Five Points Jazz Festival in the News

PHOTOS: Five Points Jazz Festival - Denver Post

Five Points Jazz Festival on Saturday, May 16, 2015 along Welton Street in the Five Points neighborhood of Denver, Colorado. The annual Festival brings out close to 40 performances at eight different venues in the neighborhood and hundreds of people to listen to jazz and blues performances from across the country.
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Five Points Jazz Festival 2015 - Denver Westword
Photos by Brandon Marshall
Monday, May 18, 2015

Jazz combos and musicians from around Colorado gathered in Colorado's Five Points neighborhood for the Five Points Jazz Festival, a day-long celebration of groove and fair food.
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10 (Mostly) Free Things to Do: May 2015 Edition - 5280 Magazine
By Natasha Gardner
Wednesday, May 6, 2015

From the Five Points Jazz Festival to the Poudre RiverFest, here are 10 ways to give your wallet a break this month... Listen: Five Points Jazz Festival - Why you should go: We consider this festival—with more than 25 bands and eight stages—the official kickoff for the summer music season.
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2014 Five Points Jazz Festival Photos - Jazz @ Altitude
Sunday, May 18, 2014

The 11th annual Five Points Jazz Festival has come and gone on Saturday and it was a great day of incredible jazz music. Here are a few of my photos from a great day of music.
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Five Points Jazz Festival 2014 - Latin Life Denver

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Denver Five Points Jazz Festival -
Tuesday, May 14, 2014

This year’s Five Points Jazz Festival will take place on Saturday, May 17, 2014 from 11am until 8pm. The yearly festival is a celebration of the Five Points neighborhood culture and music, and it provides an opportunity to honor individuals who have made lasting contributions to jazz music. This year the festival will have seven stages and over 20 bands will be performing, including main stage headliners the Nelson Rangell Quartet and the Brad Leali Orchestra.
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Youth Jazz Band Ready for Festival - Stapleton Front Porch
Thursday, May 1, 2014

High school musicians in Denver’s Five Points Heritage Band admire their jazz heroes, from Duke Ellington to Miles Davis, but they also hope to make their own jazz history... The Five Points Heritage Band, Denver’s citywide honor jazz band, is comprised of auditioned players from Denver high schools. The band receives a $3,500 stipend each year from the Denver Arts and Venues Arts & Education Fund and performs on the Youth Stage at the Five Points Jazz Festival. Other bands performing on the Youth Stage are the Denver School of the Arts Jazz Sextet and the Claim Jumpers from the University of Colorado at Denver.
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Better Block Five Points - YouTube Video by WalkDenver
Tuesday, May 28, 2013

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 - Latin Life Denver Media
Story and photos by Joe Contreras & Alex Johns, 

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...In his proclamation for the festival U.S. Senator Mark Udall stated that "Colorado can take pride in the significant role Five Points played during the jazz era of our nation”.
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Photos: Five Points Jazz Festival in Denver - Denver Post
Sunday, May 19, 2013

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.
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Scenes From the Five Points Jazz Festival - Denver Westword
Photos by Danielle Lirette

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.
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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.
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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!
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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
- Denver Post
By Ricardo Baca

If you're talkin' jazz in Colorado, you're clearly talkin' Five Points... 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.
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“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 -
Stapleton Front Porch
By Laurie Dunklee

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.
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Denver's Hazel Miller headlines the Five Points Jazz Festival in May - Denver Post
By Bret Saunders

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'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.
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10 for $10
10 things to do for $10 in Denver this weekend (all free!), May 17-19
- Denver Westword
By Robin Edwards

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... 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.
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Five Points Jazz on Film presents The Girls in the Band, a look at unheralded musicians - Denver Westword
By Bree Davies

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.
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