Five Points Jazz Festival

Denver Arts & Venues

05/18/2019 11:00 AM

This free festival takes place the third Saturday of May every year and celebrates the history of Denver’s Five Points neighborhood.

Once known as the Harlem of the West, Five Points was home to several jazz clubs which played host to many of jazz music’s legends such as Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk and many more!

Download the app to build your schedule, see the map, check out food and beverage options, learn about our vendors and more!

Five Points Jazz Festival app for Android
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Entertainment Schedule:
Along Welton Street from Arts & Venues Stage to Main Stage
11 a.m. – Parade featuring Otone Brass Band 

Main Stage – 29th and Welton streets
11 a.m.-noon – Otone Brass Band – New Orleans-style brass band
11:15 a.m. - Five Points Jazz Festival Tribute Award - Elbra Wedgeworth
12:30-1:30 p.m. – Denver School of the Arts Jazz Workshop Orchestra – high school ensemble, big band 
2-3 p.m. – Academy Jazz Ensemble – big band 
2:15 p.m. - Five Points Jazz Festival Tribute Award - Jess E. DuBois
3:30-4:30 p.m. – Linda Theus-Lee’s HeartStrings – jazz, R&B, folk
5-6 p.m.  – ATOMGA – afro-funk
6:30-7:30 p.m. – Sammy Mayfield Blues Band – blues 

Goed Zuur – 2801 Welton St.
7:30-10 p.m. – The Ron Jackson Trio – jazz standards, pop
10:30 p.m.-1 a.m. – Felonius Smith Trio – pre-war blues

Plaza Stage – 2736 Welton St.
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Cosmic Joe – funk 
1-2 p.m. – DKO: The Darren Kramer Organization – funk, Latin, jazz
2:30-3:30 p.m.– Jon Romero y Amanecer – jazz, Latin jazz
4-5 p.m. – Wil Alston Band – jazz standards
5:30-6:30 p.m. – The Delta Sonics – blues, swing, R&B

715 Club – 715 E. 26th Ave.
11:30 a.m.-noon – Art Deco – modern jazz, jazz rock, straight jazz
1:15-2:15 p.m. – Open Source – post bop
3-4 p.m. – CounterCurrent – jazz fusion
4:45-5:45 p.m. – The Organization – modern organ trio, ‘60s pop
6:30-7:30 p.m. – Déjà Swing – swing
8:15-9:15 p.m. – Adam Bodine Quartet – jazz, classical, soul, pop
10-11 p.m. – Eef and the Blues Express - blues

Coffee at the Point Indoor Stage – 710 E. 26th Ave. 
11 a.m. -noon – Gayle Leali Jazz & Blues Quintet – jazz, blues
1:30-2:30 p.m. – Tom Amend Organ Trio – jazz, swing
4-5 p.m. – Gunnison, McRossen, Romaine, Junneman Quartet – jazz
6:30-7:30 p.m. – Walter Gorra Quartet – modern jazz, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian
9-10 p.m. – Wellington Bullings - soul

Coffee at the Point Outdoor Stage – 27th and Welton streets
12:30-1:30 p.m. – Big Brooklyn – jazz, klezmer, rock, groove
3-4 p.m. – Jazz Nicholson – jazz, rock, world, classical, soul
5:30-6:30 p.m. – Chipman Hancock Collective – classic jazz, neo-soul
8-9 p.m. – Chicos Malos! – jazz, salsa, cha-cha

Cervantes – 2637 Welton St. 
12:15-1:15 p.m. – Mark Fox Sonic Nomads – post-bop, modern, transcendental, jazz
2:15-3:15 p.m. – Akashic Jazz – modern jazz

The Rossonian – 2650 Welton St. 
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. – Danette Hollowell and the Old Souls – jazz 
1:30-2:30 p.m. – After Midnight – swing 
3:15-4:15 p.m. – Jazz Heritage Orchestra – high school ensemble, jazz
5-6 p.m. – The P. J. Q. – jazz 
6:30-7:30 p.m. – The Coração Brazilian Jazz Quartet – Brazilian Jazz

