Jazz fest back in Westminster

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The Jazz and Art Festival in historic Westminster will attract people from all over the north metro area for a day of smooth music and creative art.

With more than 1,000 people attended last year.

This year’s festival will run from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, at the Hidden Lake High School athletic field, 72nd Avenue and Lowell Boulevard, and will feature a line-up of well-established jazz musicians and a variety of art, food and business vendors.

Starting the day will be local jazz musician and festival organizer Eric Trujillo.

Last year, with the help of friends, colleagues and fellow musicians, Trujillo, who is also the owner of Mi Vida Strings, brought his passion for jazz to the community of Westminster for the first festival.

After hearing positive feedback, Trujillo says all of his efforts are paying off.

“So many people are excited about this year, it’s been really great,” he said. “Last year we knew we put together a great show, and this year is no different. We have Grammy-nominated jazz musicians.”

Following Trujillo on the line-up is the Maria D. Lopez with the Manny Lopez Latin Jazz Trio, Lionel Young, Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts and Nelson Rangell throughout the rest of the day.

Jazz music is just portion of the festival. Many artists will head out to the festival and put their work on display for the community. Becky Silver, owner of Aar River Gallery in Westminster, said in years past, the community enjoyed an art festival, but now with the addition of music, the Jazz and Art Festival is really becoming a place artists enjoy.

“Last year I had artists tell me the Jazz Festival was the best festival they had in the area,” she said. “We’ll have artists showcasing a variety of things, like jewelry and paintings. It’s just a great opportunity for people in the north metro area to get a free jazz festival and check out great art without having to drive a long distance.”

In addition to the festival, the 2nd Saturday Art Walk will take place until 8 p.m. on 72nd and 73rd avenues.

People can check out local art galleries on then walk.

For more information, visit www.historicwestminsterjazzfest.com.