The jazz takeover!

With over 1,000 concerts at over 100 venues, the Copenhagen Jazz Festival offers something for everyone. But with so much choice, it can be hard to find a place to start. Sure jazz is all about the music, but often the right setting is as important. So here's are a few of our favourite places to soak up some tunes this July

Niels Hemmingsens Gade 10, 1153 KBH

The city was a poorer place when Jazzhouse had to close its doors after severe flooding in the summer of 2011. A year later, they reopened and continued almost 25 years of service drawing some of the world’s finest jazz musicians to town.

The highlight of their festival programme this year is the Vijay Iyer Trio with Steve Lehman on July 8. Vijay Iyer (left) was just named Jazz Artist of the Year in the annual critics’ poll by DownBeat magazine that also named Steve Lehman Rising Star of the Year. The concert is guaranteed to be a winner, with some of the jazz world’s most acclaimed international stars of the moment.

The last two days of their programme are also worth checking out. Fire! Orchestra from Sweden will play two nights in a row, July 10 and 11. It’s a huge ensemble, and their shows have received rave reviews. They played the Roskilde Festival last year, but it’s quite rare to hear the group in a club atmosphere, so it’ll definitely be a hot ticket.
Harbo Bar
Blågårdsgade 2D, 2200 N

The festival continues across the bridge in Nørrebro, where Harbo Bar is hosting a number of intimate concerts. It’s a place where locals rub shoulders with passing tourists, and the rustic furniture plays counterpoint to an excellent kitchen.

The bar, located on Blågårdsgade, has participated in the festival for several years now, championing musical acts from the core to the fringe of the genre. This year, they go a step further, seeking to present a programme with an even gender split.

The result is a diverse and high-quality bill of fare. On July 4, Marie Laurette Friis will explore the space between primal, classical, noise and folk on her Korg keyboard and tambourine. On July 11, you can catch Rest in Beats (right), a vocal-instrumental duo consisting of Rezwan and Sebastian, who explore the deep beat culture of hip hop.
Højbro Plads
Højbro Plads 3, 1200 KBH

It would be a waste to spend your sunny July days indoors, so thankfully there are plenty of outdoor jazz stages. Among the best is the stage at Højbro Plads, a square in the heart of the pedestrian district and with a view of Parliament.

The stage’s house band is The Spirit of New Orleans, formed in 1990 and playing everything from traditional jazz, to ragtime and blues, to gospel and spirituals. Guest performers include the Kansas City Stompers on July 5, a group that has just celebrated its 63rd anniversary. Sure, the musicians have changed over the years, but with Niels Abild still at the helm, their playing style is as tight as ever.



By The Murmur

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