US jazz warms wintry Denmark

Joshua RedmanAmerican jazz players once again headline in Denmark for Vinterjazz 2012, 3-19 February, a nationwide jazz festival spread across more than 60 venues.

Saxophonist Joshua Redman (pictured), son of the fabled Dewey Redman (most famously associated with Ornette Coleman and Keith Jarrett), brings his trio with Reuben Rogers and Greg Hutchinson.

Meanwhile, veteran American drummer Jack DeJohnette (Keith Jarrett, Miles Davis) appears with his trio featuring Chano Dominguez (p) and Jerome Harris (b) opposite a band led by Danish trumpeter Palle Mikkelborg. Both men will receive the Copenhagen Jazz Festival Honorary Award. Mikkelborg's band will feature Marilyn Mazur (pc) and the infrequently seen Jonas Hellborg (elb).

Other US presences are saxophonist Chris Speed and drummer Jim Black, both in the band of Danish guitarist Jakob Bro, and gospel, soul and funk singer Sharon Jones with Brooklyn-based collective The Dap-Kings.

More local players include the Swedish pianist Bobo Stenson in a solo concert and Polish pianist Lezdek Mozdzer in yet another tribute to his hallowed compatriot Krzysztof Komeda, featuring film and solo piano.

The enterprising DR Big Band, which in recent times has renewed its international profile by recording with US luminaries including Randy Brecker, Chris Potter and Mike Stern (see reviews in Jazz Journal in recent months), presents a portrait of the late Danish bassist Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen. In 1964, at the foundation of the then Danish Radio Big Band, NHØP, who went on to international prominence with Oscar Peterson, was the band's inaugural bassist.

More information on Vinterjazz 2012 here.


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