The history of Aarhus Jazz Orchestra is deeply rooted in the musical environment of Aarhus. The orchestra was founded in 1977 by the legendary Danish jazz musician Jens Klüver who at the time started the big band as a student project at The Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus. Through the years, Aarhus Jazz Orchestra has become a deliverer of musical experiences in absolute worldclass. Today the big band consists of some of the very best Danish jazz musicians – several of them are internationally recognized soloists – and together they constitute a team with an overwhelming collective energy and an ability to make the music rise.
Aarhus Jazz Orchestra plays more than 100 concerts each year. The big band has worked together with some of the most extraordinary jazz icons of our time, counting the Grammy winning Kurt Elling, the guitar icon John Scofield and an impressive string of big names such as David Sanborn, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Peter Erskine, Geir Lysne, David Liebman and Cæcilie Norby. The big band can present a number of acclaimed releases through the years, amongst them the Danish Music Award Jazz winning "Buchanan Requiem" by Jakob Buchanan. Moreover, Aarhus Jazz Orchestra plays a major part in communicating jazz as a music genre to the local as well as national community.
Working with Aarhus Jazz Orchestra
Working with Aarhus Jazz Orchestra means working together with highly dedicated musicians and a highly dedicated team. With both worldclass composers, conductors and musicians, extraordinary musical experiences are guaranteed. Also the administrative team behind the big band maintain a passionate and professional management of the factors surrounding the music.
A significant cultural institution
Aarhus Jazz Orchestra is a self governing institution. It has several interdisciplinary cooperative agreements with the municipality of Viborg, the departments of Children & Youths and Health & Care in Aarhus. Aarhus Jazz Orchestra values cooperations across cultural sectors greatly, as they make it possible for the big band to play for a very wide range of citizen's groups. This is one of the reasons why Aarhus Jazz Orchestra is noticed and acknowledged as a modern cultural institution of great importance for the local community and society in general.