is one of the hippest acts at the festival. Whereas Dutch big bands such as New Cool Collective remain true to the basic principles of big bands, JazzKamikaze crosses every possible boundary. According to bassist and musical leader Kristor Brødsgaard, this created a barrier of its own. 'We have had to fight for our gigs these last years.' But their perseverance has borne fruit. Proof is the recently released CD Supersonic Revolutions
, their third that carries the marks of JazzKamikaze's punker attitude - more so than before. Brødsgaard feels their Scandinavian background is to blame. 'In Copenhagen, the culture for new music is perfect. You have music students from all over Europe who are mainly interested in not becoming the new MilesDavis or Charlie Parker.' The international quality of the jazzscene in Denmark can also be seen in JazzKamikaze's line-up; it consists of Danes, Swedes and one Norwegian. 'We are very focused on marketing. We know we look good and we certainly use this to our advantage,' says the band. But it is mainly the music of JazzKamikaze, containing style influences like funk, pop, rock and bebop, which impresses.