Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2015

This week starts Copenhagen Jazz Festival, one of the most prominent Festivals of the old continent and a member of Europe Jazz Network. For 10 days between the 3rd and 12th of July hundreds of thousands of visitors will enjoy more then 1.000 shows in 100 locations around the city.

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. Lasting 10 days, the festival envelops the Danish capital, offering a sumptuous musical feast to the 250,000 guests who join us year after year. Enjoying live jazz on the city’s streets, in its clubs cafés and concert halls, and at open-air night 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 stagers create a unique atmosphere, bringing the city alive with jazz from early morning to late at night.People don’t only come for a fantastic musical experience, but for the unique atmosphere throughout Copenhagen when jazz takes over the city.

The festival audience can listen to top international jazz names at the stunning Royal Theatre, Copenhagen’s Opera House and Jean Nouvel’s architectural world-class Koncerthus – as well as along the harbour front, where they can take a dip in the clear waters to the sounds of Danish and international jazz. Copenhagen Jazz Festival also proudly presents music at the border of jazz and other genres as part of the programme ‘Something Else’. And everyone’s welcome to take their kids to the beautiful parks to the east of the city where thousands of children and their parents flock every summer to enjoy a packed programme of live jazz, circus, painting workshops and singing – all part of the ‘Jazz for Kids’ festival programme.

Copenhagen Jazz Festival takes a pride in reaching many – and new – audiences, with tailor-made programmes for pensioners and teenagers, kids and their families, as well as catering for jazz aficionados and enthusiasts. 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.

Facts Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2015

  • Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2015 takes places July 3-12 – both days included
  • The festival features around 1,000 concerts at around 100 venues
  • The concerts takes place at clubs, cafes, bars, concert halls and open-air stages in the city’s parks and squares and along the harbour front
  • Besides the concerts acquiring entry fees the festival features a great number of free concerts
  • Pre-sale spots can be found at In addition, most venues will offer tickets at the door
  • The festival engages more than 200 volunteers
  • The festival has existed in its present form since 1979


  • The printed program is released in May and is available for free at local cafes, bars, libraries, museums and at all venues
  • The complete program is also available for download as a free application for iPhone and Android. The application features a full festival schedule, daily news and a GPS that guides you to the venues


  • During the course of the 10 days 250,000 people visit the festival
  • The visitors are divided evenly among the age groups 0-35 years, 36-55 years and 56 years or older - Nine out of teen visitors are Danish. The foreign visitors are primarily Swedish, Norwegian, German, British and American
  • Copenhagen Jazz Festival generates approximately 80 million DKK kroner for the city of Copenhagen (Source: Wonderful Copenhagen, Nov. 2011)

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