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Danish Radio Big Band, The

Biography

The Danish Radio Big Band (DR Big Band), often referred to as the Radioens Big Band is a jazz big band founded in Copenhagen in 1964, when the Copenhagen jazz scene was particularly active, and the city was regularly visited by prominent jazz artists from the USA. Originally called The New Radio Dance Orchestra, in the early years the band was led by Ib Glindemann. But over the next few decades many new faces joined – a succession of striking bandleaders, musicians and guest soloists such as Chris Potter - all of whom helped to develop the band into the experienced ensemble whose record releases and concerts have a devoted following all over the world. Leaders like Thad Jones, Bob Brookmeyer and Jim McNeely, and guest soloists like Miles Davis, Stan Getz and Joe Henderson – along with numerous Danish jazz musicians – were able to make the DR Big Band the institution that Ernie Wilkins said was “probably the best band in Europe.”




Recordings

Danish Radio Big Band, The: Jazzin' Around Christmas

Jazzin’ Around Christmas

Danish Radio Big Band/ Conducted by Dennis Mackrel

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The 19 top-tuned musicians of The DR Big Band represent a flagship in Danish jazz. Every year since 1964 they have been offering musical experiences ranging over classic bigband-jazz, soft ballads and contemporary music. Their brand new Christmas album is no exception. It gives you ten classics in smooth arrangements and one new tune composed by Mads Mathias. All songs are performed by Danish and international artists.

You may enjoy the American star singer Curtis Stigers as he interprets It´s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas, our own Sinne Eeg charming her way through Jingle Bells, the jazzdiva Cæcilie Norby on the seductive Snowfall, or dig the young Norwegian singer Mimi Terris as she unfolds her talent on It´s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.

As a finishing touch, the album closes with ...