Five Points Jazz Festival

2014 Five Points Jazz Festival

The Five Points Jazz Festival, now in its 11th year, brings people together for a day of food, fun and fantastic music. The free festival takes place the third Saturday of May each 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. Since its inception in 2004, the Five Points Jazz Festival has grown each year in size and popularity. In 2013 more than 16,000 people attended the festival to hear more than 20 local bands on six stages.  On May 17, 2014, 23 bands are scheduled on seven stages. You won’t want to miss the Main Stage headliners, the Nelson Rangell quartet and the Brad Leali Orchestra. Full schedule of performers.

Five Points Jazz Festival Marketplace Sweepstakes 
For the first time the Five Points Jazz Festival is offering attendees an opportunity to win prizes by visiting our vendor booths. Attendees can enter a drawing after getting at least 45 of the 50 booth stamps. Turn in your completed passport to the Arts & Venues booth (hint Arts & Venues can stamp your passport too) to be entered into drawings for $100 gift cards. There will be 10 drawings throughout the day between 2:30 and 7 p.m. You must be present at the time of the drawing to win and you can only win one time. Enter as many times as you’d like to increase your odds of winning. See full sweepstakes rules online or at the information booths.

Five Points Jazz Festival Presents Rendezvous Sessions
2014 also brings an extended series, Five Points Jazz Festival Presents: Rendezvous Sessions, monthly to the McNichols Building. Join us for a sneak preview of the great musicians who will be playing the 2014 festival. More information.

Five Points Jazz on Film
Returning in 2014 is also Five Points Jazz on Film. On May 15, 5:30pm, we will screen a jazz-related film to help kickoff the weekend. Tickets - $20
Screening of "Bird" - Biopic of the famed saxophone player, Charlie Parker. Addicted to drugs from a young age, Parker suffered the corresponding highs and lows. Supported by his loving wife Chan, who resisted attempts to have him placed in a mental institution, he continued to play his new style of music, revolutionizing jazz.

Entertainment by Tom Tilton Jazz Ensemble - Inspired in part by Charles Mingus’ legendary jazz workshop twenty-five years before, Tom Tilton formed the original 8-piece Collaboration ensemble, Featuring strong arrangements, great players and a big concert sound, the group has performed in various incarnations and only on special occasions since 1981.

2013 Five Points Jazz Festival

The 2013 Five Points Jazz Festival was held on May 18. This free community event celebrates the music, culture and history of Denver’s historic Five Points neighborhood, with performances highlighting many of Denver’s finest jazz musicians. Performances and activities take place in numerous venues in Historic Five Points, with food and art vendors along Welton Street.

For the past several years, the Five Points Jazz Festival has hosted a contest for the best pictures captured during the event and then asked the public to vote on their favorites. The 2013 Winners:

Super Collider Explosion by Thom Adorney

Dancing Girls by Stephanie Falcone


Five Points Jazz Festival 2013 from Denver Arts & Venues on Vimeo.

Camera: Nicholas DeSciose, AJ Cies, Bob Berg, Linda Sue Shirkey, Brenda LaBier, Thom Adorney, Eric Altman
Audio: Kevin Truitt
Time Lapse: Jackie Shumaker
Editor: AJ Cies
Director: Eric Altman