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The 2011 Copenhagen Jazz Festival, July 1-10, Announces: The Sound of Africa and 21st Century Jazz, plus Bobby McFerrin!!

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The 2011 Copenhagen Jazz Festival, July 1-10, Announces: The Sound of Africa and 21st Century Jazz

Copenhagen Jazz Festival and Koncerthuset present an exclusive solo concert with vocalist Bobby McFerrin at The Concert Hall on July 5!

Several venues, including Jazzhus Montmartre, Tivoli and Prøvehallen, have already released their festival programs—the details can be found in our festival calendar—and with top names like Keith Jarrett, Sonny Rollins, Mike Stern, Dave Douglas and Lyle Lovett confirmed and exciting names released from the US, Denmark and Africa, the picture of this year's festival is starting to emerge.

The Sound of Africa

A new initiative this year is a special Africa theme, which will take place in Pressen, where festival goers can experience the West African vocal queen, Oumou Sangaré, a superstar in her home country, Mali. Oumou Sangaré has fascinated a world-wide audience with her often socially critical songs and a very unique voice, which has earned her the name “The Songbird from Wassoulou."

As part of the African theme the South African piano icon, Abdullah Ibrahim, and his critic praised septet 'Ekaya'—which in its original make-up recorded ground-breaking albums like “African River" and “Capetown Flowers" back in the 1990s—will also appear at Pressen. Ibrahim is South Africa's most important contribution to the history of jazz and is known and loved worldwide for his melodious compositions and piano playing, which exudes the beautiful South African countryside.

“Giants still walk the earth, and Abdullah Ibrahim is one of them ... an authority that is almost regal."—Newsday

Jazz By The Sea with an international profile

Again this year festival guests will be able to enjoy outdoor evening “Jazz By The Sea" concerts by Kulturhuset Islands Brygge. Audiences can experience a new cooperation between the avant-groove trio, Medeski, Martin & Wood, as well as the two jazz-funk (soulbop) pioneers, trumpeter Randy Brecker and saxophonist Bill Evans (formerly with Miles Davis). Jazz By The Sea also offers the chance to experience an exciting meeting between one of the hottest electric bass players of our time, Richard Bona, and newly discovered guitar phenomenon, Raul Midón.

On top of that Festival guests can meet trend-setting vibraphone virtuoso Gary Burton (again), spend an evening with saxophonist Bunky Green, and experience an exclusive duo concert with pianist Brad Mehldau and saxophonist Joshua Redman—as well as listen to completely new material from the highly talented vocalist Gretchen Parlato.

More information about tickets, venues and times will be announced shortly.

Keep checking the Copenhagen Jazz Festival homepage, Jazz.dk during the month of May for the newest artist releases and up-to-date festival information.

Copenhagen Jazz Festival takes place from the 1st to the 10th of July. The festival has existed since 1979, and today it is visited by 25,000 guests every year, with more than 100 venues presenting a total of over 1000 concerts during these ten days

July 3, 9:00 PM @ Copenhagen JazzHouse: The New Gary Burton Quartet (US) Gary Burton (vibes), Julian Lage (gtr), Scott Colley (bass), Antonio Sanchez (drums) July 5, 9:00 PM @ Copenhagen JazzHouse: Bunky Green with Osgood, Anderskov & Davidsen (US/DK) Bunky Green (saxophones), Jakob Anderskov (piano), Nils Davidsen (bass), Kresten Osgood (drums)

The Sound of Africa:

July 2, 8:30 PM @ Pressen, Politikens Hus: Abdullah Ibrahim & Ekaya (ZA, US) Abdullah Ibrahim (piano), Cleave Guyton (alto sax, flute), Keith Loftis (tenor sax), Andrae Murchison (trombone), Jason Marshall (baritone sax), Belden Bullock (bass), George Gray (drums)

July 5, 8:30 PM @ Pressen, Politikens Hus: Oumou Sangaré (ML) Oumou Sangaré (vocals), Souleymane Sidibe (caleb), Sekou Bah (bass), Hamane Toure (guitar), Cheick Oumar Diabate (djembe), Amadou Traore (flute), Dandio Sidibe, Djelika Fatoumata (vocals), Brehima Diakite (kamalen kòni), Zoumana Tereta (vl), Aliou Dante (drums)

This story appears courtesy of Jason Byrne, Red Cat Publicity.
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