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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. 

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  The jazz roots styles of Louis Armstrong and Bessie Smith will never be out of date and we are well known for playing early jazz with energy and respect.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

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.


New Jazz Festival Invitation

Visit the Pacific Northwest in June 2019

Queen City Jazz Band will be featured at America's Classic Jazz Festival from June 27-29

R. I. P, Jean Peterson

Jean and Harney Peterson hosted the QCJB rehearsals for many at their Lakewood home.  They also hosted the early Denver Jazz Club for record listening sessions.  Jeanne was a regular at the Evergreen Festival and we always recognized her from the stage as a major figure in the long history of our band.  We are so grateful to her and for the part she and Harney played as the QCJB emerged in the late 1950s.


November 2-4

Arizona Classic Jazz Festival


November 11--Evergreen United Methodist Church

November 11--Mercury Cafe


November 15-18

Sun Coast Jazz Festival in Clear Water Florida

Attention Denver QCJB fans--If you are attending the Sun Coast Jazz Festival, let's all gather before Wende's Great American Female Singers show on Saturday, November 17 at 11:00 AM.  Perhaps we could all sit together and wear our "God Save the Queen City Jazz Band" Shirts.


November 25

El Rancho featuring Bill Pontarelli on clarinet and Dean Ross on bass for a really swinging Sunday afternoon


December 9--Mercury Cafe


December 21

Educational Program for the students at West Jefferson Middle School


December 23

Special Holiday Show

El Rancho


January 5, 2019

Annual Queen City Patron's Party

email Bill for information