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El Chapultepec® Legacy Project partners with Colorado Music Hall of Fame

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Special Kick-Off Event at Dazzle Announced

El Chapultepec Legacy Project announces its partnership with Colorado Music Hall of Fame, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, at a launch event to be held on Sunday, July 21, 2024 at Dazzle in Denver. The concert event, Ode to the Early Days, is a throwback to the straight-ahead be-bop standards that launched the original El Chapultepec’s long tenure as the best jazz club in town. The concert will feature: Tony Black (drums), Geoff Cleveland (keys), John Grigsby (bass), Hugh Ragin (trumpet), and Vince Wiggins (flute) and will include a short program about the goals of the El Chapultepec Legacy Project.

The Krantz family, who operated The Pec® in the iconic 20th and Market Street location, shuttered the doors in 2020. However, in 2023, Angela Guerrero and Anna Diaz, the daughters of late owner Jerry Krantz, launched the El Chapultepec Legacy Project. The project’s mission is keeping quality live music accessible in Denver and providing a space for the multi-generational musical improvisation that made El Chapultepec one of Denver’s most storied jazz and blues venues. “The real magic of The Pec was always in the people and the music. That’s what the Legacy Project is about and that’s also what Colorado Music Hall of Fame is about. This partnership affords the El Chapultepec Legacy Project a lot of new opportunities and allows us to be more transparent and accountable to donors,” says Anna Diaz.

Colorado Music Hall of Fame will be serving as the project’s fiscal sponsor. The National Council of Nonprofits describes a fiscal sponsorship as “a nonprofit organization that provides fiduciary oversight, financial management, and other administrative services to help build the capacity of charitable projects.” Through its fiscal sponsor, El Chapultepec Legacy Project will now be able to accept tax-deductible donations for its project work.

“The Pec was not just an iconic venue for 87 years, but it became the epicenter for the jazz and blues scene in Denver. Its closing was mourned by many. When Colorado Music Hall of Fame was approached to serve as fiscal sponsor of the Legacy Project, our board leadership was eager to support its efforts. The project’s goals to provide accessible live music, while exposing all generations to jazz and blues aligns with The Hall’s mission to celebrate, promote and support Colorado’s music community,” states Karen Radman, Executive Director of Colorado Music Hall of Fame.

The kick-off event will take place on the main stage in Dazzle’s newest incarnation at the Denver Performing Arts Complex. Dazzle has been a steady partner in preserving El Chapultepec’s Legacy, including naming their piano lounge in its honor. El Chapultepec Piano Lounge at Dazzle hosts happy hours and late-night shows.

Ode to the Early Days is July 21st, 6pm at Dazzle, 1080 14th Street, in Denver. Tickets are $20-$30 and are on sale now via Or the direct link For more information about El Chapultepec Legacy Project, visit