The Queen City Jazz Band will be featured on the Sunday, February 19th Denver Jazz Club Mardi Gras Session at Westminster Elks Club (3850 Elk Drive). This band has been playing Mardi Gras music for nearly 60 years! Leader Bill Clark plays tuba, with Kevin Bollinger, trumpet; John Bredenberg, reeds; Eric Staffeldt, trombone; Hank Troy, piano; Rory Thomas, banjo; Tony Pantelis, drums; and singer Wende Harston. Don’t miss this very special event!
Guest artist Clint Baker is an extremely versatile musician. He performs on trumpet/cornet, trombone, clarinet, guitar, banjo, tuba, string bass and drums!!
There will be complimentary Louisiana-style gumbo, and the club will even supply the beads! Performances will take place from 1:30 until 5pm, with the Denver Jazz Club Youth All-Stars and the UC Denver Claim Jumpers alternating on abbreviated sets during the breaks of the Queen City Jazz Band.
The January/February 2017 Denver Jazz Club Newsletter is now available for download.
There is info on the January 15th performance of Joe Smith and the Spicy Pickles Jazz Band, and the February 19th Mardi Gras with the Queen City Jazz Band and Guest Artist Clint Baker.
Jan-Feb 2017 DJC Newsletter
You will find columns by Walt Hewitt, Peter Robinson and John Sobott. There is info on the upcoming 53rd Annual Mile High Jazz Festival, the DJC Youth All-Stars Summer European Concert Tour, a listing of contributors to the DJC Youth All-Stars over the last 7 1/2 years, an announcement of the passing of Juanita Frederickson, and an update on Earl Bennett.
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The very entertaining Joe Smith and the Spicy Pickles will be featured at the Sunday, January 15th Denver Jazz Club Session, from 1:30 to 5pm, at Westminster Elks Lodge. This Denver based vintage jazz band is dedicated to revitalizing swing music and dance. They play big band swing from the late 30’s and early 40’s. Their influences include Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Louis Armstrong, Lucky Millinder and Jimmie Lunceford. Trumpet player and vocalist Joe Smith started the band in January of 2013 to give dancers live music to swing out to. Come see what the younger generation of swing dancers have been hip to for the last four years! They were a big hit for the club last year!!
The UC Denver Claim Jumpers perform starting at 1:30pm, followed by sets played by the Spicy Pickles.
Be sure to attend the Sunday, December 18th Denver Jazz Club Session at the Westminster Elks Lodge from 1:30 until 5:00pm! The Hot Tomatoes Dance Orchestra will be the featured performance group. It’s a nine piece big band that specializes in swing, dance music, and big band jazz, at home with music for dancers and listeners, playing everything from R & B to Sinatra. They are fantastic, so don’t miss it! The UCD Claim Jumpers perform at 1:30pm, and there will also be a performance by our very own Denver Jazz Club Youth All-Stars at approximately 4:00pm. This is the club’s annual holiday potluck, so everyone is asked to provide an entree, salad, appetizer or dessert to share. Admission is $10.00 per person for this special event.
The Poudre River Irregulars will be playing New Orleans and Dixieland jazz for the DJC in November. Noted for their exuberant energy and sound musicianship, they draw much of their inspiration from Louis Armstrong and Jelly Roll Morton, but play a wide variety of traditional jazz, from ragtime through the classics of the twenties and thirties up to early swing. Whatever they play, their music is always upbeat and joyful. Founder Bob Cooke retired in 2010, and the band’s current “regular irregulars” include leader Len Kellogg, trombone; Dave Dale, bass; Oscar DeZoto, drums; Ray Leake, piano; Charlie Smith and/or Larry Lagerberg, trumpet; Rory Thomas, banjo; and Clark Burnside, clarinet.
Where, when, how much: Denver Jazz Club, 2:00–5:00 PM Sunday, November 20 (UCD Claim Jumpers play at 1:30PM). • Westminster Elks Club, 3850 Elk Drive • Admission is $8 for members of any jazz club, $10 for anyone who isn’t a jazz club member, free for age 12 and younger. The Denver Jazz Club Youth All-Stars also perform around 4pm.