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In terms of jazz in the Five Points neighborhood these days, James VanBuren "is…well, he just is." That's according to Denise Sealover of Hope Communities, a Five Points-based nonprofit that is hosting its Harlem of the West fundraiser tonight.

VanBuren and the Group, his backup quintet, have been a staple on the Denver jazz scene for years, and they'll be featured at the benefit, which Sealover hopes will recapture the feel of the musical glory days of Five Points' past. "It will be a nightclub setting with dinner, dancing and a silent auction," she says. "It's always a good time when James plays, and this will be no exception."

Harlem of the West will be held at the Walnut Foundry, 3002 Walnut Street; doors open at 5:30, dinner starts at 6 p.m., and music follows at 7 p.m. Admission to the fundraiser is $75, and all proceeds go to support Hope Communities' work in providing affordable housing and resident services to needy families. For more information, call 303-860-7747.
Thu., Feb. 22, 5:30-9 p.m.


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