Purnell Steen and Le Jazz Machine

Jazz at the Point
9:45 am
Sun March 2, 2014

Bringing Home the Five Points Sound

Between the 1920s and 50s, the Five Points neighborhood was the heart of Denver's jazz scene. Known as the "Harlem of the West," Five Points played host to all the greats: pianist and bandleader Duke Ellington, singers Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald, saxophonist Charlie Parker, and trumpeter Miles Davis, just to name a few. Local players also kept things cooking, and soon enough the Five Points sound emerged, a brand of jazz characterized by red-hot swing and boundless  joie de vivre. Today, the keeper of the Five Points sound is Purnell Steen and Le Jazz Machine. 

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