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 17th 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.

Molde International Jazz Festival
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GenreJazz Festival
Date(s)Mid July
Begins15 July 2019 (2019-07-15)
Ends20 July 2019 (2019-07-20)
Location(s)Molde, Møre og Romsdal
Years active1961 - present
InauguratedFounded 1960

Celebrity jazz artistsEdit

Artist in residenceEdit

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

Frequently visiting artistsEdit

Street Parade at Moldejazz in 2010

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

Recordings and compositionsEdit

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 artistsEdit

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


Molderosen is an award established in 1967 awarded annually at Moldejazz to a person that during the festival helped to put Molde on the map.[5][6]



  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. ^ "Molderosen". Molde Bymuseum. Retrieved 2013-08-20.
  6. ^ Tomren, Lasse (2012-07-16). "Molderosen til Lionel". Romsdals Budstikke. Retrieved 2013-08-20.
  7. ^ Jazz i Molde I og II Archived 2016-03-03 at the Wayback Machine av Terje Mosnes (1990). Tilgjengelig online.
  8. ^ Jazzarkiv for Moldejazz Archived 2015-05-29 at the Wayback Machine, online søkbar.
  9. ^ musikerliste Archived 2015-02-23 at the Wayback Machine fra Moldejazz (1961-2006)

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