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 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.
QCJB Receives Best of Longmont Award
(See the Press Release below uner Testimonials)
The LA Jazz Times just gave us a great review in their May issue!
The American Rag just reviewed our latest recording and we earned an A+.
Read these reviews under Testimonials below.
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TestimonialsFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Queen City Jazz Band Receives 2013 Best of Longmont Award
Longmont Award Program Honors the Achievement
LONGMONT September 3, 2013 -- Queen City Jazz Band has been selected for
the 2013 Best of Longmont Award in the Orchestras, Symphonies & Bands
category by the Longmont Award Program.
Each year, the Longmont Award Program identifies companies that we
believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local
community and business category. These are local companies that enhance
the positive image of small business through service to their customers
and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Longmont
area a great place to live, work and play.
Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the
winners in each category. The 2013 Longmont Award Program focuses on
quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information
gathered both internally by the Longmont Award Program and data provided
by third parties.
About Longmont Award Program
The Longmont Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the
achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the
Longmont area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown
the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to
generate competitive advantages and long-term value.
The Longmont Award Program was established to recognize the best of
local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively
with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and
other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to
recognize the small business community's contributions to the U.S. economy.
SOURCE: Longmont Award Program
Longmont Award Program
Review of "Flyin' with the Queen City Jazz Band" by Harvey Barkan--LA Jazz Times, May 2013
Don’t mess with Mom’s apple pie! If Mom was a great cook, why would
you want to change her recipe for that wonderful apple pie? In a sense, that’s
what the Queen City Jazz Band says about the music of the great jazz period
of the 1920s and ‘30s. "Our music is what is has always been--homage to the
masters of the jazz age. The QCJB is a musical museum," is a
self-description that I think incorrectly implies a stuffiness and stiffness. Not so in
my book; this band is very alive and vital, playing even with a flowing
lightness and a snap in the right places. If names like Hoagy Carmichael, W. C.
Handy, Louis Armstrong, Bessie Smith, Jelly Roll Morton, and Bix you-know-who
mean something to you, then this CD is meant for you! Certainly they were
masters of the Jazz Age, and this band uses their work, with reverence, to
pattern the QCJB presentations, but they take pride in their own
interpretations of the masters, as well. They play with an ensemble cohesiveness that is
unsurpassed, a benefit of staying and playing together for over half a
century! This band is the real-deal, their enthusiasm and love for traditional
jazz is right out front to share with others of a like-mind.
Of the 16 selections playing for over 65 minutes on the Flyin’ With The Queen City Jazz Band CD,
only one was not a product of the 1920s and ’30s. Especially moving is the
QCJB rendition of "I’ll Fly Away," with an energized gospel-like spirited vocal
by Wende Harston, and driving percussion that motivates your feet to march
you around the room or dance floor, as clarinet and tuba come in at just
the right times melodically. "Limehouse Blues" is played in an upbeat
arrangement that features the extraordinary banjo playing of Rory Thomas. Other
tunes are: "Rhythm King," "Deep Henderson," "Lulu’s Back In Town," "Dream A
Little Dream Of Me," "Buddy’s Habits," "Lazy River," "Lock And Key," "Jubilee,"
"Lazybones," "Chantez les Bas," "Bogalusa Strut," "Lotus Blossom," "Fifty
Miles Of Elbow Room," and the1968 mega-hit, "Wonderful World," knowing that
it’s associated with Louis Armstrong and nobody does Louis quite like Louis,
it is done with reverence that they dare to record the gorgeous song, hoping
you’ll enjoy Wende’s rendition.
The Queen City Jazz Band member are: Bill Clark (bandleader and tuba),
Kevin Bollinger (trumpet), John Bredenberg (clarinet, tenor sax, vocals),
Wende Harston (vocals), Tony Pantelis (drums and cymbals), Eric Staffeldt
(trombone and arranger), Rory Thomas (banjo), and Hank Troy (piano). The
musicianship is faultless, and the closer you listen, the more you realize there is
to hear within the support of the lead instruments. The vocals have an
understanding depth of the message and convey it, as Wende does a first rate
performance every time. This level of consistency and quality doesn’t happen by
chance. The motivation, talent, and desire to do it well has created a 55
year legacy that continues to keep The Queen City Jazz Band so admired.
