.jazz.dk.
Many thanks to the festival’s sponsors and contributors – and a special thank-you to Copenhagen Jazz Festival’s main sponsor, the Nordea Fund.