The Roxy – 2549 Welton St. 
11 a.m.-noon – Bonnie Lowdermilk Quintet – modern jazz 
12:45-1:45 p.m. – Spherio – jazz 
2:30-3:30 p.m. – Teague Bechtel Trio – straight-ahead jazz, blues, soul
4:15-5:15 p.m. – Jenna McLean Quintet – jazz 
6-7 p.m. – Invisible Bird – groove, pop

The River Yoga – 2590 Welton St. 
9:30-10:30 a.m. – Five Points Jazz Fest Yoga with Live Music by Harold Rapp, III, Power Vinyasa Warm - $20, Register
11 a.m. – noon – Five Points Jazz Fest Yoga with Live Music by Harold Rapp III, Power Vinyasa Hot - $20, Register

The Lydian – 2590 Welton St. 
Noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. – KinderBop – designed for kids ages 18 months to 5 years and their caregivers, play-centered musical activities, story-telling and games

Arts & Venues Stage – 26th and Welton streets
noon-1 p.m. – JoFoKe Anem – jazz, soul
1:30-2:30 p.m. – Azucartones – Afro-Cuban
3-4 p.m. – Lynn Baker Quartet – jazz, big band, orchestral
3:15 p.m. - Five Points Jazz Festival Award - Fred Hess
4:30-5:30 p.m. – Tom Gershwin Sextet – jazz 
6-7 p.m. – Peter Sommer Septet – bebop, avant garde

Blair Caldwell African American Research Library – 2401 Welton St. 
11-11:45 a.m. – Sonic Tonic: Learn to Listen Like a Jazz Musician – Learn to listen like a jazz musician. Immerse yourself in the sound of classic jazz to expand your mind and aural palate, free, RSVP
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Linda Styles Band – blues, Motown, gospel
12:30-1:30 p.m. – screening of "Rhapsody in Black" – film; telling the story of ten black artists who changed the face of American music
1-2 – Brass and Gold Society – hip-hop, jazz, soul, classical, R&B
2:30-3:30 p.m. – Donna Scott and Friends – straight-ahead jazz, contemporary, fusion, be-bop
2:30-4 p.m. – screening of "Sarah Vaughan: The Divine One" – film; recounting the story of the singer’s stellar career
4-5 p.m. – Rekha Ohal Quartet – jazz 


Five Points Jazz Festival Rules:

Our festival rules are based on similar rules used at sporting venues and other major events and festivals, and will be posted at all gates, published on ArtsandVenues.com/FivePointsJazz and published on the festival app.

All bags, containers and packages are subject to search.

PERMITTED ITEMS

  • Empty or factory-sealed water (plastic and aluminum) bottles 
  • One empty, refillable water bottle per person. 

PROHIBITED ITEMS

  • ALL OUTSIDE FOOD AND BEVERAGES (exceptions: factory-sealed water bottles)
  • Marijuana and drugs without a prescription
  • Coolers (hard-sided and soft-sided)
  • Weapons or items construed as weapons (including, but not limited to: firearms, knives of all sizes, sharp-edged objects, mace and pepper spray, tasers, props/toys)
  • Bullhorns or noisemakers
  • Selfie sticks
  • Confetti, glitter and other items that can be thrown
  • Commercial signage
  • Remote control flying devices or UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles)
  • Glass containers
  • Bicycles or unicycles

Pets (except for service animals) should be left at home for their comfort and safety.

Please note:

  • All bags, containers and packages are subject to search.
  • Security will not store prohibited items. The patron may choose to dispose of the item, not enter the event, or return when their prohibited item has been stored offsite.
  • If a prohibited item poses a potential significant security risk, security will alert all gates to the potential threat in order to maintain festival safety.
  • Guests will not be allowed to carry alcoholic beverages through the exit gates.

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