Contemporary Jazz in Denmark: Different Sounds, Different Scenes

All About Jazz profiles interesting music coming out of Denmark.

There’s an often-quoted phrase by Shakespeare saying that ”something is rotten in the state of Denmark” but when it comes to jazz, the environment of the country is indeed very fertile, and at this point, the many sounds of Danish jazz are reaching across the borders and finding new listeners everywhere in the world. The homogeneity of a local scene that welcomed visitors from the outside has given way to a great global community with many genres and scenes. Nowadays, young Danish jazz musicians are tearing down the walls that separated high and low culture, avant-garde and popular music. A keen understanding of tradition blends into a daring exploration of the new. If one were to pick just one word to characterize new Danish jazz, the word would be “curiosity.”

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