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Vinterjazz Festival Denmark 2019
February 1 - February 22
Vinterjazz is a national festival which takes place every February across the whole of Denmark. Now in its nineteenth year, it will feature hundreds of concerts in different venues from Aalborg, Aarhus, Odense and Esbjerb to Copenhagen, to light up the country’s jazz scene.
The aim is to spread the love of jazz throughout the country. Although famous international jazz musicians are invited to play, encouragement is also given to nationwide local groups to take part.
Venues vary from small wine bars and outside events, to famous musicians playing in large concert halls in Aalborg, Copenhagen and Helsingør. Many of the musicians tour the country.
Further attempts are being made to reach the more remote parts of Denmark to promote the festival, with a series of jazz concerts in cities such as Sorø, Sønderborg, Lenvig and Silkeborg, organised by local non-profit making communities. The intention is to have the same function as the Copenhagen Jazz Festival, held in the summer.
The focus is on Danish Jazz and independent organizers and jazz associations throughout the country working together to identify venues where the musicians can perform. Kenneth Hansen is the Festival Director of both Vinterjazz and the Copenhagen Jazz Festival.
When is Vinterjazz 2019
In 2019 the Vinterjazz runs from 1 to 24 February, and will take place in one hundred and fifty venues with six hundred concerts.
Vinterjazz 2019 Programme
The programme for 2019 is now out. Danish and international jazz bands taking part include Brazilian jazz star Egberto Gismonti with Lars Møller and the Orchestra, as well as Steve Gadd, part of Blicher Hemmer Gadd. There will also be performances from Jacob Bro with Thomas Morgan and Joey Baron, and Nate Wooley with avant garde duo Heaven.
The new wave of British jazz musicians are also represented. Look out for Go Go Penguin, Dinosaur, Yussef Dayes, Joe Armon-Jones and Fofoulah. Other international acts on the programme include Khruanghin, John Scofield and Gyedu-Blay Ambolley.
Special projects in 2019 will include the work of the award winning composer, John Buchanan, played by the Aarhus Jazz Orchestra, and the Aringaaq choir singing Songs to the Greenland. Other special events include Marie Fausts, chamber-inspired Machina and Vernacular Avant Garde by Peter Bruun’s experimental group All Too Human.
Try to see other progressive concerts such as The Community, Sun Ship, Klub Primi, and ILK Music.
To look at the whole programme log into www.jazz.dk/concert.
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