Nordic Jazz Festival 2013

This summer brought the 7th annual Nordic Jazz Festival to Washington DC. Most concerts took place at Twins Jazz on U St, featuring bands from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland and Finland. As usual, there was a showcase concert with four of the groups at the House of Sweden, as well as a night at the Finnish Embassy.

These were some of the highlights:

Saxophonist Eero Koivistoinen with Alexi Tuomarila, piano; Juri Huhtala, bass; Jussi Lehtonen, drums at the Finnish Embassy in Washington DC, June 27, 2013.

Lina Nyberg and trio w/David Stackenäs, guitar; Josef Kallerdahl, bass; and Peter Danemo, drums at the House of Sweden in Washington DC, June 26, 2013.

Guitarist Ómar Guðjónsson soloing with bassist Tómas R. Einarsson’s trio at the House of Sweden, June 26, 2013.

I also shot a bit of Christian Wallumrød’s performance at Twins Jazz. The performance was beautiful, unfortunately the video was not. Here’s one shot I managed in low light.

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Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2011

Søren Kjærgaard, Andrew Cyrille, Lotte Anker

Copenhagen Jazz Festival

July 1-10, 2011

There’s a good reason why a quarter of a million people attend the Copenhagen Jazz Festival every year. Or maybe I should say there are 1,000 reasons, since that’s how many concerts are presented in 100 different venues across the city over a 10-day period. It’s a sprawling event encompassing nearly every style of jazz, focusing on Danish and other European jazz artists, along with a smattering of American headliners, African and Latin stars, and a few pop crossover acts. Continue reading