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There is a shedload going on this month; the start of an epic spring-summer for music in Trondheim. The wise man might be tempted to pace himself, but we never claimed to be wise. Instead we are readying ourselves for a week of world class music, night after night, with the return of Trondheim Jazzfest.

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Trondheim’s very own international jazz festival has been around in one form or another since 1980 and now it’s back with a boom. The List spoke to Ernst Wiggo Sandbakk, Jazzfest’s general manager, with responsibility for the festival’s artistic content.

“Trondheim has a high international standing in the world of jazz, not least because of the success of Jazzlinja at NTNU (a programme which offers education in a creative jazz, started in 1979), which has delivered forerunners for new European jazz for decades.”

“We’re working on making Jazzfest an established destination, though we are quite different from other festivals in general. I think we have an excellent festival programme, because we have a large proportion of homegrown productions, as well as commissioned works and world premieres: collaborations playing together for the first time, etc.”

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This year’s Jazzfest kicks off with what promises to be a spectacular performance with the three-time Grammy Award winning American jazz singer, Dee Dee Bridgewater, pictured above. Her glittering career has seen her share stages with greats such as Sonny Rollins, Dizzy Gillespie, Dexter Gordon and Max Roach, but tonight it will Trondheim’s leading professional big band, Knut Lauritzen Big Band, who have that honour. We think it will hold up, but you will have to be there to experience it for yourself. Olavshallen from 8pm, some tickets still available.

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Alternatively – or additionally, if you choose to ignore the pacing yourself advice – check out Karl Bjorå’ Aperture at Bar Moskus at 10pm.

The List will blogging daily throughout the festival, with photos and reviews from the day before, and tips for the good times still ahead. Like our Facebook or follow this blog to stay up-to-date. You can also heck out the website jazzfest.no for programme information, tickets and details about the conference, consisting of seminars, workshops, “artist talks” and a panel discussion.