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.
June and July with the QCJB
June 6--Hank, John and I will be greeting Rockies fans at Coors Field
June 8--Mercury Cafe
June 15--Bull and Bush
June 20--Big concert at Wheat Ridge Presbyterian Church. This is a fund raiser for a clinic in Zimbabwe.
We will be performing at private events on June 21, 22 and 29.
June 29--We will NOT be at the Bull and Bush, we have rescheduled for July 6.
July 3--Private Party at the YMCA Camp in Estes Park.
July 4--Big celebration near the Evergreen Lake. There will be events all day and we play from noon until 2:30.
July 8--Private Party for the Volunteers at the Denver Zoo. It is not too late to become one of these very important animal lovers!
July10--Free Concert in Loveland at the Foote Lagoon at 7:00 PM. Don't miss our return to this amazing venue. There will be a big crowd, so come early for a prime seat.
July11--7:30 PM, Free Concert at the YMCA Camp in Estes Park. This is one of are oldest associations. Beautiful surrounding and a terrific theater with excellent sound.
July 12--Fund Raiser for the Rocky Ridge Music Camp at their property at the foot of Long's Peak. We start at 11:20 and finish at about 2:40. There will also be terrific student and faculty performances.
July 13--No Mercury Cafe for us.
July 20--A very special night at the Bull and Bush because we will be visited by the Denver Jazz Club Youth All Stars.
July 25, 26 and 27--Colorado's biggest traditional jazz festival in Evergreen. Too much information for this space, so google them. For a small price you can listen to great bands for the U. S. and the Denver area.
July 27--Mercury Cafe for swing dancing.
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!!!!!