Copenhagen Jazz Festival
From the 5th of July and ten days from then, the streets of Copenhagen will be full of jazz melodies. The 35th edition of the Copenhagen Jazz Festival is happening this year. It consists of in total approximately 1,000 concerts spread out over roughly 100 stages all around the concert halls, theatres, cafes, museums, streets and squares of the city.
Among the big names within the jazz field, one of the largest ones is Dianne Reeves, who is also referred to as the biggest jazz singer of her generation and has been compared to legends such as Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan. But there are also other famous artists, such as the singers Cassandra Wilson and Macy Gray, the pianist Chick Corea, the saxophonist Branford Marcelis as well as the bassist Marcus Miller.
Copenhagen Jazz Festival is known for its diverse programme and the attention it pays to new trends in both Danish and international jazz. It has been founded in 1979 and with more than 10 decades on its back, this large annual event has become one of Europe’s most renowned jazz festival, as well as one of Denmark’s most important music events.
Copenhagen has always had the reputation of being one of the world’s jazz capitals, and this event with more than 250,000 visitors is the proof that jazz is still alive in Copenhagen. The ten days in July also have a strong impact on the businesses in town, as they have an economic impact of 80 million Danish kroner on the local and tourism-related industries.
Behind the Copenhagen Jazz Festival stands the Copenhagen Jazz Festival Fond – a business-oriented fond whose goal it is to strengthen the jazz milieu in Denmark through this annual festival. In addition to organising some of the concerts themselves, roughly 160 concerts are organised by them, they are also responsible for the marketing of all events of the festival.
For the first time this year it is possible to buy a 24-hour ticket for public transport during the festival. This takes the shape of a SMS-ticket which is valid for 24-hours in the tariff zones 1-4. From a central location such as the Savoy Hotel, this makes it even easier to get around in town to and from the many stages involved in the festival.