About Us

Queen City Jazz Band
For More than 55 years Denver’s Premier Jazz Band
Honored by City Councils Mayors Governors


QCJB Specializes In
Early Jazz, Ragtime, Swing, Old Style Blues and Spirituals

QCJB Performs For
Formal Concerts, Educational Presentations, Gospel Services,
Wakes, Weddings and Private Parties

QCB’s Guest Artists
George Segal-banjo and actor
Joe Darensbourg-Played with Louis
Jo Ann Castle-Lawrence Welk Star
Henry Questa-Lawrence Welk Star
Arthur Duncan-Lawrence Welk Star
Dick Hyman
Randy Sandke
Bria Schonberg
Eddie Metz Jr.
Molly O'Brien
Eddie Erickson
The Jazz Incredibles
The Chenille Sisters
Igor's Jazz Cowboys
Yve Evans
Bill Allred
Alan Frederickson & Bob Cooke
Bob Havens
Dan Barrett
Doc Evans

QCJB’s Jazz Festival Invitations
Oude Stijl Jazz Festival, Breda, Netherlands
Evergreen Jazz Festival, Colorado
Clambake Jazz Festival, Oregon
Telluride Jazz Festival, Colorado
Central City Jazz Festival, Colorado
Heritage Square Jazz Festival, Colorado
Monterey Jazz Festival, California
Cedar Basin Jazz Festival, Iowa
SanDiego Jazz Festival, California
Telluride Film Festival-Played with Cab Calloway
Little Apple Jazz Festival, Kansas
Medford Jazz Jubilee, Oregon
Sun Valley Jazz ‘n’ Swing Jubilee, Idaho
Madison Jazz Party, Wisconson
Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, California
San Juan Jazz Festival, Washington
Great Connectiut Jazz Festival
Sun Coast Jazz Festival, Florida
Victoria Jazz Festival, Canada
Also appearances in Switzerland, Germany and Holland



QCJB’s Regularly Scheduled Appearances

Bull and Bush on 3rd and 5th Sundays of Every Month
The Mercury Café on the 2nd Sunday of Every Month



Some of the QCJB’s Repeat Clients
Bull and Bush
Mercury Cafe

Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church-Mardi Gras
Our Father Lutheran Church
Ascension Lutheran Church
St. James Presbyterian Church
Evergreen United Methodist Church
Crown Hill Cemetery—Memorial Day Celebration of Life
Rocky Ridge Music Camp
Riverpointe Retirement Community



QCJB has Shared the Concert Stage
Arvada Center Choral
Black Hills Symphony Orchestra (Rapid City, South Dakota)
Denver Concert Band
Denver Municipal Band
Denver Symphony Orchestra
Evergreen Choral
Evergreen High School Band
Gold Nugget Band
Greeley Philharmonic
Jefferson Symphony Orchestra
Longmont Symphony Orchestra
Mile High Chorus
Mostly Strauss Orchestra
Ogden Symphony Orchestra
Pueblo Symphony Orchestra
Skyline Chorus
Wyoming Symphony Orchestra
 

Gospel Services

Over the years we have joined with hundreds of congregations for their Sunday services. Many of these churches ask us to play with them once a year. Our singer, Wende Harston learned to sing Gospel music in Chicago where she was brought up. Her father was a deacon at the Progressive Baptist Church where the pastor was her God Father. Her mother was the youth choir director at St. Paul’s Baptist. We have recorded two Gospel CDs and add new music all the time.

In addition to services we also present concerts at many churches. What a great way to reach out to your community!

Here is some of the feedback we have received:

Terry Vogt--Evergreen United Methodist Church
"The Queen City Jazz Band has played at the United Methodist Church of Evergreen for the last two years. They are professional, adaptable, and add an incredible dimension to our church service. We look forward to an ongoing relationship with this truly remarkable Dixieland band.

