Five Points Jazz Festival

FIVE POINTS JAZZ FESTIVAL IS GOING VIRTUAL SATURDAY, MAY 16, ON RMPBS, KUVO JAZZ, AND ONLINE

Denver Arts & Venues and Rocky Mountain Public Media and its television and radio brands, RMPBS, KUVO JAZZ, and THE DROP are hosting a “virtual” Five Points Jazz Festival (5PJF) on May 16th, 2020.

The TV and radio special is a celebration of the art and culture of Five Points, and uplifting experience for viewers and listeners across the state and country.

View more information on the Five Points Jazz Festival homepage.

FIVE POINTS JAZZ VIRTUAL FESTIVAL
MAY 16, 2020

WATCH:
6-8pm on Rocky Mountain PBS broadcast and Facebook Live.

LISTEN:
8-10pm on KUVO JAZZ, 89.3 FM.

ON-DEMAND:
From Denver Arts & Venues.

Festival Hosts

Tamara Banks
Journalist and filmmaker

Emmy Award-winning journalist Tamara Banks lives her motto: “One Person Can Make a Difference.” Banks is a freelance TV journalist, talk show host and documentary filmmaker, focusing on social justice, and dedicated to creating transformative social change through excellence in journalism. Her areas of expertise include social justice and political issues across the U.S. and internationally, particularly in South Sudan and Darfur.

 

Carlos Lando
General Manager, KUVO JAZZ

Carlos’s involvement in radio dates back more than 50 years. Carlos joined KUVO in 1987. As Program Director, he helped establish KUVO as one of the most respected community-based jazz stations in the country. He remains committed to airing culturally diverse programs with significant appeal to people in the Latino and African American communities.

Carlos was a recipient of the Five Points Jazz Festival Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017.

 

Arturo Gómez
Jazz with Arturo Gómez, Weekdays at Noon

Arturo has been part of KUVO JAZZ for over 18 years. Arturo considers himself fortunate to have been raised in a bilingual music household where his mom listened to Cuban and Latin music while his dad was a fan of pop music and jazz. Spending his adolescent years in the Bronx, he was exposed to a wide array of R ‘n B, soul and Top 40 music.

Arturo has been a volunteer-member of the Five Points Jazz Festival organizing committee since 2004.

 

Nikki Swarn (a.k.a. Amerykah Jones)
Content/Program Director, THE DROP

Nikki is a powerhouse that commands attention and inspires with her energetic personality and deep passion for music, culture, fashion, travel and great food. Over the past 10 years, Amerykah Jones has been an on-air personality in our community for Hip Hop, Sports, Top 40, and everything in between. You can catch her feeling the pulse and vibe of our community at various historic music venues in Colorado.


Artists

JoFoKe aNem
The music of JoFoKe aNem is an unique and eclectic blend of jazz and soul with influences from around the world.

 

 

CCJA Jazz Arts Messengers
The Jazz Arts Messengers are the premiere high school ensemble of the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts.

 

 

 

 

Venus Cruz & The 5 Pointers
Improvisation, a soulful delivery and an ability to transcend genres are always part of Venus Cruz’ musical approach. Venus’ voice is recognized as the host of Jazz Odyssey Wednesday nights at 10pm on KUVO 89.3.

 

 

 

 

 

Ben Markley Big Band
Ben Markley, a jazz pianist, composer and arranger, is an active performer along the front range. He can be seen regularly in Ft. Collins as part of the Subterranean jazz trio at Ace Gillett’s Lounge.

 

 

 

Hazel Miller
For more than three decades, Hazel Miller has been a sought after performer in Colorado, mixing blues and jazz with gospel and soul.

 

 

 

Diane Reeves
Dianne Reeves was the 2018 Monterey Jazz Festival’s Showcase Artist and she is the first woman to receive the Jazz Legends Award.

 

 

 

 

Ritmo Jazz Latino
Ritmo Jazz Latino are a well-seasoned group of gifted musicians who inspire audiences to move to their infectious rhythms and uplifting, poly-rhythmic music.

 

 

 

Ron Miles Quartet
A highly regarded trumpeter, composer, and educator, Ron Miles is a progressive artist with a bent toward harmonically nuanced, genre-bending jazz.

 

 

 

 

Josh Blue
Following his groundbreaking win on NBC’s Last Comic Standing in 2006, comedian Josh Blue has risen through the ranks to become a well-established headliner at venues throughout the world.

 

 

 

Bobby LeFebre
Bobby LeFebre, Poet Laureate for the State of Colorado, is an award-winning writer, performer, and cultural worker from Denver, Colorado.

 

 

 

 

Denver Comedy Lounge
Denver Comedy Lounge showcases local and touring comedians, musicians, and artists.

 

 

 

 

 

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