June 30, 11:30 p.m .; Christiania Jazz Club, Cph K; DKK 100 at the door
The American tenor saxophonist Ned Ferm is a faithful figure in the Danish jazz scene. Despite his multifaceted and agile sound, an unmistakable sound permeates his many collaborations. He has appeared on records by Nicolai Munch-Hansen, Anderskov Accident, Maria Faust, Kresten Osgood Trio and his own solo release from 2014, ‘Spent All the Money’. For this concert, Ferm will be joined by Jeppe Skovbakke on double bass and Rune Kielsgård on drums.
Anders Bergcrantz: ‘Elevate’
July 1, 6 p.m .; Musikhuset København, Vesterbrogade 59, Cph V; DKK 125 at the door
Bergcrantz’s potent and aggressive playing is a relic of the 1970s and 80s sounds of Freddie Hubbard and Woody Shaw. His very famous physical and rhythmic playing is of the kind that he strikes loose hair back and leaves drinks in his hands forgotten. When the ‘World’s Best Jazz Trumpetist’ award winner showed up at Montmartre last year, it cost close to $ 300 to see him, so consider this as a cut.
Hess / AC / Hess: ‘Spacelab Salon’
July 1, 12:30 p.m .; Apollo Bar i Charlottenborg Castle, Nyhavn 2, Cph K; free adm
Nikolaj Hess (piano), Anders ‘AC’ Christensen (bass) and Mikkel Hess (drums) have played together since childhood in Vejle. For years during the Jazz Festival, they have played a number of nightly residency concerts called the Spacelab Salon, where audiences can enjoy a sound that changes from day to day. “In short, it is the best piano trio in Denmark, and Nikolaj Hess is one of the most innovative jazz pianists today,” Downbeat Magazine reported.
Jacob Dinesen Trio
July 1, 3:00 p.m .; Sofies Jazz Club, Overgaden Oven Vandet 32, Cph K; free adm
Still only 26 years old, Jakob Dinesen is already one of Denmark’s leading jazz saxophonists. Known for playing an Americana-inspired crossover between rock, folk and country, he got bones at the Tønder Festival as a young teenager, where he formed an unlikely friendship with British singer-songwriter Allan Taylor, despite an age difference of more than 50 years! Taylor continues to mentor the young Dane to this day.
Thomas Clausen Trio
July 7, 3:00 p.m .; Church of Sweden, Folke Bernadottes Allé 4, Cph Ø; 150 kr
The renowned pianist and composer Thomas Clausen will be joined by Thomas Fonnesbæk on bass and Karsten Bagge on drums. The trio’s album ‘Back to Basics’ from 2007 is economical, harmonious, powerful and measured. In fact, when it was published, Gaffa Magazine enigmatically described the work as having “a presence that is somewhat peculiarly intense and downright virgin”.
July 7, 7 p.m.; Summer in Haveselskabet, Frederiksberg Runddel 1A, Frederiksberg; from DKK 297
Over the last two decades, Ibrahim Electric has become one of the most popular instrumental groups in Europe. Their latest album, ‘Time Machine’, is a tribute to the diversity of the band’s expression, with smoldering mixes of Polish-ethno-disco struggling with country influences and everything from crisp soul and jazz, to afrobeat, punk and the acidity of 60’s ‘erne.
Niclas Knudsen Trio
July 1, 11 p.m .; Charlie Scotts Bar, Skindergade 43, Cph K; 100 DKK
Niclas Knudsen’s trio works draws on old folk songs, hymns and ballads to create something that could well be called ‘Nordic Blues’. Stories of the tribulations, longings and joys of the past are mixed with the free tones of jazz in a simultaneously new and ancient sound.
Jan Kaspersen 5
July 1, 9 p.m .; Sofies Jazz Club, Overgaden Oven Vandet 32, Cph K; tickets at the door: NOK 100
The Encyclopedia of Jazz is in no doubt about the night you are waiting for: “A clever and noisy improviser and group leader, Copenhagen-born Jan Kaspersen is a shining light in his native jazz.” With influences as diverse as Dollar Brand and Duke Ellington, everything goes!
