The Danish Radio Big Band (DR Big Band), often referred to as the Radioens Big Band is a radio ensemble and big band founded in Copenhagen in 1964.

Band historyEdit

Originally called the New Radio Dance Orchestra, in the early years the band was led by Ib Glindemann. But over the next few decades many new faces joined, such as Chris Potter, Thad Jones, Bob Brookmeyer Jim McNeely, and guest soloists like Miles Davis, Stan Getz, and Joe Henderson.

In 1964 the Danish broadcasting corporation Danmarks Radio (later abbreviated to DR) had a monopoly of both radio and TV broadcasting in Denmark. When Niels-Jørgen Kaiser, DR's head of entertainment, decided that DR had to have its own jazz band, it was without regard for economics. He wanted national radio to reflect that jazz was active in Copenhagen clubs. During the first few decades, the New Radio Dance Orchestra, which later became the DR Big Band, acquired a reputation that could attract popular jazz musicians.

With the fall of the radio and TV monopoly in the 1980s, and later when DR moved out to 'DR City' in the 2000s, the struggle for funding for DR's large orchestra became fierce. Chris Minh Doky, the band's artistic director, decided in 2008 to increase its visibility. Since then the DR Big Band has recorded with jazz musicians Randy Brecker, Chris Potter, and Mike Stern, but it has also appeared on the Danish version of the talent show X Factor, on the family series Sigurd & the Big Band, and on the show Circus Summarum.





  • Vincent Nilsson
  • Steen Nikolaj Hansen
  • Annette Huseby Saxe
  • Jakob Munck Mortensen
  • Peter Jensen


  • Nikolaj Schultz
  • Peter Fuglsang
  • Uffe Markussen
  • Lars Møller
  • Anders Gaardmand

Rhythm group:

  • Søren Frost (dr)
  • Kaspar Vadsholt (b)
  • Henrik Gunde (p)
  • Per Gade (g)

Former membersEdit






  • Bjarne Rostvold (?–1978)
  • Lennart Gruvstedt (1978–?)

Chief conductorsEdit


Year Title Record Label Collaborators
1991 Nordjazz 5 Curling Legs
2003 Lady Be Good CMC Entertainment / Universal Music Etta Cameron
2004 Cuban Flavour Cope Records
2005 Dansk Stereo Cope Records
2007 Live My Way Music / Universal Music Sigurd Barrett
2008 The James Bond Classics Warner Music Denmark Szhirley
2010 The Phoenix Red Dot/VME Vince Mendoza
2010 Merry Christmas Baby Red Dot/VME Bobo Moreno

Sinne Egg

2011 The Music of Jacob Gade Red Dot/VME
2011 Miles from Duke Phono Suecia Bengt-Arne Wallin,

Nils Landgreen

2011 Impressions of West Side Story Red Dot/VME
2011 Jazz Divas of Scandinavia Red Dot/VME Silje Nergaard,

Rigmor Gustafsson,

Cæcilie Norby

2016 At the Heart of a Selkie DR Eivør,

Peter Jensen,

Danish National Vocal Ensemble

2016 Shunting Point Records Danish Radio Jazz Group
2016 Jazzin' Around Christmas Storyville Recods Curtis Stiegers,

Cæcilie Norby,

Sinne Egg,

Miriam Mandipira,

Lisa Nilsson,

Bobo Moreno,

Karl-Martin Almqvist

Mads La Cour

Ola Onabule,

Gerard Presencer

Søren Frost

Peter Fuglsang

Mads Mathias

Hans Ulrik

Mimi Terris

Per Gade

Kevin Christensen

Niels HP

Vincent Nilsson

Palle Mikkelborg

Henrik Gunde

2017 Come Fly With Me Concord Music Group, Inc. Curtis Stigers
2017 Charlie Watts Meets The Danish Radio Big Band (Live at Danish Radio Concert Hall) Impulse, Universal Music Charlie Watts
2018 The Beast Giant Sheeo Music Mathias Heise
2018 Crystal Palace ILK Music Peter Jensen
2018 Stand on Your Feet and Fight – Voices of the Danish West Indies ILK Music Peter Jensen

With Chris Potter

With Curtis Stigers

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Engelsk stjernetrompetist i DR Big Bandet". DR. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 11 January 2011.

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