Dixieland jazz and razzmatazz is coming to the Goodland High School Auditorium, Sunday, Sept. 15 at 2 p.m. MDT (3 p.m. CDT). Sponsored by the Western Plains Arts Association, admission is by WPAA season ticket or adults $20, students $10, at the door. The second of WPAA’s 50th anniversary season performance is made possible through the generous support of area businesses and individual donors, including a special grant from the Dane Hansen Memorial Foundation, Logan, Kan.
Headquartered in Denver, Colo., the Queen City Jazz Band has delighted audiences since 1958, with traditional, swing, ragtime, and Dixieland-style jazz, as well as blues and spirituals. A chemist at Golden’s Coors Brewery, Harney Peterson, organized the band for his weekly traditional jazz program on KFML radio.
The QCJB has been featured at jazz festivals from Florida to British Columbia and has toured Europe. They have produced dozens of recordings and are regularly guest artists with all the major regional symphony orchestras and concert bands. The current band excels in entertaining listeners of all ages with the music of the early master of blues jazz like Bessie Smith and Louis Armstrong along with the great sounds of the “Second Line” straight from Bourbon Street in New Orleans.
Most of the music presents audiences with the happy sounds of the 20s, 30s and 40s era. The QCJB has performed at every major Dixieland and swing jazz festival in North America. They faithfully recreate the music of Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Jelly Roll Morton, Scott Joplin, Bix Beiderbecke, Wilbur DeParis, Turk Murphy and many others.
The band’s busy schedule abounds with weddings, worship services, educational clinics, fundraisers and major parties. Each year they are featured at the Evergreen Jazz Festival in Evergreen, Colo. Over the years the band has recorded many of their best songs.
Lev Ropes, artistic director, West Side Live! Presents, writes: “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.”
Current band members are: Wende Harston, singer, Bill Clark-tuba/leader, Kevin Bollinger-trumpet, Eric Staffeldt-trombone, John Bredenberg-reeds, Hank Troy-piano, Rory Thomas-banjo and Tony Pantelis-drums.