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Five Points Jazz Festival in the News
Better Block Five Points
YouTube Video by WalkDenver
Better Block Five Points demonstration on May 11th was a huge success!
Estimated 1,200 people visited Sonny Lawson Park during the event.
Huge thank you to 150 volunteers and 30 community partners who helped us build the Better Block.
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Five Points Jazz Fest 2013
Story and photos by Joe Contreras & Alex Johns, Latin Life Denver Media
Thousands of jazz enthusiasts turned out for a day of sun and fun in the wonderful ambiance of jazz music coming from 10 stages performed by 25 bands along Welton Street in East Denver’s Five Points neighborhood.
It was the 10th annual Five Points Jazz Festival that featured not only music but a variety of exhibits, vendors and activities in the daylong celebration of the music, people and culture that define the history of jazz in the United States and in Denver, Colorado.
In his proclamation for the festival U.S. Senator Mark Udall stated that “Once characterized as the “Harlem of the West”, Five points was a jazz mecca for legends such as Billie Holliday, Duke Ellington and Count Basie to name a few. Colorado can take pride in the significant role Five Points played during the jazz era of our nation”.
Photos: Five Points Jazz Festival in Denver
Photos from the Five Points Jazz Festival, a free community event highlighting local musicians and art, held in the historic Denver Five Points neighborhood on Saturday, May 18, 2013.
Scenes From the Five Points Jazz Festival
Photos by Danielle Lirette, Westword Slideshows
The Five Points Jazz Festival took place along Welton Street Saturday, May 18, 2013. Jazz fans of all ages enjoyed live performances by local musicians, art, and street food.
Five Points Jazz Festival Workshop
The Film Years, Blog by Chris Hinkel
My good friend Ido Ziv called me up Friday night asking what my plans were for Saturday. I hadn't seen him in a while and he mentioned Greg Harris (Gili (yes, that is the instrument made of squash)), John Grigsby (bass) and himself (percussion) were putting on a music workshop at the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library on Welton for the Five Points Jazz Festival. I thought not only would it be a good chance to catch up with Ido, but also a great opportunity to snap off some images.
Denver Five Points Jazz Festival
Stretch Stiltwalker, Blog
The 10th annual Five Points Jazz Festival was a blast! “Once characterized as the “Harlem of the West” Five Points was a jazz mecca for legends such as Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington and Count Basie to name a few.” This year’s festival featured Denver’s own Hazel Miller and a raft of the finest Jazz music, historical exhibits, lectures and much, much fun!
The Five Points Jazz Festival brings the beats to Denver's historic neigborhood
Five don't-misses for this year's Five Points Jazz celebration
By Ricardo Baca, Denver Post Pop Music Critic
If you're talkin' jazz in Colorado, you're clearly talkin' Five Points.
Be it local jazz history, touring artists visiting Colorado in the '60s and '70s or jazz's vibrant now, Denver's historic Five Points neighborhood is an essential character in the region's jazzy story.
The most colorful example of that tome is the annual Five Points Jazz Festival, which plays the neighborhood on Saturday (with a head start Friday at the McNichols Building). The event has long been a signal of summer's start, and here are our five don't-misses for this year's Five Points celebration.
“Nothing but the truth” for Denver’s own Bluesman Willie Houston
86-year-old shares bill with youth at Five Points Jazz Festival May 18
By Laurie Dunklee, Stapleton Front Porch
The blues are true; it must be true for me to write about it,” says Delta blues musician Willie Houston, one of the last authentic Delta players and a Denver resident since the 1940s.
Houston will bring his dapper style and Southern wit to the 10th annual Five Points Jazz Festival on May 18, 11am to 8pm at 27th and Welton streets. The free event will feature 20 bands on six stages.
“The festival is new each year, with different bands and other entertainment for all ages,” said Niecie Washington, special event coordinator for the city of Denver, which sponsors the festival. She expects 17,500 people to attend this year.
Denver's Hazel Miller headlines the Five Points Jazz Festival in May
By Bret Saunders, Special to The Denver Post
I've arrived at the conclusion that Hazel Miller can sing any song she wants, convincingly. Miller has been a fixture on the Denver music scene for more than three decades, and her strong vocal presence is omnipresent in the city.
Miller and her band frequently play shows at just about every notable area destination, from Herman's Hideaway (they'll be there on June 7) to Red Rocks (appearing the following night, with longtime collaborators Big Head Todd And The Monsters). You can usually expect raucous soul and funk from Miller, but when she decides to go down that path, her jazz chops are spot on.
Miller's charisma as a performer and stylistic diversity make her a model choice to close out the day-long Five Points Jazz Festival on May 18.
10 for $10
10 things to do for $10 in Denver this weekend (all free!), May 17-19
By Robin Edwards, Westword
You won't need to crack open that piggy bank to go out this weekend, because every event on our 10 for $10 list is absolutely free. Whether you choose to peruse mandala drawings at an art show, gaze at vintage Volkswagons at a car fest, or take in Denver's jazz history, you won't have to frantically check your bank balance on Monday. Share information about other bargain events in our comments section below, and head to the Westword events calendar for a complete listing of goings-on around town.
Five Points Jazz Festival in Five Points (Saturday, free)
Celebrate Denver's rich jazz history at this free festival. With lectures, a car show and dozens of great musical performances, you can spend the day celebrating the legacy of Five Points that continues today.
Five Points Jazz on Film presents The Girls in the Band, a look at unheralded musicians
By Bree Davies, Westword
The annual Five Points Jazz Festival is Saturday, May 18, and to kick it off, the city is offering a special screening of the 2011 documentary The Girls In the Band at the McNichols Building tomorrow night. The film traces the history of female jazz musicians who were marginalized and often hidden from the spotlight, starting in the 1930s and continuing to the present day; it includes rare footage of the players, and many sharing their own stories of struggle and triumph on camera.
"We thought it was an important film to show because it is a story that no one really knows," says Niecie Washington, special event coordinator for Denver Arts & Venues, which puts on the Five Points Jazz Festival.