Five Points Jazz Festival kicks off Saturday!…

This Saturday the official yet unofficial start to the outdoor music season here in the Denver metro area kicks off (my opinion) with the 12th annual Five Points Jazz Festival in Denver’s historic Five Points neighborhood.


This is by far my favorite event, one I definitely look forward to each year! This event continues to grow every year!

Below is the listing of performances and stages as well as other activities.

Main Stage (29th and Welton)
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Fire It up Brass Band
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra
2 – 3 p.m. Gumbo le Funque
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Buckner Funken Jazz Band
5 – 6 p.m. Ernest Washington
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. The Jakarta Band

Plaza Stage (Five Points Plaza)

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.     Colorado Conservancy for the Jazz Arts and Denver School of the Arts Vocal Jazz Ensemble
1 – 2 p.m. DJ DKO Electric Quartet
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Wil Alston
4 – 5 p.m. Janine Santana Latin Jazz
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Dan Treanor’s Afrosippi Band featuring Erica Brown

Arts & Venues Stage (26th and Welton)
12 – 1 p.m. Five Points Jazz Heritage Band
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Walter Gorra Quartet
3 – 4 p.m. Calixto Oviedo & the Cuban Jazz Train
4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Lynn Baker Quartet
6 – 7 p.m. Max Wagner Quartet

Crossroads Theater (2590 Washington Street)
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Alex Heffron Quintet
12:45 – 1:45 p.m. Ryan Fourt Quartet
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Sheryl Renee Quartet
4:15 – 5:15 p.m. Geoff Cleveland Quartet

Coffee at The Point (710 East 26th Street)

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 a.m.     Dave Erickson Project
1 – 2 p.m. Gypsy Swing Revue
3 – 4 p.m. Gregory Goodloe
5 – 6 p.m. Tyler Farr Quartet
7 – 8 p.m. Clint Dadian Sextet
8:45 – 9:45 p.m. Jazz Nicholson

Coffee at The Point Outdoor Stage (710 East 26th Street)
2 – 3 p.m. Kool Jazz Live
4 – 5 p.m. Danette Hollowell
6 – 7 p.m. The Hendersons

Cervantes (2635 Welton Street)

12 – 1 p.m. Adam Bartczak Group
2 – 3 p.m. Dexter Payne Quintet

Blair Caldwell Library (2401 Welton Street)
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Southern Journey
12 p.m. Movie “The Cotton Club Comes to the Ritz” featuring Cab Calloway, Doc Cheatham, Max Roach, The Nicholas Brothers, Adelaide Hall and Chuck Green
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Linda Styles Band
2 p.m. Movie “The Anatomy of Vince Guaraldi”

Brother Jeff’s Cultural Center (2836 Welton Street)
1 – 6 p.m. The Joe Bonner Legacy Jam Session featuring Tom Tilton, Vince Wiggins, Carl Jackson and open to all musicians

Five Points Jazz Exhibit at Blair Caldwell African American Research Library (2401 Welton Street)
Please visit an exhibit on the history of the Five Points Jazz Festival featuring posters from the past 12 years.

Kids’ Zone (27th and California)
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.Be sure to check out our great kids’ area. Fun activities include: stilt walking party, caricature artist, face painter, jumpy castle and more… Activities open to the young and young at heart.

Black American West Museum (3091 California Street)
Founded in 1971 by Paul W. Stewart, the museum’s primary focus is the Black migration west. To celebrate the Annual Five Points Jazz Festival, come see pictures of what “Five Points” really used to look like! General admission applies.

I hope to see you there!

Rossonian Rebirth?..

We all know this has been talked about for years and with little to no progress having been made previously. But you can’t talk about jazz in Denver without mentioning the Five Points area and the Rossonian Hotel.

Here’s a well written article in the Denver Westword on the hotel’s famous history, the present and the exciting future of what’s to come for Denver’s Rossonian hotel. Click here.

 Here’s a look at what development might look like. photo credit:

R.I.P. Joe Bonner

Joe BonnerI’m sad to hear of the passing of Denver resident jazz pianist Joe Bonner. Bonner was born in North Carolina in 1948 and moved to Denver in the 1980s. Bonner died this past Friday, November 21st. This picture is one I took at this years Five Points Jazz Festival here in Denver. Bonner’s most recent recording is titled Current Events(2014) on the Cherry Sound Records. Some other notable recordings include


Suite for Chocolate(1985)


Impressions of Copenhagen(1981)


Complete discography here.

