The Winter Jazz Festival (or in Danish: Vinterjazz) is set to sweep all over Denmark for the 13th time on February 1-17. Vinterjazz is once more pushing its boundaries further with a record breaking number of concerts totaling approximately 300 concerts all over Denmark. This year's program presents a quite extravagant selection of International and Scandinavian musicians – as well as the finest and most progressive names from the modern Danish jazz scene.
This festival was founded by the Danish jazz association JazzDanmark in 2001 and is a unique celebration of live jazz and an annual kick start of the jazz season. Not only is this a nationwide festival with high quality jazz, Danish as well as international stars: It also brings together more than 60 venues ranging from local organizers, experimental labels, re-known jazz clubs to the concert halls of the like of The Royal Library, Jazzhouse, The National Art Gallery and The Royal Play House in Copenhagen. Vinterjazz is organized by Copenhagen Jazz Festival.
This year’s program features a number of international jazz meetings: Polish superstar pianist Leszek Moždžer
teams up with Swedish bassist Lars Danielsson for two concerts, Marc Johnson
(US) presents his new album ”Swept Away” alongside Eliane Elias (BR), Weather Report-drummer Peter Erskine
(US) is giving several concerts with a special project with Aarhus Jazz Orchestra, Danish guitarist Jakob Bro
gathers his great trio with Thomas Morgan
(US) and ECM-drummer Jon Christensen
(NO), while Reuben Rogers and Greg Hutchinson is playing with their new setting feat. Tomas Franck (US/SE/DK).
Transcending the core of modern jazz this edition of Vinterjazz also draws lines to folk, world, electronic, rock and classical music. Electronic jazz outfit Get The Blessing (UK) features members of Portishead, Becca Stevens
(US) plays original jazzy folk tunes, Uri Caine with the Copenhagen Phil is rewriting Beethoven's 7th Symphony, the powerful Scandinavian trio The Thing
(SE/NO) is still rocking at it with Mats Gustafsson
as lead-out man – as well as Congolese phenomena Bajoli (CD), singer Kira Skov, and trumpeter Palle Mikkelborg
in new caleidoskopic collaboration with electronic musician Mike Sheridan.
Other international high lights include: Jason Moran
Bandwagon (US), Roscoe Mitchell
(US), Lars Jasson
(SE), Dorato Schmitt (FR), Evan Parker
(UK), Marilyn Mazur
+ Tritonus Koret (DK/US) and Kreisberg/Hoenig/Hess/Haxholm (US).
The full program is available now at our website jazz.dk, in App Store and Google Play.
Vinterjazz 2013, February 1-17
60 venues from all across Denmark
A total of 300 concerts
Founded in 2001
A one-of-a-kind jazz festival that takes place nationwide
Enables more Danish and International groups to go on tour
The annual kick start for many jazz clubs and musicians
Puts a focus on jazz outside the prime season
Presale tickets available at different tickets vendors – to be found via jazz.dk