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There can be a haphazard, “as long as it fits” attitude to events with as broad an umbrella as the Nordic Jazz Festival. When organizers make no other promises than that the performers will be from Scandinavia, it’s easy to think, “So what?” In fact, this annual festival takes great pains to give audiences as complete and detailed a panorama as possible of what’s happening in Scandinavian jazz. Of course, one would have to see all eight nights’ worth of concerts to get that complete, detailed panorama, but there’s a good Cliff’s Notes version to be had at the House of Sweden. The highly rhythmic Danish pianist Soren Moller; the Swedish, Billie Holiday-influenced singer-songwriter Lina Nyberg (shown); the idiosyncratic Icelandic Latin-jazz bassist/composer Tómas R. Einarsson; and melodic but reserved Norwegian pianist Maren Selvaag all perform. Only Finland is unrepresented, alas, but this is as close to the full Scandinavian rainbow as you’ll get in one sitting.
The performance begins at 6:30 p.m. at the House of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW. $30. The festival runs from June 20-29. (202) 467-2600. usa.um.dk/nordicjazz2013