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We are the Queen City Jazz Band from Denver, Colorado, USA and we play Dixieland Jazz, New Orleans Jazz, Traditional Jazz, Classic Jazz, Hot Jazz or whatever you call it.  For over fifty-five years the QCJB has been delighting audiences with the happy sounds of the 20s, 30s and 40s—Gospel, Early Jazz, Ragtime, Swing, Blues and Spirituals. We have performed at every major Dixieland/Swing jazz festival in North America. We faithfully recreate the music of Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Jelly Roll Morton, Scott Joplin, Bix Beiderbecke, Wilbur DeParis, Turk Murphy and many others. Our great singer, Wende Harston, brings to life the great hit songs of Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, Ida Cox, Ethel Waters, Alberta Hunter, Helen Humes and many other early blues singers. Wende’s Gospel style is truly inspiring. Our concert performances never fail to delight listeners of all ages.  Our busy schedule abounds with weddings, worship and memorial services, educational clinics, fundraisers and major parties.  If the theme of your event is the Roaring Twenties, Mardi Gras, the Great Gatsby, Prohibition, the Jazz Age, Swing Dancing or Ragtime, we are the band for you. 

We will be celebrating our 60th anniversary in 2018.  In the past ten years, we have added only two new players, but our band has evolved musically in two important ways.  First, we are playing to young adults who pack the dance floors jitterbugging and swing dancing to the music of Louis Jordan, Nellie Lutcher and other pop stars of the 40s and 50s.  Second, the QCJB has embraced old and new second-line styles from the streets of New Orleans.  The music of New Orleans artists like Trombone Shorty and Dr. John and bands like the Rebirth Brass Band and the Treme Brass Band have inspired us to discover new rhythms and melodies that are thrilling our concert and party audiences.  The old Dixieland styles of Louis Armstrong and Bessie Smith will never be out of date and we are well known for playing early jazz with energy and respect.  We also know that our future and the future of our music depends on attracting new audiences and younger audiences.

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Coming Up

May and June Events
May 7 was a bit rainy, but the Denver Derby Party was a sold-out success.  Check out the pictures on line.

May 8 at the Mercury--the band was swinging hard.

May 28--We will play from 6:00 until 9:00 PM at Ollinger Crown Hill.  This is a special event to honor our military and we have a patriotic concert planned.  The location is 7777 West 29th Avenue in Wheatridge, 80033 (on Wadsworth).  They have an indoor space with chairs.  Huge fireworks following our music.  Live up north?  The same program will be repeated in Fort Collins the following night on  .  .  .

May 29--Resthaven Serenity Memorial Park at 8426 S Highway 287. Fort Collins 80525.  The park will be decorated with American Flags and food will be available.  Bring lawn chairs and the family.  This is a great evening culminating with fireworks.

June 17 at 7:30 PM and 18 at 2:00 PM is your opportunity to hear us with the awesome Arvada Chorale at the Arvada Methodist Church, 6750 Carr Street. For this event, have terrific new band/choral arrangements. The Arvada Chorale's new concuctor, Marla Wasson has cooked up a very special concert with the theme Boogie Woogie Jump, so expect swinging Dixie, singing and dancing. 

June 18 will also be our pleasure to join the fun at the 1940s WWII Ear Ball at the Boulder Airport.  This is our first time there and we are thrilled.  We play from 6:15 until 8:15 and the fun starts at 5:00 PM.  This is a huge event--check their website for all the details and make a reservation today.

June 19 is a big celebration at Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church, 10150 East Bellview Avenue, Englewood, 90111.  This energetic congregation is having their annual summer picnic.  I'm sure they would love to see you there.

June 24 is a special event for us as we help the Wheatridge Presbyterian Church raise money for the Lomagundi Clinic in Zimbabwe.  Please visit the site for this clinic to appreciate the critical mission they fulfill.  Our friends at Wheat Ridge Presbyterian will be sure you have a great evening at their outdoor amphitheater. Tasty food is available!

June 25 is our chance to play for the swing dancers at Little Man Ice Cream for Swingin' Saturday's Roaring 20s Night--2620 16th St, Denver 80211.  Kenny Nelson is your host for the evening.  Check their website for all the details and other great summer events.

June 29 we return to YMCA of the Rockies for an evening concert in a great auditorium with excellent sound.  This will be a perfect time to visit a national treasure, Rocky Mountain National Park.  I wish more of our Denver fans would bring the family and rent a cabin at this amazing YMCA facility.  If you do this once you will do it every year-guaranteed!!  Spend the night, or better yet, a few days.  Go to their site for all the details on Colorado's best vacation bargain.

Busy-Huh.  Go to our schedule for information about the rest of our busy summer and check out our Facebook page hosted by Claim Jumper, Kara O'Brien who is doing a great job.


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