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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. 

We will be celebrating our 60th anniversary in 2018.  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.  The old Dixieland styles of Louis Armstrong and Bessie Smith will never be out of date and we are well known for playing early jazz with energy and respect.  We also know that our future and the future of our music depends on attracting new audiences and younger audiences.



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Coming Up



Great News:  We have been invited to "America's Classic Jazz Festival" in Olympia, Washington.  The dates are June 22, 23, 24 and 25.  Reserve a hotel room early and join us in the great Northwest.

November 9
Mercury Cafe
We are seeing more and more of our fans dancing and listening at the iconic Mercury Cafe.  Try it!

November 20
Evergreen United Methodist Church

We will be recording some of our new tunes a Notably Fine Audio on November 21 and 28.  Watch for new downloads soon.

December 11
Mercury Cafe
This holiday addition is always a lot of fun--join us and dance or listen.

FYI
December 18 is TubaChristmas at 1:00 PM in Skyline Park near the Clock Tower.

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