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Five Points will jazz it up again this May

If you’re jonesing for even more jazz in your life on top of the recently announced City Park Jazz—lineup but don’t want to pay Dazzle’s moving fees, this will put some pep in your step: Five Points Jazz Festival is back for 2017.

The free event returns to the historic Denver neighborhood starting May 19, when Welton Street is closed from 25th to 30th at 6 p.m. for the kickoff parade featuring grand marshals Terry Nelson and Norman Harris Sr. Then the music starts May 20 from 11 a.m.-10 p.m., bringing with it more that 40 swinging artists across eight venues (Did we mention it’s free?).—Last year’s event drew 50,000 people.—

Shortly after Five Points became designated as a historical district, Denver Arts and Venues began hosting the one-day festival, which celebrates Five Points’ decades-long history as a cultural hub.

In the 1920s, Five Points became the seat of Denver’s African-American community, making it an entertainment destination, according to Denver Post jazz critic Bret Saunders.

Back then, jazz greats like Duke Ellington and Charlie Parker graced the district’s best venues and, on May 19, hometown heros like Brad Goode, Steve Kovalcheck, Dave Devine and Tom Gershwin will pay homage to those icons and the neighborhood with—their own jams. The Jazz Partners and Denver Jazz Heritage Orchestra will also play, along with contemporary blues artist Eddie Turner, R&B singer Sista Soul and many others.

“Five Points Jazz Festival offers a culturally diverse lineup providing Denver with an afternoon filled with several types of jazz to experience,” said Denver Arts & Venues Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications Jordan Bishop in a press release.

This year’s event will also feature documentaries related to music and black history—at the Blair-Caldwell Library. Special youth programming like instrument making, yoga, drumming and dance, plus a bike valet, will also be included.

Five Points Jazz will be calling for volunteers until 5 p.m. on May 10. Find more information here and check out the full music schedule below:

Main Stage/Escenario Principal

11 a.m.-12 p.m. – Guerrilla Fanfare Brass Band
12:30-1:30 p.m. – Denver Jazz Orchestra
2:00-3:00 p.m. – Paa Kow
3:30-4:30 p.m. – Conjunto Colores
5:00-6:00 p.m. – SF1
6:30-7:30 p.m. – Groove ‘N Motion

Plaza Stage/Escenario Plaza

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Voz de la Clave
1:00-2:00 p.m. – Eddie Turner & the Trouble Twins
2:30-3:30 p.m. – Sista Soul
4:00-5:00 p.m. – Soul Sacrifice: A Tribute to Santana
5:30-6:30 p.m. – Ricky Earl Band and Cherise

Arts & Venues Stage/Escenario de Arts & Venues

12:00-1:00 p.m. – Denver Jazz Heritage Orchestra
1:30-2:30 p.m. – Soul Confluence
3:00-4:00 p.m. – Flat Out Jazz
4:30-5:30 p.m. – Peter Sommer Septet
6:00-7:00 p.m. – Mistura Fina

Crossroads Theater

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. – GoodRattle
12:45-1:45 p.m. – Coexistence
2:30-3:30 p.m. – Tom Gershwin Sextet
4:15-5:15 p.m. – Expeditions
6:00-7:00 p.m. – Rico Jones Quartet

Coffee at The Point

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. – La Pompe Jazz
1:00-2:00 p.m. – SAS Jazz
3:00-4:00 p.m. – Steve Kovalcheck/Dave Devine Quartet
5:00-6:00 p.m. – Chris Kroger Quintet
7:00-8:00 p.m. – Judo Chop
9:00-10:00 p.m. – Keith Oxman Trio

Coffee at The Point Outdoor Patio/Patio Exterior en Coffee at The Point

12:00-1:00 p.m. – Styles Bitchley
2:00-3:00 p.m. – Smooth E and the Grooves
4:00-5:00 p.m. – Purple Squirrel
6:00-7:00 p.m. – The Jazz Partners
8:00-9:00 p.m. – The Hendersons


12:00-1:00 p.m. – Brad Goode Polytonal Quartet
2:00-3:00 p.m. – Space Orphan

Blair Caldwell African American Research Library

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Denver Jazz Club
12:00-1:30 p.m.- Film: “Nina Simone, Love Sorceress”*
1:30-2:30 p.m. – Quirktett
2:00-3:30 p.m.- Film: “Charles Mingus: Triumph of the Underdog”**
3:30-4:30 p.m.- Spherio

715 Club

3:30-4:30 p.m. – Teresa Carroll and the Top Cats
5:00-6:00 p.m. – Dustin Adams Band
6:45-7:45 p.m. – The Utopian Futurist Society
8:30-9:30 p.m. – Freddy Rodriquez and the Jazz Connection