Aarhus Jazz Orchestra

Contemporary Big Band

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Aarhus Jazz Orchestra is one of the leading big bands in Europe and continues to attract, impress and overwhelm audiences as well as music critics with great musical experiences. 

Aarhus Jazz Orchestra consists of some of the best musicians from the Danish jazz scene, and over the years the orchestra has worked with some of the greatest jazz icons of our time, including Kurt Elling, John Scofield, Peter Erskine, Jamie Cullum, Jon Balke, David Sanborn, Melody Gardot, Geir Lysne, David Liebman, Dee Dee Bridgewater, and many others. 

The orchestra reaps great reviews for its concerts and releases and has been nominated several times at the Danish Music Awards Jazz. In 2016, the orchestra won in the categories ‘Danish Jazz Release of the Year’ and ‘Danish Jazz Composer of the Year’ for Jakob Buchanan’s work Buchanan Requiem. In 2019 Aarhus Jazz Orchestra won the Jazz Denmark-price for "most innovative concert format".

“Aarhus Jazz Orchestra is not only an excellent big band in the traditional sense. They also do highly ambitious artistic projects and have an immensely tight ensemble sound” - Jakob Hassing, JazzSpecial