Five Points Jazz Fest

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2016 Five Points Jazz Festival: Saturday, May 21

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 2014 we saw attendance increase to nearly 26,000 and 35 bands performed throughout the course of the day. To accommodate for these increased numbers, we added 20 additional vendors, three more stages and expanded four blocks.

The 2016 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 11:00am at the Blair Caldwell Library on 24th and Welton. We’ll sashay down Welton to the Main Stage on 30th, accompanied by the Fire It Up Brass Band and dancers in true New Orleans Second-Line style!

Main Stage (29th and Welton)
11 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Fire It Up Brass Band
12:30 to 1:30 p.m. – Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra
2 to 3 p.m. – Gumbo le Funque
3:30 to 4:30 p.m. – Bucknerfunkenjazz Band
5 to 6 p.m. – Ernest Washington
6:30 to 7:30 p.m. – The Jakarta Band

Plaza Stage (Five Points Plaza)
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Colorado Conservancy for the Jazz Arts and Denver School of the Arts Vocal Jazz Ensemble
1 to 2 p.m. – DJ DKO Electric Quartet
2:30 to 3:30 p.m. – Wil Alston
4 to 5 p.m. – Janine Santana Latin Jazz
5:30 to 6:30 p.m. – Dan Treanor’s Afrosippi Band feat. Erica Brown

Arts & Venues Stage (26th and Welton)
12 to 1 p.m. – Five Points Jazz Heritage Band
1:30 to 2:30 p.m. – Walter Gorra Quartet
3 to 4 p.m. – Calixto Oviedo & the Cuban Jazz Train
4:30 to 5:30 p.m. – Lynn Baker Quartet
6 to 7 p.m. – Max Wagner Quartet

Crossroads Theatre (2590 Washington St)
11 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Alex Heffron Quintet featuring Francesca Rubin
12:45 to 1:45 p.m. – Ryan Fourt Quartet
2:30 to 3:30 p.m. – Sheryl Renee Quartet
4:15 to 5:15 p.m. – Geoff Cleveland Quartet

Coffee at The Point (710 East 26th Street)
11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. – Dave Erickson Project
1 to 2 p.m. – Gypsy Swing Revue
3 to 4 p.m. – Gregory Goodloe
5 to 6 p.m. – Tyler Farr Quartet
7 to 8 p.m. – Clint Dadian Sextet
8:45 to 9:45 p.m. – Jazz Nicholson

Coffee at The Point Outdoor Stage (710 East 26th Street)
2 to 3 p.m. – Kool Jazz Live
4 to 5 p.m. – Danette Hollowell
6 to 7 p.m. – The Hendersons

Cervantes (2635 Welton Street)
12 to 1 p.m. – Adam Bartczak Group
2 to 3 p.m. – Dexter Payne Quintet

Blair Caldwell Library (2401 Welton Street)
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Southern Journey
12 p.m. – Movie “The Cotton Club Comes to the Ritz” feat. Cab Calloway, Doc Cheatham, Max Roach, The Nicholas Brothers, Adelaide Hall and Chuck Green
1:30 to 2:30 p.m. – Linda Styles Band
2 p.m. – Movie “The Anatomy of Vince Guaraldi”

Additional Events:

The Joe Bonner Legacy Jam Session feat. Tom Tilton, Vince Wiggins, Carl Jackson 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!