Molde International Jazz Festival

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Status Active
Genre Jazz Festival
Date(s) Mid July
Begins 13 July 2015 (2015-07-13)
Ends 18 July 2015 (2015-07-18)
Frequency Annually
Location(s) Molde, Møre og Romsdal
Country Norway
Years active 1961 - present
Inaugurated Founded 1960

Molde International Jazz Festival (MIJF) or Moldejazz (established 1961 in Molde) takes place annually in July, and is known as one of the oldest jazz festivals in Europe. It was initiated by the local Storyville Jazz Club. Since 1964 it has received government support, and the government Buddy Award was for several years awarded at this festival. To the extent Molde festival operates with records, is probably the bassist Bjørn Kjellemyr holder of "Most festivals in a row" musicians record. In 2015 he visits Moldejazz for the 17'th time in row as performer. Two club gigs with Dag Arnesen's band is on the program for the versatile bassist. Guttorm Guttormsen (1974), Jon Balke (1975), Karin Krog (1978), Knut Riisnæs (1984), Terje Rypdal (1985, 1986, 1988) and Jon Eberson (1987, 1989) are among the artists he has visited Moldejazz through the years.

Celebrity jazz artists

Free concerts at the Molde town hall plaza. The Molde panorama mountain range can be seen across the Romsdalfjord.

Artist in residence

Frequently visiting artists

Street Parade at Moldejazz in 2010

The daily parade has for several years been led by New Orleans-musician Lionel Batiste.

Recordings and compositions

Concerts have been broadcast to the EBU, the first was Guttorm Guttormsen's quintet (1974), later Jan Gunnar Hoff Group (1996). The NRK transmit daily. The composition Break of day in Molde (1969) was composed by Johs. Bergh and Karin Krog, based on Carla Bley's Ida Lupino. Live recordings include

Pop artists

Concerts co-occurring with the jazz festival include[1] blues-, rock- and pop-musicians such as



  1. Mindre jazz på Moldejazz, av Bjørn Stendahl i Ny Tid (2003)
  2. Bob har landet from
  3. Verdas Navle by Roald Helgheim in Dag og Tid (22.7.1999)
  4. Ibrahim Ferrer by nrk.nk (2003)
  5. Jazz i Molde I og II av Terje Mosnes (1990). Tilgjengelig online.
  6. Jazzarkiv for Moldejazz, online søkbar.
  7. musikerliste fra Moldejazz (1961-2006)
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