12th Annual Five Points Jazz Festival: May 16th

May 11, 2014

The Five Points Jazz Festival, now in its 12th year, brings people together for a day of food, fun and fantastic music. The free festival takes place the third Saturday of May each year 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, Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington and many others. Since its inception in 2004, the Five Points Jazz Festival has grown each year in size and popularity. In 2014 more than 26,000 people attended the festival to hear more than 20 local bands on six stages.  

On May 16, 2015, 28 bands are scheduled on eight stages. You won’t want to miss the  Joe Bonner Main Stage headliners,  Sammy Mayfield & his R n B Revue and the U.S. Air Force Falconaires Big Band with special guest, the legendary vocalist, Ernie Andrews.  This year the Main Stage is named for the giant of the piano, long time Denver resident who passed away last November and the Five Points  Plaza Stage is named the Jimmy Trujillo Stage in honor of the late KUVO on-air host, musician and educator.

Come see us at the KUVO/RMPBS booth just south of the Main Stage on the west side of Welton. We will be broadcasting live from the street.  Frijoles Colorado will be serving Cuban food including roasting 2 entire pigs.  The Five Points Festival is made possible by Arts and Venues Denver.

2015 Five Points Jazz Festival Schedule
Thursday, May 14 - Five Points Jazz on Film:   Five Points Jazz will host the 3rd  Annual Jazz on Film as part of this year’s amazing line up for the festival.  A special screening of Keep on Keepin' On, the highly acclaimed documentary on the late "C.T.", Clark Terry  will be shown at the McNichols Building on Thursday, May 14th at 5:30pm with live music provided by the Adam Bodine Trio, light hors d'oeuvres, and beverages. For more details and to get your tickets, visit Denver Arts and Venues.

Saturday, May 16th  11:00am to 8pm

                               12th ANNUAL FIVE POINTS JAZZ FESTIVAL LINE UP

JOE BONNER MAIN STAGE   (29TH & WELTON)

1PM  Joe Smith & the Spicy Pickles

3:30p   Chased

5:30p  Sammy Mayfield & his R n B Revue

7:00p   U.S. Air Force Falconaires Big Band featuring vocalist Ernie Andrews

 

JIMMY TRUJILLO FIVE POINTS PLAZA STAGE  (BETWEEN 28TH & 27TH)

12:30P   Ritmo Jazz Latino

2:30p   Ken Walker Sextet

4:00pm   Willie “The Blues Man” Houston

6:30p  Ron Ivory’s Sui Tee (sweet tea)

 

COFFEE AT THE POINTS  (AT THE FIVE POINTS PLAZA)

11:00A   Greg Tanner Harris Quintet featuring Venus Cruz

1:30p   Sergio & Eric

3:00p Gayle Leali’s Jazz & Blues Quintet

5:00p Jason Klobnak Quintet

8:00pm  Mike Abbott Quartet

 

                  CROSSROADS THEATRE  (AT THE FIVE POIJNTS PLAZA)

11:30p  Carl Dixon & the Jazz Kats

·         2:00p  Annie Booth Trio

·         3:30p  Marguerite Juneman & the Sean McGowan Trio

·         5:30p  Big Swing Trio

 

CERVANTES-THE OTHER SIDE  (BETWEEN 27TH & 26TH)

12:30p  Josh Quinlan Funky Fresh

2:00p  John Gunther & Safari

 

YOUTH STAGE  (27TH BETWEEN WELTON & CALIFORNIA)

12:00p  Denver School of the Arts Big Band

1:30p Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts Ensemble

3:30p Frangelo

5:30p  Five Points Heritage Band

 

DENVER ARTS & VENUES STAGE (26TH & WELTON)

12:30p JoFeKe

2:00p Darren Kramer & DKO

4:30 Flat Out Jazz

 

BLAIR-CALDWELL LIBRARY  (25TH & WELTON)

1:00p Tony Black Quartet

3:30p  The Jazz Partners

KUVO will broadcasting from our booth adjacent to the Joe Bonner Main Stage & once ag

Kid Zone includes magicians, stilt walkers, climbing wall, pedal positive bicycles, face painting, sidewalk chalk art & more

Arts& Crafts, food vendors, food trucks, soft drinks, beer, wine & cocktails