Covering the gamut from electronic to experimental, funk to free and mainstream to modern, Denmark’s winter jazz festival has been thawing the Scandinavian chill with smoking tunes for more than fifteen years, gradually growing into one of the biggest European gatherings of the musical genre. Taking place over three weeks, there are more than 500 concerts to experience at 100+ different venues across Denmark. International stars on tour, new award-winning productions and different concert themes drop anchor in both the country’s cities and the suburbs, and Vinterjazz very much kick-starts the season for the country’s clubs, and helps keep the music playing throughout the year. Highlights of the 2018 festival include the Fire! trio of Mats Gustafsson (sax), Johan Berthling (bass) and Andreas Werlin (drums), with their fresh approach to improvised music drawing on influences from free jazz, psychedelic rock and noise. And musician Omar Souleyman, who hails from the village of Tell Tamer near the city of Ra’s al-‘Ayn in the northeastern region of Syria.