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The Danish Radio Big Band - A beacon in the Danish jazz scene

The Danish Radio Big Band and chief conductor Miho Hazama offer great musical experiences ranging over classic big band jazz, soft ballads, new compositions and wild jazz experiments – delivered with the energy, professionalism and precision of 19 top-tuned musicians.

The Danish Radio Big Band has been at the forefront of the Nordic jazz scene since 1964. The band was established when Copenhagen was home to an array of legen­­dary American jazz musicians, and with iconic bandleaders like Thad Jones, Bob Brookmeyer and Jim McNeely, the Danish Radio Big Band soon developed into the institution that Ernie Wilkins called “probably the best big band in Europe”.

Today the Danish Radio Big Band still delivers the true American big band sound – with its very own Nordic twist. Based in DR Koncerthuset, Copenhagen, the band continues to introduce new names, initiate exciting collaborations across genres and commission compositions from young talents every season.

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A legendary discography

More than 80 album recordings with icons like Miles Davies, Stan Getz, Eliane Elias and Joe Henderson testify to a big band which has focused with great success on original content. The Danish Radio Big Band has won several prestigious music awards and nominations including the American GRAMMY®, and continues to record a great variety of big band music – from jazz evergreens to brand new compositions.

The latest albums by the Danish Radio Big Band include collaborations with artists like Marius Neset (N), Sinne Eeg (DK), Mathias Heise (DK), Charlie Watts (UK) and of course chief conductor Miho Hazama (JP).

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Experience the Danish Radio Big Band

DR Big Band live at DR Koncerthuset with Patti Austin

The musicians behind DR Big Band

Meet the 19 musicians of the DR Big Band

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