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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 sixty 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. 
 
 
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We Have Evolved

 

We celebrated our 60th anniversary in 2018.  In the past twelve years, we have added two new players and our band has evolved 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 musicians like Trombone Shorty, Tuba Skinny 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.  For our younger listeners these two additions to our repertoire are a link to the music of the past.  Our long-time fans can rest assured that our esteem for the legendary jazz styles of Bix Beiderbecke, Louis Armstrong, Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith will never diminish.  Celebrate the new and link to its roots!

 

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Going International

The QCJB's latest Recording, "Jumpin'" is now available for streaming on Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon.  The CD and individual tunes are available for purchase on iTunes.

El Rancho News

Sunday May 26--No

Memorial Day, Monday May 27--Yes

Sunday June 23--No

Sunday July 28--No Attend the Evergreen Jazz Festival

Because they have a conflict we will not be there on Sunday June 23.

Due to the Evergreen Jazz Festival we will not be there on July 28.

 

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We are a busy band!!