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  The jazz roots styles of Louis Armstrong and Bessie Smith will never be out of date and we are well known for playing early jazz with energy and respect.  


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Coming Up

 

Breaking News:

QCJB Invited to Sun Coast Jazz Festival

November 16-18, Clearwater Beach, Florida

Make your plans now to go south.

 

 

 

Note:  We will not be at El Rancho the Forth Sunday in May

 

May 5

We will be at DCPA for the premier Derby Party in Denver.

Check their website and don't miss the fun.

 

May 13

Mercury Cafe

 

May 26

Crown Hill Cemetery

6:00 PM until dark and then fireworks

A terrific venue for a special concert honoring our armed forces.

 

May 27

No El Rancho this month cuz . . .

May 27

Reshaven Cemetery in Ft. Collins

7:00 PM until fireworks at dark

We again honor our armed forces at this concert.

June 10

Mercury Cafe

Special Guest is Professor Moses

 

June 24

El Rancho

Special 60th Anniversary Guest Mark Janicki