Live music and open windows. Supported by DJBFA.
Backyard Jazz was launched in March 2020 to create a platform for jazz musicians in Denmark, where they could present their music during the Covid-19 pandemic. Inspired by the Danish tradition of backyard musicians from the 1920s and 1930s, artists and bands gathered in backyards across the country and played live concerts for the people living in the neighborhood, who were able to enjoy the concerts from their windows and balconies.
Backyard Jazz was a means of being social but at a distance, while making live music happen in a much-needed time. The concerts were also live-streamed on Facebook for all others to enjoy, despite being isolated due to the lockdown.
In all its simplicity, the idea behind Backyard Jazz was that musicians, housing associations, and event managers could apply for the use of the project’s media channels, advice, counseling on anything from technique and contractual agreements to security measures.
Since the beginning, the project has evolved into including jazz music in various settings such as the studio, the rehearsal space, the library, the garden, and even the carport. The key point is that it is live music for those who experience it first hand, as well as those who participate through the live stream.