This is Jazz News, a look at what’s news in jazz, music, and the arts.

Another honor for our beloved Charles Burrell, the 103-year-old bassist who is credited with breaking the color line in American symphony orchestras. A new affordable housing condo building in Five Points has been named in his honor. The Burrell is located at 36th and Chestnut Place, on the banks of the South Platte River, by RiNo Art Park, the area broadly known as Five Points.

The 49 units are labeled permanently affordable by Denver’s Office of Housing Stability. One-, two- and three-bedroom condos are restricted to buyers earning at or below 80 percent of the area median income. That puts prices between $205,000 to $328,000.

District 9 Councilman Darrell Watson said the public-private partnership is an example of “combating displacement and establishing stability for generations to come.” Details at The Burrell Denver. (SOURCE:

Announcing the 2024 cohort of artists chosen by New Music USA and the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice, to boost the careers of a class of musicians most underrepresented in jazz – women and non-binary individuals. Each member of this class receives a $10,000 stipend, a one-year performance apprenticeship, promotional support, and a creative mentor.  They are:

  • Singer-pianist Amyra Leon, paired with Chief Adjuah and Lisa Fischer,
  • Singer – composer – educator Christie Dashiell, paired with Carrington and Stefon Harris,
  • Bassist Ciara Moser, paired with Nate Smith and Sheila E.,
  • Drummer Eliza Salem, paired with Ambrose Akinmusire and Cindy Blackman,
  • Bassist Kanoa Mendenhall, paired with Kenny Barron and Genevieve Artadi,
  • Saxophonist Nicole McCabe, paired with Gerald Clayton and Caroline Davis,
  • And pianist Yvonne Rogers, paired with Sara Serpa and Tomeka Reid.

(SOURCE: New Music USA / Next Jazz Legacy)

This is more of a fashion arts story… Calling all sneakerheads (that’s the lovable moniker for those who love and collect athletic footwear)! Denver Arts & Venues has issued an open call for shoe designers to submit original work for their next Cultural Runway show “Click, Clack, Squeak” on June 14. The deadline for shoe designs is May 19.  Details at Arts and Venues, under” Artist Opportunities.” (SOURCE: Arts & Venues Denver / Events Cultural Runway Series)

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