Purnell Steen and Le Jazz Machine


With a legend such as pianist Purnell Steen leading the band you will constantly be entertained. Purnell Steen and his swinging Quintet, Le Jazz Machine, are favorites on the Jazz Festival circuit as well as the nightclub scene. The versatile and dynamic piano man and his band of Denver Local Jazz stars energize original takes on the music of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie and others.

Purnell Steen and Le Jazz Machine - "Swinging Madly" CD Release, Friday, November 4 at 7pm at Dazzle Jazz.

Bringing Home the Five Points Sound

Mar 2, 2014

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.