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Monday, April 19, 2004CONTACT:
Lindy Eichenbaum Lent
Five Points Jazz Concert Kicks Off Summer Series
The Mayor’s Office of Art, Culture and Film announced Monday the return of the City Free Concert Series which serves the citizens of Denver with free concerts presenting highly-acclaimed performance groups in Denver parks and venues each summer.
“The City of Denver is pleased to provide varied performance experiences for the community for free and to begin the concert series earlier than ever before,” said Denise Montgomery, director of the Office of Art, Culture and Film.
Five Points Jazz – a free concert in Sonny Lawson Park (located at the corner of Park Avenue and Welton Street) near the Blair Caldwell African American Research Library in the Five Points neighborhood – will launch the series on Sunday, April 25, 2004 at 2:00 pm – 5.30p.m. Five Points Jazz will be Denver’s way of helping the recording industry celebrate National Jazz Month with an afternoon, open-air concert featuring three popular Denver jazz bands - Mood Express lead by Ervin Lucero, Denver Jazz Orchestra lead by Samuel Bivens and Purnell Steen’s Le Jazz Machine.
“We are grateful to have support from the recording industry’s Music Performance Fund for this endeavor,” Montgomery stated. The concert will be dedicated to the memory of community leader Ottawa Harris, an avid music and arts lover who passed away in February 2004.
“Bringing high quality live jazz experiences to the citizens for free is at the core of the Fund’s goals,” said Hank Troy of the Denver Music Association, who serves as the local liaison for the Music Performance Fund. “We are pleased to be launching the city’s summer series with this concert and to be working with these talented musicians and dedicated community partners.”
“I am pleased to have this event taking place in our district,” said City Council President Elbra Wedgeworth, whose office has been involved in the planning for the event. “I encourage citizens from all over Denver to join us with their friends and families, blankets and picnics in Five Points to enjoy this afternoon of Jazz.”
This effort is the result of collaboration among City departments and community groups, including: the Black American West Museum and Heritage Center, KUVO, the Blair Caldwell African American Research Library, Denver Musicians Association, Denver Parks and Recreation, Historic Five Points Arts and Cultural District, The Five Points Business Association, the Colorado Symphony, and Colorado Ballet to name a few.
As the summer progresses, the series will offer a Latino-based concert and a dance concert in addition to the usual symphonic evenings. The park locations for this summer will be Sloan’s Lake Park, City Park and Red Rocks Amphitheatre. A detailed schedule of the entire series will be released in the near future and will be posted on the city’s Web site at www.denvergov.org/artculturefilm
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