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 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.
QCJB Receives Best of Longmont Award for the second year in a row
(See the Press Release below under Testimonials)
The LA Jazz Times just gave us a great review in their May issue!
The American Rag just reviewed our latest recording and we earned an A+.
Read excerpts from these reviews under Testimonials below.
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Free Music Downloads: I have just added two new free tunes that you are welcome to download onto your computer. See below.
February, March and April with the QCJB
We just completed our second mixing session for a holiday CD. We now have "Santa Baby", "'Zat You Santa Claus", "The Christmas Song" (Chestnuts Roasting . . .), "Merry Christmas Baby", "Five Pound Box of Money" and "Santa Claus is Coming". In February and March we will continue recording and mixing.
On February 3rd we introduced youngsters to the wonders of jazz at Polton Elementary School in Aurora. The loved it. These school concerts are very important to us and our Foundation needs your contributions. If you could see the wonder in the eyes of these kids you would know why we care so much about this ongoing series. Contact Hank Troy at 303 573-1717 to make a contribution.
On the evening of February 8 we played a concert at the Colorado Music Association’s Founders Hall in Lafayette. This operation is a source of civic pride. Ethan Hecht has built a strong relationship with the community offering music lessons, instrument rentals and a concert series. The house was packed with enthusiastic and knowledgable patrons. We had a great time and will be back in 2016.
February 9—Mercury Café, 8:00 to 11:00 PM for swing dancing.
February 16—The Bull and Bush for the best in craft beer and jazz.
March 4--Private party by the Queen City Quartet from 2:30-4:00 PM at a retirement community in Littleton.
March 4--Big Mardi Gras concert at Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church in Lakewood. This event will feature the UC Denver Claim Jumpers directed by our trombonist, Eric Staffeldt.
March 9--Swing dancing at the Mercury Cafe. If you don't dance, come and listen to a repertoire that you are sure to enjoy and that you won't hear on our other gigs. Watching the Lindy Hoppers is a real joy.
March 16--Jam session open to all at the Bull and Bush. Great food and award winning craft beers.
March 30--This is the 5th Sunday. See you at the Bull.
April 9--We will be entertaining and educating at an elementary school on this morning. We need your support to continue these important opportunities to introduce children to the music of the early 20th Century. Call Hank Troy at 303 573-1717 for information on the Queen City Jazz Foundation.
April 13 will find us rocking with the Lindy Hoppers and Swing Dancers and the unique Mercury Cafe.
April 20 is Easter and we will celebrate with our friends at the First Church of Divine Science. Later we will see you at the Bull and Bush.
April 27 is the annual Ron Cope Rent Party at the Westminster Elks Club at which the Denver Jazz Club celebrates the life of Mr. Cope the founder of the great Hot Tomatoes Dance Orchestra. Ron was also a member of the 1982 national champion Dixie ensemble from UC Denver. All proceeds go to that band for scholarships. The Tomatoes and the QCJB donate their music and there will be a special performance by the UC Denver Claim Jumpers.
For details on all these performances, see our schedule page.
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What reviewers said about our latest recording, “Flyin’ with the Queen City Jazz Band”
Cam Miller (American Rag):
To say they succeeded would be a gross understatement.
. . . Bill Clark, has maintained the band’s mission “to pay homage to the masters of the jazz age” or to serve as a musical museum. Nothing could be a better representation of their goal than the band’s newest recording . . .
Vocalist Wende Harston, a one-in-a-million do-it-all vocalist
Harvey Barkan (American Rag and LA Jazz Times):
. . . this band is very alive and vital, playing even with a flowing lightness and a snap in the right places.
They play with an ensemble cohesiveness that is unsurpassed, a benefit of staying and playing together for over half a
This band is the real-deal, their enthusiasm and love for traditional jazz is right out front to share with others of a like-mind.
The musicianship is faultless, and the closer you listen, the more you realize there is to hear within the support of the lead instruments. The vocals have an understanding depth of the message and convey it, as Wende does a first rate performance every time. This level of consistency and quality doesn’t happen by chance. The motivation, talent, and desire to do it well has created a 55
year legacy that continues to keep The Queen City Jazz Band so admired.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Queen City Jazz Band Receives 2013 Best of Longmont Award
Longmont Award Program Honors the Achievement
LONGMONT September 3, 2013 -- Queen City Jazz Band has been selected for
the 2013 Best of Longmont Award in the Orchestras, Symphonies & Bands
category by the Longmont Award Program.
From Paul Koenig—Dundee Presbyterian Church in Omaha
Please pass on to your band members the Crescendo! Board’s sincere appreciation for their professionalism and showmanship. Thanks again for the marvelous jazz history concert your group presented for us Nov. 6.
Our goal is to fill the sanctuary and have the audience go away happy and that happened in spades!!
The Arc "Gets Jazzed" Anthology of Jazz II a Success!
It may have been cold and damp outside, but inside the music was hot! Nearly 300 people gathered together last Thursday evening to celebrate 50 years of The Arc. Dez Rubano & Friends warmed up the crowd with some pre-concert music in the lobby. Queen City Jazz Band kicked off the concert with their New Orleans-style jazz and immediately had people smiling and tapping their feet.
Stephanie Lubken Music Teacher Heritage Elementary School
The Queen City Band was fantastic! What a fun, authentic experience for children of all ages. The music was wonderful and included a wide variety of songs. The interaction the band had with the kids was not only instructional, but entertaining, too. All of the members of the group are very talented and seemed to enjoy working with children. They were all very down to earth and you could tell that they really enjoy what they do.
Lev Ropes, Artistic Director, West Side Live! Presents
The QCJB is always a delight to have in our concert series. They present a variety of fine jazz along with information about composers, eras, and performers that adds even more to our audiences' listening pleasure. Great fun, lively, instrumental and vocal music that fills our house. We love 'em.
Pam Geddes, First Church of Divine Science, Denver
On behalf of the 100 people who were at church on Sunday, I would like to thank the band for a stellar performance! Everyone loves Easter because you're there. It truly makes Easter the joyous occasion it's supposed to be.
Let us continue the tradition! A glorious spring to you all.
Laurie Christian, Music Specialist, Field Elementary School, Littleton, Colorado
Thank you for some great music and fun!!!!!