Scandi Six: What to See at Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2015

Running annually since 1979, the Copenhagen Jazz Festival is the major jazz event of the year in Copenhagen as well as an internationally-recognised platform for musicians from all over the world.

This year’s festival takes place 3 – 12 July in venues all over the city, everywhere from The Standard to Kayak Bar to open-air events.

There are hundreds of shows to sift through, so here’s a tiny smattering of what we’re excited to see at 120 DKK or less:


List Marker: Number 1Kjeld Lauritsen ft. Nellie Ettison and Miriam Mandipira

A treat for jazz & blues fans, see Lauritsen on Hammond Organ along with Peter Gade on guitar. Singers Nellie Jettison and Miriam Mandipira join them for what’s sure to be a fun set!

Sunday 5th July
2:00 pm

Nyhavns Mindeanker

Ticket price: Free!

Concert with Miriam Mandipira, Kjeld Lauritsen, Jens Kluver...


List Marker: Number 2Jazz, Reconstructed

See three excellent pianists perform during this intimate series of concerts. First up is Søren Gemmer Quartet, led by pianist and composer Søren Gemmer. Get ready for classic jazz with a modern, melodic twist. Second in the line-up is Kristian Marstal’s solo show; traditional jazz piano combined with electronic beats. Finally, conductor, composer and pianist Christian Balvig presents his quartet Steams of Eyebeams. They’ll be playing chamber-jazz; classic chamber music disrupted by modern jazz sounds.

Sunday 5th July
7:00 – 11:00 pm


Møllegade 7
2200 København N
Ticket price: 60 DKK/concert, 100 DKK for the whole evening

Jazz, Reconstructed


List Marker: Number 3Francesco Cigna

An intimate solo show from jazz guitarist Cigna is only made better by a cosy location like Bevar’s. Round up some friends, get some beers and enjoy a bit of standard jazz hygge.

Tuesday 7th July
5:00 pm


Ravnsborggade 10B
2200 København N
Ticket price: Free!

Francesco Cigna - Solo guitar - Copenhagen Jazz Festival | Scandinavia Standard


List Marker: Number 4Eve Risser & The White Desert Orchestra

French experimental jazz multi-talent Eve Risser performs with the White Desert Orchestra, a project meant to interpret in sound the abyss of Arizona’s Grand Canyon. Sure to be beautiful and interesting.

Thursday 9th July
8:00 pm

Kulturhuset Islands Brygge

Islands Brygge 18
2300 København S
Ticket price: 120 DKK

Eve Risser & The White Desert Orchestra


List Marker: Number 5Tully Boris III

Expressive modern jazz trio (keyboard/synth, drums and trumpet) including electronic beats and improvisation. A fun, exciting show in a really special location; highly recommended!

Friday 10th July
8:00 – 9:00 pm


Blågårds Plads 6A
2200 København N
Ticket price: 50 DKK


List Marker: Number 6The Cuban Grand Finale ft. Eliel Lazo

A unique blend of musical genres with a focus on salsa rhythms. Come enjoy this creative take on Cuban Jazz led by the mega-talented Lazo.

Sunday July 12th
7:00 pm

Balders Plads

2200 København N
Ticket price: Free!

The Cuban Grand Finale feat Eliel Lazo (CU)


Did we miss a show that you’re looking forward to? Probably, since there’s about a billion of them. Share it in the comments!

Header image is Orlando Julius & The Heliocentrics, who you can also see at the festival on Thursday 9th July at Pressen, Politikens Hus (sneaky 7th recommendation, you guys!)

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Rebecca Thandi Norman

Rebecca Thandi Norman is a co-founder and Editor-in-Chief at Scandinavia Standard.