In addition to virtual shows, Dazzle Denver helps local musicians through a pantry.

DENVER – In the Dazzle Jazz & Blues Club the stage was suddenly empty. When COVID-19 closed it last year, the club that is considered the heart and soul of jazz music in Denver was silent. Until it wasn’t.

Like many other places, Dazzle started producing virtual shows on social media channels. Unlike most other places, the musicians were mainly paid for by donations from the club’s supporters.

“It is really very important to give artists the opportunity to perform again and to socialize, while this is virtual, but to connect with an audience,” said manager Matt Ruff. “Especially in these times.”

Ruff spoke to 9NEWS from the club’s pantry in the background. Yes, the pantry. That’s the other really cool thing that’s going on there.

The pantry is packed with donated food, from canned goods to cereals to pasta and vegetables.

Manager Dwight Thompson said for many musicians in town the pandemic survival was due to their paying for food or rent. The pantry allows them to get enough food to save money on other expenses.

The pantry is open to all musicians who need help on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. You don’t have to be a jazz musician to participate.

While Dazzle was technically closed, it was actually anything but. The place took a leap between a full schedule with live streams and the food bank. And the staff volunteered to feed the people who feed our souls through music.

> More information about the virtual show schedule and the Dazzle Food Bank.

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