Flyin’ With The Queen City Jazz Band CD can be ordered by phone from
303-795-8960, or from www.queencityjazzband.com.
Review of “Flyin’ with the Queen City Jazz Band” by Cam Miller in the April 8, 2013 American Rag
It’s been 54 years since Alan Frederickson’s Queen City Jazz Band first let the jazz world know there are new kids on the block in Denver, ready to spread trad sounds throughout the Colorado Rockies and elsewhere. To say they succeeded would be a gross understatement.
Frederickson, who died three years ago, stepped aside as the QCJB leader in 1070 and the current leader, tubist Bill Clark, has maintained the band’s mission “to pay homage to the masters of the jazz age” or to serve as a musical museum. Nothing could be a better representation of their goal than the band’s newest recording that also serves as an introduction to trumpeter Kevin Bollinger and timekeeper Tony Pantelis, replacements for John Bartmann [recently deceased] and Marl Shanahan now retired.
The disc has been in the planning stage for several years and it reflects Clark’s attention to detail, ranging from the crystal-clean recording procedure to the informative liner notes.
As for the song list, it’s a delightful mix of such traddies, such as the often overlooked “Deep Henderson,” “Buddy’s Habits” with a tasty trombone contribution by Eric Staffeldt, “Bogalusa Strut” that begins with a street beat followed by Bollingers’s swinging entry into the final chorus.
Vocalist Wende Harston, a one-in-a-million do-it-all vocalist, demonstrates her versatility and the band does the same by taking a stroll down Broadway with “Lu Lu’s Back in Town,” a past pop hit, Dream a Little Dream of Me,” a particularly warm take of the ballad, “Lazy Bones” that’s embellished by Bainbridge’s [Bredenberg’s] reed work; a serious shot at “I’ll Fly Away” that the band swings for the out chorus and a heartfelt take of “Wonderful World.”
However, not even Harston can save the dreary “Lotus Blossom,” a song in search of a listenable melody. But a rousing “Limehouse Blues,” a feature for banjo man Rory Thomas, and an all-flags-flying ensemble on “Fifty Miles of Elbow Room,” with solos by pianist Hank Troy, Bainbridge [Bredenberg], Thomas, Harston and Staffeldt and a vocal chorus by the entire band that closes out the joyous church-going Gospel.
From Paul Koenig—Dundee Presbyterian Church in Omaha
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!!
The Arc "Gets Jazzed" Anthology of Jazz II a Success!
It may have been cold and damp outside, but inside the music was hot! Nearly 300 people gathered together last Thursday evening to celebrate 50 years of The Arc. Dez Rubano & Friends warmed up the crowd with some pre-concert music in the lobby. Queen City Jazz Band kicked off the concert with their New Orleans-style jazz and immediately had people smiling and tapping their feet.
Stephanie Lubken Music Teacher Heritage Elementary School
The Queen City Band was fantastic! What a fun, authentic experience for children of all ages. The music was wonderful and included a wide variety of songs. The interaction the band had with the kids was not only instructional, but entertaining, too. All of the members of the group are very talented and seemed to enjoy working with children. They were all very down to earth and you could tell that they really enjoy what they do.
Lev Ropes, Artistic Director, West Side Live! Presents
The QCJB is always a delight to have in our concert series. They present a variety of fine jazz along with information about composers, eras, and performers that adds even more to our audiences' listening pleasure. Great fun, lively, instrumental and vocal music that fills our house. We love 'em.
Pam Geddes, First Church of Divine Science, Denver
On behalf of the 100 people who were at church on Sunday, I would like to thank the band for a stellar performance! Everyone loves Easter because you're there. It truly makes Easter the joyous occasion it's supposed to be.
Let us continue the tradition! A glorious spring to you all.
Laurie Christian, Music Specialist, Field Elementary School, Littleton, Colorado
Thank you for some great music and fun!!!!!