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2020: The Year in Jazz

Read "2020: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

The COVID-19 pandemic put the jazz world in a tailspin, just like the world at large, in 2020. And there is plenty of uncertainty going into the new year about what “new normal: might emerge from the darkness. International Jazz Day, like so many other things, became an online virtual event this time around. Pianist Keith ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

The Art of ILK

Read "The Art of ILK" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Formed in 2007, ILK (an abbreviation of Independent Label of København) is an artist-run label based in Copenhagen, encompassing a collective of 21 adventurous musicians. They started out as the young rebels of the Danish jazz scene but have become the established pioneers of the new Danish avantgarde. If you think of the avantgarde as an ...

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Benjamin Koppel

Benjamin Koppel, Danish saxophonist and composer, is one of the most award-winning musicians of his generation, known for his versatility and virtuosity. Koppel’s musical background is deeply rooted in his family and can be as well compared to the musical heritage from the famous Jacksons 5 or even the world known Bach family from Germany. He is the grandson of famous Danish classic composer Herman D. Koppel, and the son of musician and composer Anders Koppel, who had a great success worldwide with the band Savage Rose and is well known for being the greatest Danish beat musician of his generation

NEWS: TV / FILM

Louis Armstrong: Denmark 1933

Louis Armstrong: Denmark 1933

Back in 1933, before the hamming and caricature roles in movies, Armstrong was in Copenhagen, Denmark, during a year-long tour of Europe. There, three songs were filmed, the first time Armstrong was captured by a movie camera. What we see and hear is Armstrong on stage at the Tivoli Concert Hall playing and singing jazz's swing ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

The Giants of Jazz, 1972

The Giants of Jazz, 1972

In July 1972, when I was 15, I boarded a commuter train at the Croton-Harmon station near my family's house and traveled an hour south to New York City and Carnegie Hall to see the Giants of Jazz. The ensemble was appearing as part of the Newport Jazz Festival. The supergroup was conceived by George Wein, ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

Some good news for a change, near and far

Some good news for a change, near and far

Amid all the economic pain and uncertainty this year for jazz musicians, clubs and festivals due to the pandemic, there is some good news to share. It comes on distant and local fronts, as we continue to await how the “new normal” affects the arts long term. First, from Europe: On September 2, Denmark’s iconic venue, ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Meet Kenny Barron

Read "Meet Kenny Barron" reviewed by Craig Jolley

From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in March 2001. Jazz Education I recently retired from Rutgers University. Right now I teach piano one day a week at Manhattan School of Music. In September I'll be teaching at the new jazz program at Julliard. I've taught David Sanchez and ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Jan Harbeck Quartet At Jazzhus Montmartre

Read "Jan Harbeck Quartet At Jazzhus Montmartre" reviewed by Martin McFie

The Jan Harbeck Quartet Jazzhus Montmartre Copenhagen, Denmark August 27, 2020 A few blocks away from the Christiansborg Palace--the seat of the Danish government--in a street filled with bustle and bicycles, is Jazzhus Montmartre, which has been here, or near here, since it began in 1959, that magical ...

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Jonathan Andersen

Bass-player, Composer and arranger Jonathan Andersen was born in Denmark in 1974. Began exploring the bass in elementary school and was encouraged to develop his skills further at the local music school. He attended the Academy of Music in Esbjerg/Denmark from where he graduated in 2006 and studied with great bassists Thommy Andersson, Morten Ramsbøl and Kaspar Vadsholdt. He also studied Composing, Arranging, a. o. with Butch Lacy, Lars Jansson, Thomas Clausen, Frederik Søegaard, Christina Dahl and Marc Bernstein. His influences count various artists including: Dave Holland, Scott Colley, Larry Grenadier, Michael Formanek, Hugo Rasmussen. He has toured Japan, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Russia and Estonia and has played with various national and international artists like: Jesper Løvdal, Jacob Anderskov, Jens Winther, Bjarne Roupe, Claus Waidtløw, Peter Rosendal, Espen Laub Von Lillienskjold, Maria Faust, Martin Andersen, Marc Bernstein, King Size Big Band, Thomas Hass and Thomas Maintz. He is currently out with his debut album: “Tiny Grass Is Dreaming”, featuring Jacob Anderskov, Magnus Thuelund and Espen Laub Von Lillienskjold. Balance is the overall idiom in his music

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Martin Fabricius

Martin Fabricius is a Danish vibraphonist and film composer. He graduated Suma Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music with a major in film scoring in 1996. While at Berklee, Martin studied the vibraphone with Ed Saindon and multi grammy award winner Gary Burton. His first album as a bandleader and vibraphonist When Sharks Bite (2008), was hailed by JazzNyt, as one of the 10 best Danish albums that year. Since then he has performed his own music all over the world, attracting a growing audience of listeners both familiar and new to jazz. In 2014 came the Out of the White, which among other praise has received 5 stars from All About Jazz and has been one of the most played jazz albums on Danish National Radio


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