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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.

Phone: 303-670-3820. Toll Free: 866-768-7444.

SUMMIT JAZZ 2016 is scheduled for September 30, October 1 & 2 at the Radisson Southeast in Denver, CO

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.