Five Points Jazz Fest

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2017 Five Points Jazz Festival: Saturday, May 20

The free festival takes place the third Saturday of May 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. Come out to Five Points to enjoy this free festival of music, food, culture and fun.

Since its inception in 2004, the Five Points Jazz Festival has grown each year in size and popularity. In 2016 we saw attendance increase to over 40,000 and 31 bands performed throughout the course of the day. This year we’ve added additional stages and 10 more bands!

The 2017 Five Points Jazz Festival schedule is here!

Join us this year for a parade down Welton Street to kick-off the festival. The parade begins promptly at 10:45am at 26th and Welton. We’ll sashay down Welton to the Main Stage on 30th, accompanied by the Guerrilla Brass Band in true New Orleans Second-Line style!

Main Stage (29th and Welton)
11 a.m. – 12. p.m. – Guerrilla Brass Band
12:30 – 1:30 – Denver Jazz Orchestra
2:00 – 3:00 – Paa Kow
3:30 – 4:30 – Conjunto Colores
5:00 – 6:00 – SF1
6:30 – 7:30 – Groove ‘N Motion

Plaza Stage (Five Points Plaza)
11:30 – 12:30 – Voz de la Clave
1:00 – 2:00 – Eddie Turner & the Trouble Twins
2:30 – 3:30 – Sista Soul
4:00 – 5:00 – Soul Sacrifice
5:30 – 6:30 – Ricky Earl Band and Cherise

Arts & Venues Stage (26th and Welton)
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 – Denver Jazz Heritage Orch.
1:30 – 2:30 – Soul Confluence
3:00 – 4:00 – Flat Out Jazz
4:30 – 5:30 – Peter Sommer Septet
6:00 – 7:00 – Mistura Fina

Crossroads Theatre (2590 Washington St)
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – GoodRattle
12:45 – 1:45 – Coexistence
2:30 – 3:30 – Tom Gershwin Sextet
4:15 – 5:15 – Expeditions
6:00 – 7:00 – Rico Jones Quartet

Coffee at The Point (710 East 26th Street)
11:00 – 12:00  — La Pompe Jazz
1:00 – 2:00 – SAS Jazz
3:00 – 4:00 – Steve Kovalcheck/Dave Devine
5:00 – 6:00 – Chris Kroger Quintet
7:00 – 8:00 – Judo Chop
9:00 – 10:00 – Keith Oxman Trio

Coffee at The Point Outdoor Stage (710 East 26th Street)
12:00 – 1:00 – Styles Bitchley
2:00 – 3:00 – Smooth E and the Grooves
4:00 – 5:00 – Purple Squirrel
6:00 – 7:00 – The Jazz Partners
8:00 – 9:00 – The Hendersons

Cervantes (2635 Welton Street)
12:00 – 1:00 – Brad Goode Polytonal Quartet
2:00 – 3:00 – Space Orphan

Blair Caldwell Library (2401 Welton Street)
11:30 – 12:30 – Denver Jazz Club
12:00-1:30 – Movie “Nina Simone, Love Sorceress”
1:30 – 2:30 – Quirktett
2:00-3:30 – Movie “Charles Mingus: Triumph of the Underdog”
3:30 – 4:30 – Spherio

715 Club (27th & Welton)
3:30 – 4:30 – Teresa Carroll and the Top Cats
5:00 – 6:00 – Dustin Adams Band
6:45 – 7:45 – The Utopian Futurist Society
8:30 – 9:30 – Freddy Rodriquez and the Jazz Connection

Additional Events:

The Joe Bonner Legacy Jam Session feat. Tom Tilton and open to all musicians. 1 to 6 p.m. – Brother Jeff’s Cultural Center (2836 Welton)

Five Points Jazz Exhibit at Blair Caldwell African American Research Library (2401 Welton Street) – an exhibit on the history of the Five Points Jazz Festival featuring posters from the past 12 years

Kids’ Zone (27th and California)
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Activities include stilt walking party, caricature artist, face painter, jumpy castle and more; open to the young and young at heart

Black American West Museum (3091 California)
Founded in 1971 by Paul W. Stewart, the museum’s primary focus is the Black migration west, but to celebrate the Annual Five Points Jazz – come see pictures of what “Five Points” really use to look like!