The Niels Lan Doky International Jazz Collective at Hotel Danmark proudly presents, in association with The National Musem of Denmark

Young gifted and black: The music of Nina Simone

Performed by Debbie Sledge with the Niels Lan Doky trio

NOV 10-12

Debbie Sledge (vocal)

Niels Lan Doky (piano)

Francois Moutin (bass)

Victor Jones (drums)

The National Museum of Denmark (Nationalmuseet)

Ny Vestergade 10
1471 Copenhagen K

Friday, November 10
6:30 PM and 8:30 PM

Saturday, November 11
6:30 PM and 8:30 PM

Sunday, November 12
8:30 PM

Doors open 15 minutes before show begins.

Show duration is 75 minutes without intermission

Tickets DKK 375

Tickets can also be purchased in person at any time at the hotel or the jazz club.

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“The first time I heard Nina Simone I was struck by the depth and richness of her voice and from that moment on I wanted to hear and know more! I continue to be taken to another realm each time I hear and experience her music. She is a phenomenal talent, passionate performer and civil rights activist who used her music and platform, not only to mesmerize her audiences, but to educate them and speak out against the social injustices towards minorities, especially African Americans in the United States, Her music provided hope and strength during her time and continues to be ever so relevant today! I am excited and honored to join the Niels Lan Doky Trio in bringing “Young Gifted and Black“, the music of Nina Simone, to the world once again. It’s time!”

– Debbie Sledge

Click here for trailer to the amazing  Nina Simone documentary

Meet the cast

Debbie Sledge

The extraordinary American singer and music industry legend Debbie Slegde released “We Are Family” in 1979 with her group Sister Sledge. It remains one of the most popular and enduring songs of all time. She also collaborated with James Brown on the historic Rumble In The Jungle concert in Zaïre in 1974. A devoted jazz singer also, she has performed at the Cotton Club in Harlem and elsewhere. But she has been taking audiences by storm across the globe since teaming up with acclaimed jazz pianist Niels Lan Doky. Their compelling renditions of both soul and jazz classics and lesser known gems has garnered standing ovations night after night. Their music is vibrant, emotionally intense and intuitive.

Niels Lan Doky

One of the most prolific and unique jazz artists of his generation, Niels Lan Doky has released 39 albums, collaborated with the greatest artists in jazz and won countless awards and accolades around the world. When his debut album was released in 1986, the American jazz writer Dan Morgenstern wrote: “There is nothing more encouraging and satisfying than to encounter for the first time a young jazz musician of real stature, someone who can make you feel that the future of the music is in good hands. There can not be the slightest doubt that Doky’s talent is of real significance – that rare thing in the Jazz of our time, an original voice in the great tradition”.

Photo credit: André Gustafson


Born in Paris on Christmas Eve 1961, François Moutin became a member of the legendary French pianist Martial Solal’s Trio while still only in his twenties. From then on the reputation on the young French bass virtuoso began spreading like wildfire. Known for his spectacular energy, unparalleled chops, musical intelligence and great charisma, the French bassist quickly rose to the top in his home country and it didn’t take long before he was recruited by major American jazz stars and moved to New York City where he has played with Peter Erskine, Randy Brecker, Jack DeJohnette, Toots Thielemans, Mike Stern, Jeff “Tain” Watts and numerous others. François has appeared at most major jazz festivals and venues in over 30 countries around the world and is often heard with a group that he co-leads with his twin brother, drummer Louis Moutin. Fun fact: François also has a doctorate degree in quantum physics (woaw!) but the day he received his degree, he decided to become a full time professional musician!

Victor Jones

Best known as the drummer of Stan Getz, Little Jimmy Scott, Chaka Khan and Michel Petrucciani – Victor Jones has also worked with Woody Shaw, James Moody, Wynton Marsalis, Nile Rogers and many more.  Recognized as one of the most prolific and eclectic drummers in jazz today, he appears on more than two hundred recordings and sound tracks. A two time Grammy nominee – one time winner, and a one time Oscar nominated artist . Victor began his musical journey back in the late 60s as a classical trumpet player in his home town of East Orange New Jersey.  After 10 years of studying trumpet he became interested in the drums from listening to Ringo and the Beatles and then discovered the music of James Brown, Jimmy Hendrix, John Coltrane and Miles Davis.

Photo credit: André Gustafson

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