Artist applications are open for the return of the Five Points Jazz Festival | Arts & Culture


The organizers of the Five Points Jazz Festival are accepting applications for the annual event, which will return in 2022 after two years of disruption by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The free festival, scheduled for June 4, features local and national jazz musicians to celebrate the cultural history of the Five Points neighborhood.

Applications are accepted for performers until December 30 and for a festival producer until December 17. The performances will last one hour. The producer will help with group and vendor coordination, setup, cleanup, volunteers, licensing, equipment rental, and other work.

The festival, hosted by Denver Arts and Venues, was canceled in 2021 and forced to go virtual in 2020 due to COVID-19.

“After two long years without a physical festival, we are delighted to announce the return of an in-person Five Points Jazz Festival – the first Saturday in June,” said Brooke Dilling, Community Programming Specialist for Denver Arts and Venues. .

Five Points is a historic cultural center in Denver, especially for jazz. From the 1930s to the 1960s, the neighborhood was home to several jazz clubs and venues that hosted legends such as Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Miles Davis.

During this time, the neighborhood was considered the only jazz scene between St. Louis and the West Coast, which earned Five Points the nickname “Harlem of the West.”

Applications for performers are available at artsandvenues.com. Applications for festival producers are available at bidnetdirect.com.


Willie J. Johnson