Denver Vintage Jazz Festival is THREE days of world-class music held in the Mile-High City of Denver, Colorado and expecting a record crowd of over 600 dancers and listeners.
This early-era throwback party appeal is unrivaled in Denver located in the Denver Performing Arts Complex. Our one-of-a-kind Vintage festival focuses primarily on vintage jazz and blues of the 1930’s & 1940’s. Each venue features a spacious dance floor, and there are swing dance classes available for all levels of dancers from internationally renowned instructors during the daytime hours through our sister event Lindy on the Rocks.
We mix in locals along with top name bands, to help bolster the local music economy, and employ/educate local musicians on playing this style of music.
Tickets now available!
This event is run concurrently with Lindy on the Rocks, and the Hot Night Fusion Weekend, two events focused on dance. An All Access Pass will include dance workshops in swing, blues, tango, and street dance. The All Access Pass ranges from $139-$239 for the full weekend and it is a Fusion Class pay-what-you-can community support system. Your All Access Pass includes all Denver Jazz Festival sessions.
The All Music and Dances Pass will include all music sessions and dances, but WILL NOT include dance classes. The All Music and Dances Pass will be $120 starting July 1st.
Buy All-Access or Music Only Passes for $120!
This event is produced by Denver based non-profit CMDance.
Individual evening passes are on sale through the venue’s ticketing system, tickets run start at $20 per evening.
Buy Individual Evening Tickets!
2019 Featured Bands and All-Star Artists:
Jonathan Stout & His Campus 5 ft. Hilary Alexandra
The Campus Five is the nation’s premier swing dance band. Showcasing the small-group sound of the late 1930’s and early 1940’s, the Campus Five is the most danceable swing band anywhere. The 7-piece Campus Five captures the true sound of the Swing-era, with all the energy and excitement that inspired millions to dance. Influences include the Benny Goodman Sextet, Artie Shaw's Grammercy Five, Count Basie's Kansas City Six, and the Harlem-based small groups of Illinois Jacquet, Cootie Williams, Coleman Hawkins, and Hot Lips Page.
Both founders (Hilary and Jonathan) have been dedicated Swing dancers for over 20 years, and the relationship between Swing music and Swing dance informs all aspects of the Campus Five. Song selection, tempo, song length and feel are all chosen with danceability in mind. The Campus Five’s three albums, “Jammin’ the Blues”, “Crazy Rhythm”, and “Moppin’ and Boppin’”, are favorites of Swing DJs and Swing Dance Instructors all over the globe. The Campus Five have been featured at many of the premier Swing dance events around the world, and are known for their unparalleled competition music, which inspires dancers to new heights.
The Campus Five has been featured on ABC's "The Bachelorette" (2016), and on Warner Brothers TV's "Ellen" (2004).
Jonathan Stout and his Rhythm Busters
Jonathan Stout and his Rhythm Busters, featuring Hilary Alexander is the newest band from the Campus Five family, and it focuses on the rollicking sound of big bands of the early 1930's, just prior to the Swing-era. The Rhythm Busters is an 11-piece band that takes the authentic Hot Jazz sound of bands like Jimmie Lunceford, Fletcher Henderson and Chick Webb, and presents them in the most danceable way possible, without sacrificing any of the fire or excitement the Campus Five and Orchestra are known for. The Rhythm Busters were created because promoters wanted another flavor, but one that keeps the unmatched danceability and contest music of our other bands.
The Candy Jacket Jazz Band is comprised of some of the best swing practitioners in the United States. Since forming in 2016, they have successfully forged their own path through the modern day "vintage" jazz scene.The group, led by composer/arranger/drummer - Josh Collazo, prides itself on performing original compositions in a style that is reminiscent of the famous jazz & swing artists of the 1930's & 1940's. Tight arrangements, clever hooks, and a heavy dose of swing allows the bands signature sound to shine brightly through. No carbon copies here though - just solid playing filled with musicality, skill, respect, and deep knowledge of jazz history to build upon. Thanks to a loyal fan base, The Candy Jacket Jazz Band has had the pleasure of performing at many national events, such as Lindy Focus, The International Lindy Hop Championships, DCLX, and The Redwood Coast Music Festival. A few highlights include headlining at The Wiltern Theater (LA), Swingin' at the Savoy (SF), and The 2017 San Diego Jazz Festival.
