by Mitch Myers
It’s the 34th annual Copenhagen Jazz Festival. MAGNET’s Mitch Myers translates the action.
“Last night, I went to the Betty Nansen Theater, where the Valby Summer Jazz organization presented the international premiere of Joe Lovano & Benjamin Koppel Mezzo Sax Meeting. The mezzo-soprano saxophone is a new instrument—created by a Dane, of course. Danish saxophonist Koppel was the first musician to get one, and after American sax veteran Lovano saw it, he acquired one, too. Together, Lovano and Koppel presented this showcase for their new instruments—supported by American pianist Kenny Werner, Swedish bass legend Palle Danielsson and drummer Audun Kieve. The saxophones sounded great, and the band’s playing was totally inspired. If things keep going like this, I’ll have a hard time coming home myself!”
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Photo: Jannick Knudsen