Copenhagen... and all that jazz

Copenhagen is a long-standing favourite for Jazz enthusiasts from all over  the world. And from the 3rd to the 12th July 2009 there  will be the city’s 31st annual Jazz Festival, welcoming hundreds of artists to perform the best of all Jazz genres in the Danish capital. The main event on Saturday 4th July will be the ‘Sing the Truth’ tribute to Nina Simone at the Concert Hall, featuring Dianne Reeves, Angelique Kidjo, Lizz Wright and Nina Simone’s daughter; Simone. The orchestra will be conducted by the legend’s own favourite, Al Schackman. Other highlights include the solo piano concert by Chick Corea on Sunday  5th July at the Royal Danish Theatre and the 25th anniversary celebration of ‘Aura’, created by Danish musician Palle Mikkelborg.

Clubs and small cafes are a vital part of the festival. Performances start all over town in the mornings and continue throughout the day. The most internationally renowned jazz cub in the city is the Copenhagen Jazz House and other great venues are Plaenen in Tivoli Gardens and The Playhouse theatre on the
waterfront. For a full programme and information on tickets visit

Comments (5)

  1. Jordy Chen says:

    It is so good to see such jazz festival info on this blog. Nina Simone is truly a legend and I think Reeves,Kidjo and Wright will make this a night to remember. Thanks so much for this fab news!!

  2. Rob Barham says:

    One nice thing I remember from when I was in Copenhagen last summer was that Copenhagen zoo was also a venue for the jazz festival. The only thing I’ve got against Copenhagen right now, for the UK visitors anyway, is the high prices. The Danish crown is pegged to the Euro and Denmark already felt expensive before the fall of the “Great” British pound so now it’s positively pricey.

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  4. Kendal H says:

    A good friend of mine attends this every year. Rob, he went to the zoo venue and loved it! I bet this would be incredibly culturally enriching to experience! However, it is quite expensive to go right now. Will put this on my “list to do before I die”

  5. Get A Trip says:

    I never saw any jazz while in Copenhagen, but the whole city has that real romantic jazzy feel. Actually all of Denmark has the open or “free-spirited” nature that makes this wonderful tiny country so special. It would seem to coincide with the whole Jazz spirit, too. Can’t wait to get a trip back to Copenhagen and visit the many friends I have made there over the years.

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