Jonathan Stout Orchestra featuring Hilary Alexander
The Jonathan Stout Orchestra, featuring Hilary Alexander is the nation’s premier swing dance big band. The 14-piece JSO captures the unmatched excitement and true rhythmic pulse of the Swing-era, and is the most danceable big band anywhere. The band follows the templates of Benny Goodman and Count Basie – orchestras that were aggressive and tight, and filled with all-star soloists that bring the fire on every song, regardless of tempo.
The Orchestra was founded in 2004 after promoters demanded a full big band that was as danceable and exciting as the Campus Five. Jonathan and Hilary responded with a big band that was designed from the outset to be the ultimate swing dance orchestra, and has gone on to become the gold-standard in the swing dance world.
Count Basie Tribute Big Band
Gabe Mervine, Denver local trumpet player, has brought together a special 17 piece orchestra for our festival. They will be playing classic jazz tunes with a special tribute to Count Basie. This one time show is a must see, and showcases many local Denver jazz artists.
Denver Jazz Youth All Stars
The Denver Jazz Club Youth All-Stars were created in 2009 by retired public school music educator Dr. Ed Cannava. Ed was the 22 year Director of Arapahoe High School’s three time Downbeat award-winning Dry Creek Dixie Dawgs.
The All-Stars perform during breaks of the professional bands at each Denver Jazz Club monthly session. The band has been featured with many professional musicians including Bob Draga, Eddie Erickson, Duke Heitger, Dan Levinson, Kris Tokarski, Randy Sandke, Jim Fryer, Bria Skonberg, Eddie Metz, Jr., Dr. Bach and the Jazz Practitioners, the 101st Colorado Army Dixieland Band, the Summit Hot Seven, the Big Mama Sue Quartet, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Your Fathers Mustache Band, the Treme Brass Band, the Crescent Katz, Bob Schulz and the Frisco Jazz Band, the Au Brothers Jazz Band, the Blue Street Jazz Band, the Queen City Jazz Band, and Kristy Reed’s Valley Finest.
More artists and groups are in the works, stay tuned for any updates!
Studio Loft at Ellie Caulkins Opera House
1400 Curtis St. Denver, CO 80202
The Studio Loft is an 8,000 sq ft performance, rehearsal and event space with a cathedral ceiling, exposed brick, warm-colored walls, a 3,000sf wood dance floor. The Studio Loft is located in the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Venue has ample dance space, limited seating, and a bar for you to enjoy the music each evening.
Galleria @ Denver Center for Performing Arts
11301 13th Street, Denver, CO 80202
The Denver Center for Performing Arts Complex has ample space, fine dining, and of course art and music. Afternoon sessions will be held outdoors in between the Galleria theater and the Ellie Caulkins Opera house. There will be limited seating, a dance floor, a bar, and ample jazz for your afternoon.
The Denver Jazz Festival is brought to you by Community-Minded Dance, best known in the Denver area as CMDance.
We rely on our loyal sponsors, partners and our incredible dancers from all over the world to keep our organization intact. With your support we are able to fulfill our mission of building healthy, thriving communities through world-class arts education programs that bring the global culture of both solo and partnered vernacular dancing to Colorado youth and adults.
We encourage your support of cmDance through The Denver Jazz Festival. We sincerely hope you will make a commitment to partner with us in sponsorship of this event which not only strengthens our relationship but will surely add the success of your organization.
Thank you to our loyal sponsors* for over 15 years!
Westerra Credit Union
Hawley Family Foundation
Phelps Family Foundation
Colorado Creative Industries
100s of Colorado Gives Day Donors
*This list is not all inclusive, as we have numerous anonymous sponsors!
Schedule Subject to Change
7:30-8:30pm Drop-in Beginner Swing Lesson
8:30pm Jonathan Stout and his Rhythmbusters
8:00-8:30pm Battle on the Rocks Performance
8:30pm Jonathan Stout & His Campus 5 ft. Hilary Alexander
5:00pm Denver Jazz Youth All Stars (location - Galleria)
6:15pm Count Basie Tribute Big Band (location - Galleria)
9:00pm The Candy Jackets