Every year jazz enthusiasts look forward to Denver's Five Points Jazz Festival, a tradition in the historic African-American neighborhood. The all-ages event, which starts at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, brings an array of R&B, salsa, blues, funk and jazz subgenres to eleven stages.
Below is the full schedule for this free event, as published by Arts & Venues:
Main Stage – 29th and Welton streets
11 a.m. – noon – Dinosaurchestra - New Orleans jazz, R&B and funk, from New Orleans
11:15 a.m. - Five Points Jazz Festival Tribute Award presentation - Norman Harris III
12:30-1:30 p.m. – Crescent City Connection - Seven piece bayou boogie woogie band from Fort Collins
1:40-1:55 p.m. – Montbello High School Drumline
2-3 p.m. – William and the Romantics - 22 piece swing era and modern jazz big band
3:30-4:30 p.m. – Hazel Miller Band - Award-winning blues, soul and R&B
4 p.m. - Five Points Jazz Festival Tribute Award presentation - Lu Vason
5-6 p.m. – Maria Ho Quintet with Richie Cole - From Vancouver, BC, with Alto Madness saxophonist
6:30-7:30 p.m. – Jakarta - Funk, soul and R&B
Plaza Stage – 2736 Welton St.
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Red Hot Rhythm Rocket - Funk, jazz, swing and blues
1-2 p.m. – Robert Johnson and the Mark Diamond Trio - Jazz vocalist with Scott Martin, Mark Diamond and Dru Heller
2:30-3:30 p.m.– Leon and the Revival - Deep soul and horns
4-5 p.m. – Ritmo Jazz Latino - Latin and Salsa
5:30-6:30 p.m. – The King Stan Band - Blues, soul and R&B
Arts & Venues Stage – 26th and Welton streets
noon-1 p.m. – Denver Jazz Heritage Orchestra - Big band made up of youth performers
1:30-2:30 p.m. – Jazz Arts Voices and DSA Vocal Jazz - Collaborative vocal ensembles
3-4 p.m. – Ginga - Boulder-based Brazilian band led by guitarist Bill Kopper, featuring Bijoux Barbosa
4:30-5:30 p.m. – Fluxus - Electro-jazz fusion quintet
5 p.m. - Five Points Jazz Festival Tribute Award presentation - "Brother Jeff" Fard
6-7 p.m. – Impulse - Modern and post-bop jazz quintet
The Roxy – 2549 Welton St.
12:45-1:45 p.m. – Tina Phillips - Jazz vocalist with trio
2:30-3:30 p.m. – Gregory Goodloe Quintet - Smooth jazz and R&B
4:15-5:15 p.m. – Southside Jazz Project - Jazz, Latin and vocal quartet
6-7 p.m. – Bob Montgomery/Al Hermann/Josh Quinlan Sextet - Bop and swing
Coffee at The Point Indoor Stage – 710 E. 26th Ave.
11 a.m.-noon – The Connor Terrones Jazz Ensemble - Guitar-led jazz fusion
1-2 p.m. – Polarity - Original jazz arrangements
3-4 p.m. – Spencer Zweifel Trio - Jazz trio from Greeley
5-6 p.m. – Miguel Espinoza Flamenco Jazz - Guitar-led ensemble, with Gypsy jazz influences
7-8 p.m. – Dana Landry Quartet - Faculty from University of Northern Colorado
9-10 p.m. – Carmen Sandim Septet - Brazilian jazz
Coffee at The Point Outdoor Stage – 710 E. 26th Ave.
noon-1 p.m. – Unconventional Wisdom - Led by veteran trumpet player Bud Gordon
2-3 p.m. – Royal Street Ramblers - Modern New Orleans jazz quintet
3-3:20 p.m. – Montbello High School Drumline
4-5 p.m. – Hines Devine Jazz - Trombone and vocal-led jazz quintet
6-7 p.m. – Latitude Experience - Fusion jazz quintet
8-9 p.m. – The Hendersons - Back by popular demand, family, soul and R&B band
Cervantes – 2637 Welton St.
noon-1 p.m. – Joe Anderies Beyond Borders - Flute and saxophone-led edgy jazz
2-3 p.m. – Bucknerfunkenjazz - Funk, jazz and R&B
Blair Caldwell African American Research Library – 2401 Welton St.
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Sheryl Renee - Jazz, R&B, soul and gospel singer
12:30 p.m. – Screening of "Lady Day: The Many Faces of Billie Holiday" - film featuring rare TV and movie clips, commentary by musicians, singers and friends who knew her well.
1:30-2:30 p.m. – Yo Momma - All female jazz quartet
2:30 p.m. – Screening of "The Count Basie: Swingin' the Blues" - film featuring a tribute to the legacy of William Basie, seldom-seen footage and interviews of Basie alumni.
3:30-4:30 p.m. – Quincy Avenue Rhythm Band - youth funk and soul band from Kent School
715 Club —- 715 E. 26th Ave.
1:15-2:15 p.m. – Matt Skellenger Group - World percussion, jazz fusion
3-4 p.m. – Mingus - Charles Mingus tribute band
4:45-5:45 p.m. – M Squared - Progressive jazz rock jam band
6:30-7:30 p.m. – Paul Mullikin Trio with Strings - Jazz string ensemble
8:15-9:15 p.m. – Patrick McDevitt Nation - Bop quartet, featuring Gabriel Mervine and Alejandro Castaño
Goed Zuur – 2018 Welton St.
7-10:30 p.m. – Gumbo le Funque - funk, contemporary jazz
11 p.m. - 1:30 a.m. – Half Pint and the Growlers - Gypsyland swing
The Joe Bonner Legacy Jam Session at Brother Jeff’s Cultural Center – 2836 Welton St.
1-6 p.m. – Featuring Tom Tilton, Vince Wiggins, Carl Jackson and open to all musicians.
For more information, go to the Arts & Venues website.
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