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Aarhus Jazz Orchestra

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1977
© Inge Lynggaard Hansen

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 was founded in 1977 by Jens Klüver and originally went by the name ‘Bred Ymer’ which was later changed to ‘Klüvers Big Band’ – a name that resonates with most Danish jazz connoisseurs. With Jens Klüver as frontman, the orchestra evolved from being a hobby big band to being one of the most important big bands on the Scandinavian jazz scene. In 2012, the orchestra changed its name to Aarhus Jazz Orchestra and continued to expand its scope and activity. The orchestra is an open and collaborative cultural institution, which, through concert activities, and talent development across genres and actors, provides a catalyst for an active and vibrant musical life – locally, regionally, and internationally.

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