The Jazzhus Montmartre, which from 1961 to 1976 attracted most of the world’s great jazz musicians, is to reopen in Copenhagen in May under the leadership of the Danish jazz pianist Nils Lan Doky.
Montmartre, as it was known, became synonymous with the global jazz scene, attracting not only a wide range of European jazz artists, but also a bevy of Americans such as Dexter Gordon, Ben Webster, Kenny Drew, Stan Getz, Bud Powell and Oscar Pettiford, several of whom moved to Copenhagen.
“Montmartre has always been very special for me. I am humbled and thankful to be given the chance to give this legendary institution new content in a new era,” says Niels Lan Doky.
Lan Doky’s ambition is to open Montmartre again to leading international and Danish jazz artists in an intimate setting. Montmartre will be a non-profit jazz house, with revenue being used for musicians and experiences.
“With only space for a concert audience of about 100, we will create an intimate and powerful experience in which the audience and musicians are close to each other in intense, emotionally moving and snug surroundings,” Lan Doky says.
“Our ambition is to establish a world class jazz club with an artiste profile unlike any other in the world,” he adds.