The jazz greats played here, ate here, relaxed here. Jack Kerouac wrote about the area. Now, the formal name of this neighborhood is the Five Points Historic Cultural District. That's bureaucratic language for the area once known as "Harlem of the West." The historical markers along Welton Street and its adjacencies are being updated, according to Tracy Winchester (who also directs the Five Points Business District).
The District is hosting a “Jazz, Wine and Walking Tour” on Friday, May 16, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. on the eve of the Five Points Jazz Festival. Either self-guided or as a group, 20 historical markers are paired with stops at various businesses on Welton Street (including KUVO!) for sips and a snack. The tour begins and ends at the Blair-Caldwell Library, 2401, with live music from The Manuel Lopez Trio. Details on the Five Points Jazz Festival are at www.artsandvenuesdenver.com/fivepointsjazz
and 303-832-5000. Music on this feature by Ella Fitzgerald (she sang in Denver), "Duke's Place," (Duke played in Denver, too!) from the CD Ella & Duke
, and the Manny Lopez Latin Jazz Project, "Danzon for My Father," on the CD Live at the Oasis vol. 10 - Five Points Groove
(recorded at KUVO's Phyllis A. Greer Performance Studio, 29th and Welton Streets, Denver).