CMDance announces Denver Jazz Festival at the Studio Loft of the Ellie Caulkins Opera House

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CMDance will present the Denver Jazz Festival, which runs three nights from Friday, September 17, 2021 through Sunday, September 20, 2021 at the Studio Loft at Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver, CO.

CMDance will host this annual event with live music from the jazz era of the 30s to 40s, featuring nationally renowned jazz artist Charles Turner and his NYC Jazz Band, also along with Joe Smith and the Spicy Pickles Jazz Band with Honeydoo on vocals, a Jazz for Listeners session, cocktails and dance shows.

Charles Turner – The Brooklyn-based singer, songwriter and jazz educator has a pretty impressive repertoire. His critically acclaimed album “Single & In Love” was produced by Grammy Award-winning drummer Ulysses Owens Jr. The Berklee College of Music Graduate has taught at schools such as the American School of Modern Music and NYU, and has recorded interviews with JazzFM and Birdland Jazz Club, to name a few.

Joe Smith and The Spicy Pickles – This group likes to captivate their audiences by incorporating tips and tricks into their performances. The Denver-based band released 2 EPs: “Extra Spicy” and “Rocky Mountain High”, and their albums: “High-Fidelity”, “Blues A Mile High” and “Gin & Moonlight”. The group also won first place at the Seattle Jazz Dance Film Festival with “Movin ‘Groovy”. Their music has been used in the Leo Vegas (Sweden) and Visit Seattle commercials, and in the Cannes Film Festival award-winning film The Killing Of A Sacred Deer.

Joshua Mclean – Alongside our musical talents are our dancing talents, Joshua Mclean and Ana Lisa Sutherland. Mclean is a Lindy Hopper, educator and tradition bearer specializing in Lindy Hop, Charleston and other Swing-Era dances. He has appeared in Paris Jazz Roots, Lindy Focus, Jacob’s Pillow, and The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. He and LaTasha Barnes are the co-founders of the HellaBlackLindyHop performance troupe.

Ana Lisa Sutherland – Sutherland is an instructor, choreographer and performer specializing in Lindy Hop and Swing-Era dances. She recently performed at Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing as a member of Mclean’s HellaBlackLindyHop. Camp Jitterbug 20th Anniversary Jump Show.

See the full list of music on our website: https://www.cmdance.org/events-overview/djf21
Or stop by our sister event featuring the dance https://www.cmdance.org/events-overview/lindyontherocks.

3-day festival tickets start at $ 119. VIP tickets are available with enhanced experiences and on-the-go freebies.

Patrons can support by subscribing to our Jazz Festival Musicians or donating to our School Outreach Program, which directly supports our mission to bring world-class music and dance to Colorado’s youth by encouraging the next generation of performing artists.

Those interested can purchase their ticket and / or donate through our Eventbrite page.

COVID Protocol – All indoor events are currently vaccine-only, and we require the presentation of immunization cards emailed in advance to [email protected] or presented at the door for entry. Masks are also currently mandatory. Free PPE will be readily available. Our team will make hand sanitizers and individual masks available to all participants.

3-day festival tickets start at $ 119. VIP tickets are available with enhanced experiences and on-the-go freebies.

Patrons can support by subscribing to our Jazz Festival Musicians or donating to our School Outreach Program, which directly supports our mission to bring world-class music and dance to Colorado’s youth by encouraging the next generation of performing artists.

Those interested can purchase their ticket and / or donate through our Eventbrite page.

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