Taking its name from a pivotal Mexican stronghold in the Mexican-American War, El Chapultepec is Denver’s oldest jazz club and has longbeen known as a home for straight ahead jazz in Denver. Many major names in jazz of the past few decades have performed here on their way through Colorado, and it was recently named by Wynton Marsalis (who performed here in his formative years) as one of his top ten jazz clubs in the US. “The Pec”, as it is affectionately called by locals and regulars, is located in the LoDo (Lower Downtown Historic) district of Denver. It has shifted its musical focus to more contemporary R&B and groove-oriented jazz, and expanded to include a second location, Chapultepec Too, in the Highlands area of Denver.
The newer location continues the Pec’s tradition as a haven for more traditional jazz sounds, with regular weekly performances by the Denver Jazz Orchestra, and latin jazz and jam sessions during the week. The weekends feature a rotating schedule of Denver-area performers.
El Chapultepec and El Chapultepec Too Information
- Public Transportation: Poor
- Handicapped Accessibility: Poor (El Chapultepec); Good (Chapultepec Too)
- Performances/Programs: Approximately 150 performances/year at El Chapultepec and 300/year at Chapultepec Too
- Ticket Prices: No cover charge at either location.