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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. 
The Queen City Jazz Band is Proud to join the 2018 Instrument Drive which places unused musical instruments into the waiting hands of youngsters who cannot afford them.  Do you have such a needed gift?  Hover over HOME and select Instrument Drive for the details.

We are in our 60th Year!
In February we will be celebrating our 60th anniversary.  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 of all ages.  We know that our future and the future of our music depends on attracting new audiences and younger audiences.  The jazz roots styles of Louis Armstrong and Bessie Smith will never be out of date and we are well known for playing early jazz with energy and respect.  

Our clients love us and ask us to come back.  Hover over "What People Say About Us" to read their testimonials.

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National Ink

The Syncopated Times has an article about us in the June issue.  Check out this monthly tabloid all about jazz.




July 13

We have been celebrating with the Walker family at Walker Mowers in Ft. Collins for decades.  They are have a huge party on the weekend of July 13 at their manufacturing plant.   It is a ticketed event and there is a registration fee.  Guests can register at “” and use the discount code:  “Walker-Guest” for a 20% discount off of the ticket price. 


July 22


Two services at Cherry Creek Presbyterian.

A Perfect Morning!


July 22

Fourth Sunday at El Rancho

We are expecting Mark Janicki to join us as part of our 60th Anniversary celebration.  We are now half way through our 61st Year.


July 27, 28 & 29

The fabulous Evergreen Jazz Festival

This is premier trad jazz festival in Colorado and one of the best in the USA.

Old-time good-time bands of various vintage styles chosen by Ed Danielson from KUVO will keep you dancing and smiling for three days. 

"Small Venues/Big Names!"


August 1

Swing Dance at the VFW, 841 Santa Fe Drive--8:00-11:00 PM


August 2--YMCA

Our favorite concert of the year and it is open to the public in a marvelous auditorium at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park.  We start at 7:30. 


August 6

Four members of the QCJB organized by Maurie Walker will be playing esoteric pop culture hits and ragtime at My Brother's Bar starting at 7:30 PM.  This is our only appearance of the year--don't miss out!


August 11

Swinging August Nights

Swing dancing at 2590 North Washington from 5:45 to 8:30.

A Street Dance just like the old days.


August 12

Mercury Cafe--8:00-11:00 PM


August 25

Swing dancing and entertainment at Little Man Ice Cream.

A very hip location with great frozen treats.  We go from 8:00 to 10:00 PM.


August 26

Fourth Sunday

We will be honoring another very successful alumnus, Roger Campbell who is the organizer of After Midnight.  2:00-5:00 PM at our home base, El Rancho.  Come early for a good seat, we are filling the room these days.


August 30

Another milestone private party of one of you great fans--50 years of marriage made a little more exciting by adding old time jazz. 


Having a birthday or important celebration?  Make it special with the Queen City Jazz Band.