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2005 Oslo Jazz Festival to Take Place Aug. 15-21

We realize that Oslo may not be a hot tourist destination, but the city’s annual jazz festival in August might be the excuse you need to check out the land of the Vikings (the $700 flight might be a little hard on the pocket, though – if you’re already living in Scandinavia, more power to ya).

The 2005 Oslo Jazz Festival will be held from Aug. 15-21 at 16 venues throughout the city and suburbs. Headliners include the Peter Brotzmann Chicago Tentet (pictured); the Count Basie Orchestra; Power House Music with Ken Vandermark, Lasse Marhaug, Nate McBride, Ingebrigt Haker Flaten and Paal Nilssen-Love; the Charlie Parker Legacy Band; and Dick Hyman. Among the 75 concerts will also be 17 free outdoor concerts with performances by Odeon Jazz Quartet, Felix Peikli Swing Cats, Asker Jazzband and a series of young artist showcases.

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