It’s been a rough few weeks for the Colorado jazz community with also the recent passing of musician and KUVO 89.3 FM personality Jimmy Trujillo, who passed away on October 29th. There will be a musical tribute to honor Trujillo this coming Sunday, November 30th and Jazz @ Jack’s in Denver starting at 1pm.

I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunities to hear and witness Joe Bonner and Jimmy Trujillo perform. Thank you for your contributions to jazz, you will be truly missed but never forgotten.

2014 Five Points Jazz Festival Photos…

The 11th annual Five Points Jazz Festival has come and gone on Saturday and it was a great day of incredible jazz music. Here are a few of my photos from a great day of music. I will add more photos later in the week. Comments are welcome. Enjoy!

Five Points & Estes Park Jazz Fests kick off the weekend…

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The 11th annual Five Points Jazz Festival takes place this Saturday beginning at 11am. Each year this event continues to get bigger and better. Click here for complete schedule and lineup.

The Estes Park Jazz Fest & Art Walk also takes place on Saturday and as  well as on Sunday. Start times for both days is 12 noon. Click here for the lineup and schedule.

Saturday is also the birthday of Denver’s own Paul Quinichette, who would’ve been 98 on this day. Happy Birthday to the Vice Pres!



Five Points Jazz Festival to kick off the event with “Bird”…



Five Points Jazz festival is 3 days away and to kick off the festival the Five Points Jazz Festival will continue their Jazz on Film series with the screening of Clint Eastwood’s 1988 biopic, “Bird” at the McNichols Building Thursday evening at 5:30pm. Tickets are $20 and entertainment will be the Tom Tilton Jazz Ensemble.

Updates 5/9…

I apologize for the lack of posts here as of late. I’ve taken some time away from “all things jazz” so to speak and placed some focus on some other things. But things here should be now returning back to normal.

So let me update you a few things up and coming. Of course last month was Jazz Appreciation Month and last month also saw the start as I call it to the festival season for jazz music in Colorado, with Earl Klugh’s Weekend of Jazz at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs and also the UNC Greeley Jazz Festival on the University of Northern Colorado campus.

This month and just over a week away are the Estes Park Jazz Fest & Art Walk on May 17th and 18th and the Five Points Jazz Festival on the 17th. Lineups have of course been announced for both festivals and I will post them here along with any other necessary information in the next post or two. The Wells Fargo Art & Jazz Festival in downtown Grand Junction happening this weekend, is now simply known as the Grand Junction Art & Music Festival. The focus has shifted to other genres of music along with jazz, so it’s the main reason I left it off of the festivals page here on this site. But according to what I’ve read jazz lovers dont need to worry, there are plenty of jazz performances still to be had here. There are 4 stages this year up from a single stage from previous years. I may go back later and add it to the festivals page. I really need to make my way out there soon.

Rudy & Shamie Royston featured on NPR Jazz…

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Great article over at the NPR Jazz blog, A Blog Supreme on talented Denver musicians Rudy and Shamie Royston, click here. Rudy recently released his debut album titled 303 on Feb 4th. Shamie’s debut album Portraits was released in July 2012.

Jazz WORMS reunion show review…

DSCF0118I just got home from the 9 o’clock show, the 2nd of two shows tonight of the Jazz WORMS reunion 25 years since the last time they played together. And let me just say that it is easily understandable to see why when they were together back in the 80’s that they would be called Denver’s best jazz band. I couldnt help but imagine myself in the late 80’s sitting in probably at that time, either El Chapultepec or Vartan Jazz club listening to outstanding compositions from this quintet. I would say these guys havent missed a step .

I went ahead before I went over to Dazzle and purchased one of the three copies of their only release Crawling Out, online not knowing of course that they would have copies of the album available at the show. And when I say album with these guys, I’m talking vinyl. So make sure to grab a copy and have the guys autograph it for you. I wish I had done that but I had already purchased the album online. Also do yourself the favor and make sure you check these guys out Friday evening at Dazzle. As was announced before the start of tonight’s9pm show, the 7pm show is already sold out for Friday, but there were still tickets available for the 9pm show.

I couldnt help but think while listening to the show as to whether or not we will be hearing more of this quintet. Maybe another recording somewhere down the line? Will they play more shows together in the near future? Each member is a success in his own right and I’m sure with schedules that are busier than ever. But I cant help but wonder if we might hear from these guys again sooner than later. One can only hope and I certainly do. Twenty five years later and still Denver’s best jazz band, even if for tonight and Friday. Dont miss out!

I wish I had more photos, but nothing turned out well enough to post here, not without some serious editing first.