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Programme 2017


 Wednesday 13th September

Anders Banke: saxophone & clarinet Anders Filipsen: keyboards Stefan Pasborg: drums

Formed by drummer Stefan Pasborg, whose mother was a dancer at the Royal Danish Ballet, The Firebirds is a trio named after Igor Stravinsky's 'Firebird', and consists of three of Denmark’s most interesting improvisers who interpret music by iconic composers such as Igor Stravinsky, Carl Nielsen, Tchaikovsky and Rimskij-Korsakov in their own original way. They draw on references from genres and styles as diverse as jazz, surf, free improvised music, blues and much more.

“Not just one of Europe’s most interesting drummers but one of Europe’s most interesting musicians” – Jazz Journal (on Stefan Pasborg)

”Can a Jazz trio really play classical orchestra-pieces? For the three gentlemen in The Firebirds no challenge seems big enough.” - Gaffa

7pm / Tickets £15.00
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Thursday 14th September

Makiko Hirabayashi: piano; Klavs Hovman: bass; Marilyn Mazur: drums, percussion, vocals

Makiko Hirabayashi is a Japanese pianist/composer, based in Copenhagen who has received wide critical acclaim as an exciting new voice on the international jazz scene for her uniquely compelling music that draws on elements of jazz, classical music, Far Eastern music and Nordic sounds. The trio, featuring legendary Danish drummer/percussionist Marilyn Mazur (Miles Davis Group 85-89, Jan Garbarek Group 91-05) and bassist Klavs Hovman has been her main focus in the recent years, where she established her unique sound through performances at major jazz festivals and venues in Europe and Japan, as well as in Egypt and Malaysia.

“Utterly captivating and immediately enjoyable” ***** - AllAboutJazz

7pm / Tickets £18.00
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Friday 15th September – Early Show

Michael Blicher: saxophones & flute; Gustav Rasmussen: trombones & guitar;
Aske Drasbæk: saxophones, Johannes Buhl Andresen: fender Rhodes & moog bass: Eddi Jarl: drums; Magnus Jochumsen: percussion

World-class afro-jazz to party to, the KutiMangoes are influenced by the music of Fela Kuti, Charles Mingus and Ornette Coleman, electric jazz, soul and blues to create a dynamic new sound. Their debut album Afro-Fire (2014) won two Danish Music Awards and took the band to Europe, Asia, Africa & the Middle East. Their follow-up "Made in Africa" was recorded in Burkina Faso and Mali and released in late 2016. NB. There will be a dance area for this performance

"Who would have thought that one of the planet's hottest afro bands are from Denmark?
Authenticity is more about attitude that origin." - Kieler Nachtrichte

"A riotous album. It has some really special touches." 4/5 - Songlines Magazine

6pm / Tickets £20.00
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Friday 15th September – Late Show

Rumpistol: Electronics, keyboards; Gustav Ljunggren: Guitars; Spejderrobot: Electronics; Emil de Waal: drums, percussion & electronics

Inspired in equal parts by West African music, electronic rave music and jazz improvisation, Kalaha’s music induces acute dance tendencies as well as food for thought! Consisting of two of Denmark's most exciting electronic producers: Rumpistol and Spejderrobot, plus the dynamic drummer Emil de Waal and hyped Danish-Swedish guitarist Gustav Ljunggren, (who has performed with artists as such as Paul Banks and Robyn), their distinctive sound design instrumental skill has earned them many fans amongst vinyl connoisseurs around the world, and support from DJs such as Gilles Peterson who recently played the band on his BBC 6 Music show. NB. There will be a dance area for this performance

“Kalaha transport fans to another world” (

10pm / Tickets £15.00
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Saturday 16th September – Lunchtime

Jacob Anderskov: piano; Peter Bruun: drums; Karen Johanne Pedersen: violin; Mette Brandt: viola; Ida Nørholm: cello

Pianist, band leader and composer Jacob Anderskov, has received numerous
awards, including “Danish Jazz Composer of the Year 2013” at the Danish Music Awards and has been hailed as “a dazzling new force in European jazz” (Jazzwise)/ His Resonance project moves effortlessly around the areas between improvisation, new music, jazz, folk music and European classical music. Consisting of three virtuoso string players, who highlight a poetic beauty in Anderskov’s music, alongside the strong improvisations of drummer Bruun and Anderskov himself on piano, the music is grandiose and simplistic, lyrical yet experimental and immediate and offers a fresh new take on the so called “Third Stream” fusion of classical and jazz first championed by the great composer Gunther Schuller in 1957 and an influence on the likes of Charles Mingus and the Modern Jazz Quartet.

