Vinterjazz has the same setup as the Jazzfestival Copenhagen in the summer. It is spread over the whole city but on a smaller scale. During the ten days in February about 400 concerts take place, while the summer festival has more than 1,000. Vinterjazz has a couple of headliners and foreign guests but that is also on a smaller scale.
and Larry Koonse (US). This entails that the whole scene is busily involved in concert-related activities in various combinations at various venues in town which the visitor can navigate with an excellent app. This report is confined to the series of concerts of the trio of pianist Carsten Dahl, bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Greg Hutchinson at the world-famous venue Jazzhus Montmartre. Maybe by coincidence, this seems the place for piano trios. My first visit three months ago was a concert by the Bobo Stenson Trio, maybe the best (in the family of) current piano trios.
The Montmartre spirit
The Copenhagen jazz club Montmartre was at the center of exciting new things happening about 50 years ago in the music called jazz. It was a tumultuous period with complex interactions which have to be indicated briefly here to understand the Montmartre context.
Founded in 1959, the very beginning of the 1960s, it served as a permanent school for a young generation of Danish musicians playing with North American expats who came to live in Copenhagen. Among them were big names like the saxophonists Stan Getz
. It was happy coincidence based on an even happier coincidence of drug-related problems, extraordinary young musical talent, curiosity and a remarkable proactive role of Danish women. This laid a solid foundation where the Danish jazz scene is thriving on to this day.
Radical innovators came in quite early like Cecil Taylor
appeared quite early in the sixties on the Montmartre stage and established a long-term relationship with NHØP and Danish labels. The activities went on during the 1960s and beginning of the 1970s when the wave of radical musical innovators of North-American and Scandinavian origin gathered and played at the meanwhile famous small club (like Don Cherry
's Jungle Orchestra. Abdullah Ibrahim's influential 2001 album African Piano, re-released in 2014 on vinyl by ECM, was recorded at Montmartre. Also the1970s brought a lot of North American musicians as residents to Copenhagen, among them Horace Parlan