July 3, 3:00 p.m .; Bartof Station, Frederiksberg; from DKK 100
Few classical jazz pianists improvise as well as Denmark’s Carsten Dahl. Inspired by the likes of Glenn Gould, Keith Jarrett, Bill Evans and Bud Powell, this is a great opportunity to see him blade alone.
Monday Night Big Band with Niels Jørgen Steen and with Bobo Moreno
July 4, 8 p.m .; Huset, Xenon, Rådhusstræde 13, Cph K; 215kr
Leave yourself in the safe hands of the legendary 83-year-old Danish pianist and orchestra leader for a big band night with some of the country’s best musicians playing standard arrangements. Vocalist Bobo Moreno is the icing on the cake!
July 7, 5:00 p.m .; Palæ Bar, Ny Adelgade 5, Cph K; free adm
This is intimate jazz of the highest class, characterized by intimacy, soul and warmth, along with a unique sense of groove, melody and creative imagination. Saxophonist Jakob ‘Dino’ Dinesen has played in the highest layers of jazz and pop for the past 30 years.
The Giving 3: Ferm / AC / Høyer
July 10, 9 p.m.; The space, Ravnsborggade 11, Cph N; sale at the door
Anders ‘AC’ Christensen and Ned Ferm have been jamming together since 2001 in various jazz, rock, pop and free-form events. The two legends in the Danish jazz repertoire have refined their duo project for years. Here they are joined by Jakob Høyer on drums.
June 29 & 30, 9:00 p.m .; DR Concert Hall, Emil Holms Kanal 20, Cph K; from DKK 380
This national treasure in Brazil brings a rich musical heritage wherever he goes. The former Minister of Culture turns 80 just three days before the first concert!
June 28, 8 p.m .; Amager Bio, Øresundsvej 6, Cph S; 695kr
Considered one of the greatest guitar players in history, tickets will be in high demand, but fortunately Amager Bio is a great venue. Who knows: Johnny Depp might show up.
July 1, 6 p.m .; Musikhuset Copenhagen, Vesterbrogade 59, Cph V; 125kr
Post-bop and modern jazz from the Swedish trumpet-es Anders Bergcrantz.
July 1, 10:30 p.m .; Balders Plads, Cph N; free adm
Django Rinnhardt and Hot Club / gypsy jazz.
July 1, 10:30 p.m .; Drop Inn, Kompagnistræde 34, Cph K; tickets at the door: 150kr
New Orleans marching music. Contagious and eminently danceable.
July 2, 3:00 p.m .; Halmtorvet 9, Cph V; 159kr
Denmark’s probably best female vocalist at the moment, here under the auspices of the duo.
Esben Just Trio with Rasmus Lund and SP
July 3, 7:00 p.m .; Mojo, Løngangsstræde 21C, Cph K; tickets at the door: 120kr
Dr. John and Professor Longhair – in short, trampling New Orleans piano jazz at its best.
Osgood 5 featuring Allen Lowe
July 4, 9 p.m .; Sofies Jazz Club, Overgaden Oven Vandet 32, Cph K; tickets at the door: 120kr
Modern jazz with the indomitable drummer Kresten Osgood in the driver’s seat.
Wolfgang Muthspiel Trio
July 5, 8 p.m .; Beta, Øresundsvej 6, Cph S; 230 kr
International guitar trio of very high caliber.
Alex Riel Trio
July 7, 2:30 p.m .; Jazzcup, Gothersgade 107, Cph K; 128kr
Denmark’s ‘grand old man’ of the drums in classical jazz trio set-up.
Kathrine Windfeld Big Band
July 7, 8:30 p.m .; Musikhuset Copenhagen, Vesterbrogade 59, Cph V; 125kr
Adventurous big band music from one of Denmark’s rising stars.
Jerry Bergonzi Danish Quartet
July 9, 2:30 p.m .; Jazzcup, Gothersgade 107, Cph K; 128kr
American tenor saxophone player with Danish backing group. Think John Coltrane, Dexter Gordon and more.
Oilly Wallace Quartet
July 8, 8 p.m .; Søhesten, Sølvgade 103, Cph K; 50 Danish kroner
Enjoy jazz sprinkled with funk and soul from the Oilly Wallace Quartet. Read more about Oilly on page 5.
Source: The Nordic Page