“ of the most extraordinary artists in modern music.” Jazz Podium, Germany

“Resonance is a fresh take on third stream jazz and proof of Anderskov's qualities as a composer and a musical thinker.” – All About Jazz

12 noon / Tickets £15.00
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Saturday 16th September
Two shows: 6pm & 10pm

Mads Mathias: vocals/saxophone; Peter Rosendal: piano; Morten Ankarfeldt: bass; James Maddren: drums

Already a star in his native Denmark, Mads Mathias, is a vocalist/ songwriter and saxophonist, who has captured the hearts of music lovers with his charismatic performances, spirited personality and creative original songs. Inspired and influenced by the great jazz vocalists of the past and present from Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra to Harry Connick Jr and Jamie Cullum, and with a deep respect for the jazz tradition, Mathias is nevertheless an original talent with a unique and effortlessly charming vocal delivery and a skill for writing catchy and memorable, stylishly crafted tunes. Mathias returns to the UK after a sold-out tour last year including the London, Cheltenham and Edinburgh Jazz Festivals, to perform new songs from his forthcoming album alongside music from his debut album Free Falling, (which won him the award for 'Best New Jazz Act' at the Danish Music Awards).

“With his…Cole Porter knack of writing deceptively simple yet tightly structured tunes, which sound as though they’ve been lifted straight out of The Great American Songbook, it’s easy to see why singer-saxophonist Mads Mathias won the Danish Music Award for Best New Jazz Artist Of The Year” - Reviewsphere

'A truly gifted artist' - Brian Blain - LondonJazz

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6pm / Tickets £25.00 – 10pm / Tickets £15.00

Sunday 17th September - Lunchtime

Søren Bebe: piano; Kasper Tagel: bass; Anders Mogensen: drums

Danish pianist, composer and bandleader Søren Bebe makes a welcome return to London after his debut performance at the EFG London Jazz Festival in 2016, described by the Jazzmann as “a triumph” and “a genuine festival highlight’‘. Bebe fits seamlessly into the series of major jazz piano names originating from Scandinavia – Esbjorn Svensson and Tord Gustavsen are the two most often mentioned when describing the nevertheless unique sounds of the trio’s music. Bassist Kasper Tagel and drummer Anders Mogensen join the pianist in a set of quietly magical and lyrically inspiring originals from latest release ‘Home’ alongside favourites from previous albums.

“There is a clear lineage from Bill Evans to contemporary masters such as Keith Jarrett. Like Gustavsen, there is often an emphasis on simple folk-like, almost mournful melodies”. –

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12 noon / Tickets £15.00

Sunday 17th September

Tobias Wiklund: cornet; Jan Harbeck: tenor; Magnus Hjorth: piano; Lasse Mørck: double bass: Snorre Kirk: drums

Boasting two award-winning albums and major international performances, including the North Sea and Pori Jazz Festivals, this post-swing outfit is truly a band on the rise. After skyrocketing onto the European jazz Scene as a sideman with some of the finest names on the Scandinavian jazz scene today, as well as working with the likes of Diane Schuur and Eric Reed, recent years have seen inter-scandinavian drummer Snorre Kirk emerging as a full-fledged artist and composer in his own right. With a cracking quintet featuring tenor saxophonist Jan Harbeck, one of the break out stars of last year’s Sounds Of Denmark festival expect elegant modern swing and velvety rich hard bop as heard on the leaders recent record, simply entitled ‘Drummer & Composer’.

“An ‘Ellington great-grandson’....refined, elegant and mightily swinging” - JazzThing

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6.30pm / Tickets £15.00