Summer in Denmark means a lot of jazz music in the air. Now comes the Copenhagen Jazz Festival, after the Roskilde Jazz Days last month. This 10-day event will run until July 11 with special guest performances from some of the world’s famous jazz artists.
This jazz festival, founded in 1979, is the biggest music event in the Danish capital and has been going on for 30 years now. Concerts big and small take place in various parts of the city whether indoor or outdoor. Indoor venues include small cafes, clubs and concert halls while outdoor venues include the old Helgoland bathing pier, the Frederiksberg Garden, the Konsistoriegarde courtyard and Christiana.Over 300,000 people are expected to show up at the festival.
Artists sure to grace the festival concerts are American artists Herbie Hancock, Kenny Baron, Joshua Redman Double Trio, M. Miller and E. Spalding from the U.S., Diana Krall from Canada, Martha Wainwright, Joe Lovano & Dr Big Band and Caetano Veloso to name some.
Tech savvy jazz lovers can avail of the official free guide to the Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2010 by downloading it to their iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad. The guide provides information on the artists’ profiles and concerts, venue and maps as well as other activities during the festival.
This major Copenhagen event has also been getting rave reviews from music critics and websites worldwide. Many have praised this festival as the world’s most ambitious jazz event, one that demonstrates diversity and a model of excellence for international jazz events.
Attending this yearly festival should not be a problem as Copenhagen offers great accommodation and transportation to get to the various venues around the city. If you get a Copenhagen Card, you will also get to visit 65 museums and other attractions for free.