Charles Burrell

Charles Burrell 97th Birthday Salute Luncheon | Oct 4

Sep 22, 2017

Happy Birthday Charlie! Charles Burrell has enjoyed an outstanding career as a bassist for the Denver Symphony Orchestra and is also considered a master jazz bassist; one of the first African-American classical musicians in the nation. Born in Toledo, Ohio, in 1920, Burrell was raised in Depression-era Detroit, Michigan. His mother, Denverado, the daughter of an A.M.E. minister from Denver, Colorado, provided inspiration and direction despite the family's poverty.

Harlem of the West: Jazz in Five Points

Feb 13, 2014

Jumpin', Jammin', Jivin', and Swingin'! "Jazz in Five Points" celebrates the heritage and the history of Denver's African American community, including bassist Charles Burrell, pictured above.