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 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.

Marl Shanahan our rock solid drummer for many great years passed on December 14th, 2014.  If there is a public memorial service the information will appear here.

Breaking News

We just released an exciting holiday CD, 'Tis the Season.
Check it out on this site by clicking the title which is just below our picture above!



GREAT REVIEWS
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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Coming Up


December and January with the Queen City Jazz Band

December 8--Lander Wyoming
7:00 PM Concert at Lander Valley HS

December 9--Special concert for the 2nd and 3rd graders at Lander Elementary School

December 14--Mercury Cafe
Join the dancers and hear a whole different QCJB as we play special arrangements for swing dancing.  Great food and unique atmosphere at the iconic Mercury Cafe

December 21--FYI
(Our leader, Bill Clark will be directing some 250 tubas at the annual TubaChristmas concert in Skyline Park at 1:00 PM)

December 21--Bull and Bush
We are all about the holiday spirit for this appearance.

January 3--Skatin' with the QCJB at the ice rink next the to D & F Clock Tower in Skyline Park.
8:00 to 10 PM
This is a great event and the atmosphere will remind you or the old days in downtown Denver.

January 11--Swing dancing and great listening at the Mercury Cafe, 8-11 PM

January 18--The Bull and Bush will be swinging, don't miss it!






 
 

 

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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