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. 

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  The old Dixieland styles of Louis Armstrong and Bessie Smith will never be out of date and we are well known for playing early jazz with energy and respect.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


Bull and Bush Update
 

Our third Sunday tradition will resume on February 21st at 6:30 PM at the Summit Steak House in Aurora, 2700 S Havana, Aurora 80014.
This will be a Goldilocks fit for our musicians and our fans.  Their lounge is just right--holds about 60.  Your table or bar stool will be just right—not too close or too far from the band.  Your listening will also be just right--the only amplification needed will be for Wende.  Just right for the QCJB too--he piano is a grand and the size of the stage is, you guessed it, just right.
The Summit has established a great reputation over the past 38 years for great food and beverages.  (Happy hour prices continue until 7:00.) 


January and February with the Queen City Jazz Band

January 9
What an Honor!
We have been asked to provide "speak easy" music for a thousand revelers to celebrate the grand opening of the Westin Hotel at DIA.  Sorry, this is a private party.

January 10
Mercury Cafe for swing dancing.  Even if you don't dance, you should plan to come to the iconic Mercury Cafe to witness this event.  Food and drinks are top notch.  We are there every second Sunday.

January 17
No Bull and Bush

January 23
The best time to visit downtown Denver is on a Saturday when traffic is light and meters are available.  It's a lot of fun to bundle up and watch the skaters at the Southwest Ice Skating Rink in Skyline and listen to the QCJB.  8:00-10:00 PM

January 29
We will be playing for a private party.

February

On February 7 we will return to the Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church.  Come worship with us in this spacious and friendly sanctuary close to Cherry Creek Dam.

February is Mardi Gras Month and we want everyone to join us at Shepherd of the Hills for our annual concert on February 9th.  There is a dinner preceding and the concert starts at 7:30.  Look for a guest appearance by the exciting college band from UC Denver, the Claim Jumpers.  We gonna have fun.  Go to soth.net for all the information, bring the family and friends for an evening of great fun. 


On February 13 we will be staying in the Mardi Gras mood at concert at Anthem Ranch.

Don't miss the Denver Jazz Clubs gala Mardi Gras party at the Westminster Elks on February 21.  Special food and dancing to the second line beat.  We may have a very special guest from New Orleans--come back to our site for frequent updates!

After the DJC Mardi Gras we will zip over to the Summit Steak House in Aurora.  This is a JUST RIGHT venue for us and you.  Watch this space for information about how to secure a reservation for this great party.


 

 

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