In 2011 we performed such a concert at Dundee Presbyterian Church in Omaha. Here is what that had to say: From Paul Koenig—Dundee Presbyterian Church in Omaha, Nebraska. “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!!“

Here is our repertoire:


Amazing Grace
All God’s Critters Got a Place in the Choir
Ezekeil Saw the Wheel
Fifty Miles of Elbow Room
His Eye is on the Sparrow
Hush, Hush, Somebody’s Calling My Name
I Believe I’ll Testify
I’m So Glad Jesus Lifted Me
Just a Closer Walk with Thee
My Lord What a Morning
Nobody’s Fault But Mind
Ol’ Ark’s a Moverin’
On Revival Day
Peace Be Still
Precious Lord
Precious Memories
Streets Paved With Gold
There’s A Great Change in Me
There’s a Meeting Here Tonight
What a Friend We Have in Jesus
When the Roll is Called Up Yonder
Medley
Old Time Religion
Down By the Riverside
Every Time I Feel
Amen
He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands



In addition to this repertoire, church music directors often hand us copies from their hymnals and we play while Wende leads the congregation.

Orchestra, Band and Choral Concerts

Collaboration

We want to Play with your Band, Orchestra or Choir

The QCJB has commissioned band, orchestra and choir arrangements so we can collaborate with our fellow musicians. We relish the opportunities we have to join with bands, orchestras and choirs to present memorable concerts. Our arrangements range in difficulty from high school to professional level. Our fans are people who go out and do things. Partnering with the QCJB will help you build your fan base.

We have performed with these great organizations
Arvada Center Choral
Black Hills Symphony Orchestra (Rapid City, South Dakota)
Denver Concert Band
Denver Municipal Band
Denver Symphony Orchestra
Evergreen Choral
Evergreen High School Band
Gold Nugget Band
Greeley Philharmonic
Jefferson Symphony Orchestra
Longmont Symphony Orchestra
Mile High Chorus
Mostly Strauss Orchestra
Ogden Symphony Orchestra
Pueblo Symphony Orchestra
Skyline Chorus
Wyoming Symphony Orchestra

Our Repertoire

Arrangements for Orchestra
Deep Henderson
Fickle Fay Creep
Frog-I-Moore
Little Enough
Mojo Strut
Muscrat Ramble
My Honey’s Lovin Arms
Oh By Jingo
Oxford Stomp
Rose Leaf Rag
The Stampeed
Summertime/I Got Plenty of Nothin’
When The Saints Go Marching In

Arrangements for Concert Band
Buddy’s Habits
Emperor Norton’s Hunch
Nagasaka
New Orleans
Oxford Stomp
Von Tilzer Medley

Arrangements for Choir
Changes
Sing You Sinners
Sleepy Time Down South
Plus numerous Gospel arrangements

School Concerts

There is nothing more fun or more important for the QCJB than playing for kids.
We recently performed for the kids at Pleasant View Elementry and here is a sample of the feedback.

This from a Pleasant View Elementary School teacher who understands critical thinking.
Question: Did you enjoy listening to the Queen City Jazz Band at the assembly on Wednesday? Give 3 reasons to support why you enjoyed it or not.

Savannah—“ . . . The music was pretty noisy, but I enjoyed it anyway. . . . This will be a experience that I’ll always remember throughout my life.”

Michael—“ . . . It is awesome that someone made a living playing music. That would be fun and a good way to make money. They made me like jazz.”

John—“I also enjoyed the parts when they were funny, like when one of them mentioned Bach and the other asked who Bach was. . . . I liked goping back in time to when jazz was created . . .”

James—“ . . .f it made me want to dance. . . . I felt like there was not a worry in the worlode. . . . made me happy for the rest of the day. . . . I hope that can come back soon.“

Danny—“I think it was informative because they told us about blues and how it started.”

Chance—“My final reason is thjat they weren’t afraid to go on stage. Tons of people get jitters when they go up in front of people. I get butterflies when I perform whatever in front of, like, 3 people! They must be used to it, I guess.”

Esperanza—“When they were playing their instruments they had rhythm like if they were playing our of their heart.”

Erica—“I didn’t like your music. I loved your music!”

From the Principal: We truly enjoyed having you here—our kids had a great time and learned a lot. Keep Jammin’”—Linda Millard