Join the jazz festival with new releases, stars, surprises and fantastic summer nights

It's Festival season in Copenhagen now. As the Roskilde Festival kicks in today with opening act Outcast today the 03rd, the Copenhagen Jazz Festival starts tomorrow on the 4th. And along the Cph Festival there is also The Summer Jazz Festival in Valby beginning this friday the 4th July.

The line-up this year at Copenhagen Festival is as always a fantastic mix of classic and news. International and Danish jazz melting together making the city one big music stage of exciting sounds, vibes, grooves and jams.

Here from PG Special Agent most artist are out playing and the most easy way to find the dates is looking through the massive programming here:

There are many many highlights so its just about getting out there and feel the music.

I have a few recommendations here for you with new and established talents from the Copenhagen jazz scene.

Thomas Maintz + Aron Parks 05 July

Danish guitarist Thomas Maintz will be releasing new album ”Present” feat. bassist Scott Colley and drummer Johnathan Blake. Since the highly acclaimed debut ”This is The Color” the expectations for the followup album is high. I already had a close listen, and I think that Maintz has come up with an even stronger album. Can't wait till the album hits the streets/ shops.

Maintz will be playing several shows and there is one in particular to watch out for: his performance with US pianist Aron Parks.

Esben Brandt Quartet feat. Aron Parks 05 July.

Young guitarist Esben Brandt just released his 2nd album entitled ” Constants” and is feat. an international line-up with RJ Miller – Drums, Tomasz Dabrowski – Trumpet  and Anders Christensen – Double bass.

The music uses simple and intuitive melodies solidly founded in the Nordic jazz tradition. There is space, which enables the ensemble to create a whole music expression, to explore and react to each other and the music. The simplicity gives the music a great dramatic and dynamic potential. It creates tension and a fragility that is very aesthetically pleasing. It is very clear that there is an excess of technical ability and that makes the music speak very clearly and intently. 

Esben Brandt will be joined live at Krudtt√łnden with his Quartet feat. 
RJ Miller – Drums,
 Tomasz Dabrowski – Trumpet, 
Anders Christensen – Double bass 
and special guest 
Aron Parks - Piano.

Carsten Dahl
Carsten Dahl, who is considered the most important pianist currently in Denmark  also has busy festival. I can strongly recommend two shows feat. Dahl.

07 July jazzhus Montmartre – Release concert 

Carsten Dahl/ piano - Lennart Ginman/ Bass - 
Frands Rifbjerg /drums

This afternoon, Carsten Dahl releases his new trio CD - A GOOD TIME. A recording he wanted to release for some time. The recording sparkles of joy and musicians who are comfortable in each other's company. Drummer Frands Rifbjerg and bass player Lennart Ginman both contributes with superb playing.

08 July at Betty Nansens Teater  

Carsten does not only perform at Copenhagen Jazz Festival but also Summer jazz  taking place in Valby & Frederiksberg.

Here Carsten Dahl join a line-up of international stars in the company of 

Michala Petri / Carsten Dahl / Scott Colley (US) / Benjamin Koppel / Henrik Dam Thomsen / John Hadfield (US)

A dazzling line-up of musicians and one of the most legendary theaters of Copenhagen. Not to be missed.

And not to forget: 
All the Ilk's, The Barefoot, the late night SpacelabSessions, Thorsten Moore from Sonic Youth crashing my favorite Record shop Soundstation  and more than 1000 other concerts during these fine Jazzdays here in Copenhagen. Now go out...feel the vibe !!!!

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