DR ­Big ­Band

A beacon in the Danish jazz scene

TheDR Big Band offers musical experiences ranging over classic, swinging big band jazz, soft ballads, new compositions and wild jazz experiments – delivered with the energy, professionalism and precision of 19 top-tuned musicians.

The DR Big Band has been a shining light on the Danish jazz scene since 1964, and the band was at the forefront in the years when Copenhagen was home to an array of legen­­dary American jazzmen, With bandleaders like Thad Jones, Bob Brookmeyer, Jim McNeely and Palle Mikkelborg, the Danish Radio Big Band has also had a prominent position on the international jazz scene.

Big experiences in small places

More than 80 album recordings with stars like Miles Davies, Stan Getz and Joe Henderson ­testify to a big band which has focused with great success on original content. Today the DR Big Band is still introducing new names, initiating exciting collaborations across genres and commissioning compositions from young talents.

Many of the DR Big Band’s biggest concert cannonades are fired off in the DR Koncerthuset in Copenhagen, but in recent years the band has at the same time been playing a good 40 annual concerts all over Denmark – guided by the dogma ”Big experiences in small places.”

Experience DR Big Band

DR Big Band live at DR Koncertsalen with Patti Austin

The musicians behind DR Big Band

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