The Denver Jazz Club Youth All-Stars are now in their seventh year of existence. The students are from ten various Denver metropolitan area high schools. The All-Stars perform during breaks of the professional bands at each Denver Jazz Club monthly session. A second sponsor of the band is Kolacny Music Store.
The Denver Jazz Club Youth All-Stars have been featured with numerous professional musicians including: Your Father’s Mustache Band, the Queen City Jazz Band, the Poudre River Irregulars, the 101st Army Colorado Dixieland Jazz Band, the Summit Hot Seven, Big Mama Sue Quartet, Dr.
Bach & the Jazz Practitioners, the Blue Street Jazz Band, the Au Brothers Jazz Band, the Bob Schulz Frisco Jazz Band, Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks, Eddie Erickson, Randy Sandke, Eddie Metz Jr, Jim Fryer, Bria Skonberg, Dennis Lichtman, the Crescent City Katz, the Cocuzzi Courtet, and Bob Draga.
The band performs each year at the Summit, Evergreen, and Sacramento Jazz Festivals. In 2011, they performed in the Montreaux, Switzerland International Jazz Festival, Montreux Meets Brienz Jazz Festival, and in Interlaken Concert Hall. The DJC Youth All-Stars went on to tour to New Orleans in 2012. In 2013, they performed in the Montreux; Assisi, Italy; and Umbria, Italy Jazz Festivals. In July, 2014, the band performed on a concert tour to New York City. Venues included: the Iguana Mexican Restaurant & Dance Lounge, Central Park, Washington Square (Greenwich Village), the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, and the Garage Restaurant and Cafe. The DJC Youth All-Stars performed at the July, 2015 Montreux, Montreux Meets Brienz Jazz Festival, and the Expo in Citta Festival (Milan, Italy). The band recently performed in the 2016 Sacramento Music Festival. They will be performing on a concert tour to New Orleans in August, 2016, including appearances at Preservation Hall, on the Steamboat Natchez, at Fritzel’s European Jazz Club, on the Creole River Queen, and at the Spotted Cat Jazz Club.
2015-16 Band Personnel
Dr. Ed Cannava, Director
Ellington Jenkins, Clarinet/Vocals, Sophomore
Alex Preston, Tenor Sax, Senior
Brent Ingle, Trumpet/Vocals, Senior
Gabby Aragon, Trombone/Vocals, Senior
Mika Smith, Banjo/Vocals, Junior
Ben Thompson, Piano/Vocals, Senior
Ben Husted, Bass, Freshman
Mike Winter, Drums, Junior
Additional 2016-17 Band Personnel Joining Us for This Performance
Spencer Hauck, Tenor Sax, Sophomore
Jon Uchida, Trumpet, Sophomore
Braeden Werdel, Trombone, Junior
Jojo Rita, Piano, Sophomore