Welcome

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. 



For information about our new and exciting holiday CD, 'Tis the Season  .  .  .
Hover over HOME above and select 'Tis the Season


GREAT REVIEWS
The LA Jazz Times gave us a great review for our CD "'Flyin' with the Queen City Jazz Band" their May 2014 issue!

The American Rag also reviewed Flyin'  and we earned an A+.
 
Read excerpts from these reviews under Testimonials below.

Latest Clients

I wanted to thank you, Hank, and QCJB for a great performance.  It was well received and I got a lot of very positive feedback.  Thank you so much for your role in making the conference memorable for our many guests.
Frederick R. Rutz, PhD, PE, SE
Assistant Professor
Department of Civil Engineering
University of Colorado Denver


"Many thanks to you and your super QCJB -- you guys certainly lived up to your long-standing reputation as masters of New Orleans Jazz and Blues and providers of great entertainment, perfect for our family fun and fundraising event.
 
David Dennis, Friends of the Fort Collins Symphony"




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Coming Up


April and May with the Queen City Jazz Band


April 5--Celebrate Easter with us and the friendly folks at Althea Center for Engaged Spirituality, 14th and Williams.

April 12--Mercury Cafe for Dancing and great food at this iconic Denver night club.

April 19 is the annual Ron Cope Rent Party that honors the man who graduated from the UC Denver Claim Jumpers to found the Hot Tomatoes.  The Tomatoes, QCJB and the Claim Jumpers will be at the Westminster Elks from 1:30 until 5:00 PM.  The host is the active and friendly Denver Jazz Club.  You don't have to be a member of the DJC or the Elks.

April 19--Following the Ron Cope event follow us to the Bull and Bush.  The inviting bar will be filled with QC fans so come early for a good table.

April 26--Support the great Ft Collins Symphony Orchestra with us at the Ft.  Collins Hilton.  Check their web site for all the information.  We play from 4:00 to 6:00 PM.

May 2--Denver's biggest and best party, the Denver Derby Party, celebrates the spirit of the Kentucky Derby in grand style on the grounds of the DCPA. 

May 10--The Mercury Cafe.  Dance, Dance, Dance to the rhythms of the 20s, 30s and 40s.  We have a special repertoire for this gig, check it out.

May 17--It's the Bull and Bush for great food, craft beers and the best New Orleans style music north of Bogalusa.  The nation's finest high school age band, the Denver Jazz Club Youth All-Stars will be our guests.

May 23--Special patriotic concert followed by fireworks at Crown Hill Memorial Park.  Bring the family.  We perform from 7:00 until 9:00 PM.  There are events all weekend.  Check their site.

May 24--Special repeat performance of our patriotic concert for those of you up north.  Music and fireworks at the Rest Haven Memorial Park in Ft. Collins.  Events all weekend.  We play from 7 until 9 and then Boom, Bam and Sparkle.

May 31--Yipee, another 5th Sunday!  Join the fun at the Bull and Bush.

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Testimonials


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
 
Grade: A+
 
 
 
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
century!  
 
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!!!!!



Marv Brown, Lander, Wyoming 12/11/14
You guys and Wendy did it again!!   I’ve gotten great audience responses from the concert Monday.  People really enjoyed it.  According to our ticket count we had 355 folks in the audience.  Not bad for a little town.



Dear Bill,
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.

Pam


"Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church in Lakewood, CO is proud to say that we have hosted the Queen City Jazz Band for a Concert on "Fat Tuesday" at the beginning of Lent every year for over 20 years.  Each year we are blessed with a large and exhuberant crowd of all ages that look forward to this great night of jazz!  Looking forward to many more years of great music and celebration with Queen City!!"--Betty Graf