Danish Jazz Fest comes to Dean Street’s Pizza Express Jazz Club

The denizens of Dean Street in Soho, London, are set to get a full-on taste of sizzling Danish jazz as 10 of its young and diverse jazz bands appear for a week of gigs at Pizza Express Jazz Club from 16-22 September. The Sounds of Denmark initiative has been brought together by JazzDenmark, who selected artists through an open submission process with the final line-up chosen by a panel of British and Danish jazz industry experts, managers and promoters.

Girls in Airports are arguably the most familiar name to British listeners on the programme, but many of the inspired choices will be new to UK audiences – and include the exciting new trio Morten Shantz Godspeed, featuring eponymous keyboardist Shantz alongside powerful Phronesis drum star Anton Eger and acclaimed British saxophonist Julian Argüelles in an exciting, high-energy jazztronica trio. Other names to watch out for include rich-toned tenor saxophonist
Jan Harbeck and his Quartet; piano/sax/guitar trio Maniscalco/Bigoni/Solborg in special collaboration with revered British sax titan Evan Parker; vocal/double bass set-up Sinne Eeg & Thomas Fonnesbæk Duo and a double bill of the poetically spaced-out piano trio Hess/AC/Hess Spacelab, and their frenetic jazz/electronic dance band alter-ego, Hess Is More (pictured above), both featuring drummer Mikkel Hess. Also appearing are punky, hard-swinging trumpet/sax-led four-piece MAdHAs, and the bewitching singer Cathrine Legardh in a duo with celebrated Scottish pianist Brian Kellock.

The full line up is as follows:
Morten Schantz Godspeed
featuring Julian Argüelles and Anton Eger (16 Sept); Sinne Eeg & Thomas Fonnesbæk Duo, plus Cathrine Legardh & Brian Kellock Duo (lunchtime double bill, 17 Sept); Hess/AC/Hess Spacelab (lunchtime) and Hess Is More (evening, 18 Sept); Maniscalco/Bigoni/Solborg featuring guest Evan Parker (19 Sept); Simon Toldam Trio plus MAdHAs (20 Sept); Jan Harbeck Quartet (21 Sept) and Girls in Airports (22 Sept).

– Mike Flynn

For more info and tickets visit www.pizzaexpresslive.com/sounds-of-denmark


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