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Copenhagen Jazz Festival

Listed under Music Festivals in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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Occurring annually since 1979, this festival gives Copenhagen's jazz community a license to overrun the city and take jazz to the masses. The festival runs for ten days in early July, and features a staggering number of performances – around nine hundred shows in one hundred different venues. Acts range from local musicians to the stars of the international jazz scene; past performers have included Ray Charles, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins and Oscar Peterson.

The festival's big names perform at some of Copenhagen's most famous landmarks, including The Royal Theatre, the Tivoli Gardens and the Frederiksborg Castle Gardens. The rest of the city is overrun with intimate and unique jazz performances – in shopping malls, cafes, parks and even on boats. Many of the concerts are free, and the huge range of shows means you should be able to find a jazz sound that resonates with you.

Copenhagen Jazz Festival website.

Written by  Eleanor Dean.

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