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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 The old Dixieland styles of Louis Armstrong and Bessie Smith will never be out of date and we are well known for playing early jazz with energy and respect.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.Check Below for Great New Free Music DownloadsFor information about our newest CDs, 'Tis the Season and Walkin' with the King
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A big thank you to about 100 of our great fans who supported us at the Summit Steak House in February and March. We will not be returning in April, however, so watch this space for news about our active search for a monthly club gig.
March and April Events
After a huge February, March is a fairly quiet month for us. This is the perfect time to rehearse and prepare for some very important gigs coming up. Each year at this time we refresh our repertoire.
March 13 at the Mercury Café we will play from 8:00 until 11:00 PM for Denver’s great swing dancers. Come to dance or watch and listen—you will have the time of your life.
On March 20 we will be back at the Summit Steak House in Aurora. This is a very important gig for us because the QCJB needs a public venue where our fans can meet once a month. Last month was a full house, so call Sandy now for a reservation (303 795-8960) and arrive early for the best tables or seats at the bar. Happy hour prices until 7:00 and great food and snacks make this a great evening out. We will set up a little differently this month so you can enjoy a better view of Wende. We will start at 6:00 and the room will be open at 5:00. Our guest this month is Larry Lagerberg who plays great trumpet and sings like bird. Ten-dollar cover will be collected at the door.
Easter Sunday is March 27th and we will be at Althea to welcome spring and celebrate this most significant Christian holiday. We will start before the 10:30 service with a prelude. Come early.
Early in April the QCJB will be joining an incredible concert band, the Colorado Wind Ensemble for two concerts. The first is at Littleton United Methodist Church at 7:30 PM on April 2 and the second is on the Auraria campus on April 3 at 3:00 PM in the beautiful King Center. Google Colorado Wind Ensemble for all the info.
On April 12 the Evergreen Jazz Festival’s very active Education Committee has asked us to help raise funds for its jazz workshop preceding the Evergreen Jazz Festival scheduled for the last weekend in July. We will be at the newly remodeled and reopened El Rancho just up I 70 a few miles past Golden. The donation of $60 includes great food and an evening with the QCJB and will help young people learn a lot about jazz from an amazing faculty. The Evergreen Jazz Festival website is terrific and will help you make plans to attend Colorado’s only traditional jazz festival.
More about April later . . .