Five Points

Five Points' celebrated brewery Spangalang (named for the classic jazz cymbal ride pattern) celebrates one year in business this weekend.  Co-founders Taylor Rees and Darren Boyd visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis" with stories and tastes.

Even though Rees, Boyd and Austin Wiley are experienced brewers, they're on feeling a bit giddy with the first year's success.  Their popular Belgian table beer "Sugarfoot" won a gold medal at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival.  "I think we brewed that beer a whopping month and a half after we opened," said Rees.  

Jazz in Five Points | PBS Special

Dec 1, 2014

Immerse yourself in the music, heritage, and history of Denver's Five Points neighborhood - the most celebrated African-American Jazz Age entertainment Mecca in the American West with the PBS Special "Jazz in Five Points."

Interviews with musicians and historians, rare audio recordings, home-movies, and archival film footage create an entertaining and compelling chronicle of music, family, segregation, faith and life in "the points."

Born and raised in Denver, Jesse DuBois has met most of jazz music's greatest names.  His father ran Colorado's Jim Crow-era resort for African Americans, Lincoln Hills - where the stars played.  Only later did DuBois pick up the brush.

A graduate of the Art Institute of Denver's first class in 1957, DuBois paints to this day.

This past winter's thaw broke a pipe in his Welton Street studio's basement.   Several works were damaged, some beyond repair.  (See the 9News story here.) 

  Enjoy this radio tour of Winter Session, the leather and canvas goods company that makes their durable handbags, satchels and other stuff, right at 2952 Welton Street in Five Points, Denver.

Tanya Fleisher, Roy Katz, Laura and Julia walked us through their compact showroom and shop filled with vintage sewing machines, bolts of fabric, huge spools of thread, and vision.

 Their website is

(Music on this feature from Jay Hoggard's CD The Right Place, "Marimba Gylie" and "La Tierra Hermosa.")