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Welcome to Summit Jazz

Summit Jazz Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that presents live jazz in Denver, Colorado, with an emphasis on traditional, classic, New Orleans, swing and mainstream styles of jazz. The best description of the philosophy of this organization is found in its Mission Statement.

SUMMIT JAZZ 2014 is scheduled for September 26-27-28 at the Radisson/Red Lion Southeast, 3155 South Vaughn Way, Aurora CO 80014.

PLEASE NOTE: This is the same hotel as last year but with a different name and the location is the same but the street address has changed.

DIRECTIONS: From Parker Road northbound, merge into the right lane after passing the exit for Hampden Ave. and look for the blue sign for Hotel access. Turn right onto the exit ramp and then make a right at the first traffic light onto Vaughn Way. The hotel entrance is on your left. From Parker Road southbound: Make your first right after the I-225 underpass onto the Vaughn Way/Dam Road exit ramp. Make a right at the traffic light at the bottom of the ramp and proceed under Parker Road on Vaughn Way. The hotel entrance is on your left.

Mission Statement

To foster awareness and appreciation of traditional jazz through public concert performances by internationally recognized artists who have earned their reputation as dedicated exponents of this musical genre. Traditional jazz originated with African-American musicians in New Orleans at the beginning of the twentieth century who evolved a collective improvisational way of playing music that evinced a melding of African and Euro-American musical heritage and incorporated the influences of the blues, ragtime, hymns, marching band music, prison work songs and street vendor shouts of those times. We define contemporary traditional jazz as the music created today by those artists who emulate the collective improvisational approach of the art form's progenitors. Jazz is considered America's only original art form.