Aarhus Jazz Orchestra

The brass section of Aarhus Jazz Orchestra - press photo.

Aarhus Jazz Orchestra is one of the leading big bands in Europe. With a sublime sense of music as well as a highly professional approach to practising big band music, Aarhus Jazz Orchestra continues to attract, impress and overwhelm audiences as well as music critics with great musical experiences. Aarhus Jazz Orchestra is funded by the Danish Arts Foundation and The Municipality of Aarhus, and it is the only rhythmic basis ensemble in Denmark.



Aarhus Jazz Orchestra then going under the name Klüvers Big Band during Aarhus Party Week, 1981.

The history of Aarhus Jazz Orchestra is deeply rooted in the musical community 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 (called Klüvers Big Band) at The Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus. Today, the big band consists of some of the very best Danish jazz musicians – several of them internationally recognized soloists. 40 years of eminent music has truly made Aarhus Jazz Orchestra a platform for musical experiences in absolute worldclass.


Aarhus Jazz Orchestra plays more than 100 concerts each year. The big band has worked 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 have presented 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 genre to the local as well as national community.


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.

Klüvers Big Band in giant concert with school choir from Aarhus.


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 cooperation across cultural sectors greatly, as they make it possible for the big band to perform 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.