“We wanted to create an open festival where people could get a taster of the many aspects of jazz. Out of 160 concerts, 130 are free, which means that people are able to go and see a huge variety of artists without having to worry about the cost of it all,” explains Steffen Juul Hansen, who has been organising the festival for many years. As the name suggests, the festival still has riverboats with bands playing jazz; however, with around 45,000 people visiting throughout the week, the boats were not sufficient.

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