The Copenhagen Jazz Festival (CJF) is one of the great musical celebrations of Copenhagen’s cultural calendar, taking place each year in early July.
Shifting freely from happy New Orleans jazz to cutting-edge jazz-electronica, the 10-day-long CJF offers nearly 100 concerts daily, taking place just about anywhere; from small dusty venues to parks, pedestrian areas, boats or jazz-institutions, featuring anything from local hard-core experimentalists to international legends.
Over the years, the small-scale project, initiated by jazz enthusiasts in 1979, has expanded to invade every corner of the city.
Picture a public place you personally appreciate in Copenhagen. the CJF probably thought of it before you. Let’s start with obvious ones: Nyhavn, Tivoli and Strøget. Each has jazz festival stages throughout the whole festival period.
Try some less touristy venues: Gråbrødre Torv (Grey Friar’s Square), Blågårdsplads, Kongens Have, and Halmtorvet - all CJF venues. Even for the experienced Copenhagener, the festival has most likely invaded your favourite spot: the old Helgoland bathing pier, the botanical gardens of the Frederiksberg Garden (Kgl. Haveselskab), the charming Konsistoriegårde courtyard, Christiania.
CJF has built up a unique duality with Copenhagen and its cosy corners. The multitude of concerts is overwhelming.