Best Western Hotel City owner John Mortensen’s great passion for jazz has left its mark. John is related to the now deceased jazz musician Niels Henning Ørsted Pedersen, and all over the hotel, you’ll find portraits of prominent jazz musicians.
Jazzhus Montmartre is the historic jazz hotspot of Copenhagen, presenting world-class live jazz at the original intimate venue where the famous club started back in 1959 at Store Regnegade 19A in the heart of the Danish capital.
From 1959-1976, the club made jazz history as the European home for jazz giants Dexter Gordon, Ben Webster, Stan Getz, Kenny Drew and many other masters of the 1960's and 70's. A large group of leading artists moved to Copenhagen because the Montmartre got under their skin with its special ambiance and extraordinary audiences.
Re-opened in 2010
The re-opening of the historic venue in May 2010 was initiated by serial entrepreneur, journalist and media executive Rune Bech together with jazz pianist Niels Lan Doky. The new Jazzhus Montmartre quickly became a Copenhagen top attraction again. The New York Times included Montmartre on its much-hyped list of must-see-places in the city under the headline "Rebirth Of Cool". Restoring the club became a passion project for a dedicated group of volunteers out of love for jazz and the history of Montmartre, which has often been called "The Village Vanguard of Europe" in homage to its legendary sister club in New York.