Announcing the 2018-19 DJC Youth All-Star Auditions

THE DJC YOUTH ALL-STARS ARE LOOKING FOR DEDICATED HIGH SCHOOL CLARINET, TENOR SAX, TRUMPET, TROMBONE, PIANO, AND GUITAR OR BANJO PLAYERS! 

THE AUDITION MUSIC AND RECORDING HAVE NOW BEEN POSTED AT: http://bandresourcesunlimited.com/downloads/.

WHEN WILL AUDITIONS TAKE PLACE? Sunday (6:30-9pm), March 25th, and Sunday, April 8th (6:30-9pm), at Denver Percussion (7399 S. Tucson Way, Suite B2, Centennial).

WHAT EXPERIENCE IS NEEDED? Intermediate to advanced jazz experience is preferred.

MONTHLY CLINICIANS: Retired UC-Denver Music Professor Bill Clark, tuba player/leader of the Queen City Jazz Band, is a regular clinician. Additional professional jazz musicians do clinics from time to time as well.

REHEARSALS: Weekly rehearsals take place at Denver Percussion, from 6:30 until 9:00 pm, each Sunday. Some rehearsals will take place earlier on Sundays, when necessary.

PERFORMANCE GIGS? We feature our band during each monthly Denver Jazz Club session, professional jazz festivals, and performance gigs throughout the area. The Youth All-Stars will be performing at the 2018 Evergreen, Denver Vintage, and Sacramento, California Hot Jazz Jubilee Festivals!

SCHOOL CONFLICTS? No performances or rehearsals conflict with school activities.

COST: Each selected student will be required to become a member of the Denver Jazz Club ($10 yearly fee). The monthly dues (4 weekly sessions) run $140, and are payable at the start of each month. Due to the invitation to perform in the 2018 Sacramento, California Hot Jazz Jubilee, over Labor Day Weekend (8/31/18-9/3/18), each selected student will need to pay their $274 airfare by April 30th so the plane tickets can be ordered at this lower fare. The remaining balance of the trip ($331) will be prorated monthly, through July (meals and hotel).

WILL PAID GIGS REDUCE FUTURE TRIP COSTS? Starting on August 1st, any money the band is paid will go towards future trip expenses.

MORE INFORMATION & AUDITION SCHEDULING: ecan11@msn.com or 303-328-7277. Ed’s complete resume, audition music, and audition recordings can be found at: www.bandresourcesunlimited.com. Please complete the Pre-Audition Contract and Audition Registration Form in advance. Additional information can be found at: http://youthallstars.denverjazzclub.com/.

DJC YOUTH ALL-STARS WITH THE QUEEN CITY JAZZ BAND AT EL RANCHO BREWING COMPANY (EVERGREEN) ON SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25TH

February 18, 2018 Mardi Gras Celebration for Queen City Jazz Band’s 60th Anniversary with Special Guest Eddie Erickson

The Queen City Jazz Band will be celebrating their 60th anniversary on the Sunday, February 18th Denver Jazz Club Mardi Gras Session at Westminster Elks Club (3850 Elk Drive). Banjo artist and vocalist, Eddie Erickson will be performing throughout the day! 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 Eddie Erickson is an extremely entertaining musician! 

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.

January/February Denver Jazz Club Newsletter is Now Available for Download

The January/February 2018 Denver Jazz Club Newsletter is now available for download.

There is info on the January 21st performance of Joe Smith and the Spicy Pickles Jazz Band, and the February 18th Guest Artist performance of banjoist, guitarist, singer and entertainer Eddie Erickson with the Queen City Jazz Band, celebrating their 60th Anniversary Mardi Gras Celebration. The Denver Jazz Club Youth All-Stars and the UC Denver Claim Jumpers will also be performing with Eddie on the 18th.

Jan-Feb 2018 DJC Newsletter

You will find columns by Walt Hewitt, Peter Robinson, Casey Hayes and John Sobott. There is also a listing of the contributors to the DJC Youth All-Stars, in memory of Jim Hurlbut, along with an announcement of some of the youth musicians being selected to All State and All Jeffco County Jazz Band. An entire page of December 17th DJC Holiday Potluck photos, from Susie Reisser, is included.

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Sunday, January 21st Denver Jazz Club Session to Feature Joe Smith and the Spicy Pickles

The very entertaining Joe Smith and the Spicy Pickles will be featured at the Sunday, January 21st 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 five years! They were a big hit for the club the last 2 years!!

The UC Denver Claim Jumpers perform starting at 1:30pm, followed by sets played by the Spicy Pickles. The Denver Jazz Club Youth All-Stars will perform around 4pm.