Based in the Fort Collins/Loveland area of northern Colorado, the Northern Colorado Traditional Jazz Society –NCTJS – is a group of jazz enthusiasts who enjoy and support traditional and other forms of jazz in this region. Our Society is a Colorado nonprofit corporation governed by a board of directors and run entirely by volunteers.
Our Society was founded in 1995 alongside the Poudre River Irregulars and has supported them ever since. Over the years we've brought a variety of musical events to northern Colorado – local favorites, up-and-coming newcomers, and regional groups – but the Poudre River Irregulars continue to be our main focus. In addition, we actively support traditional jazz programs in our local and regional schools, and often help arrange appearances of their fledgling jazz bands at PRI gigs.
The Irregulars have a long-standing arrangement to play from 4 to 7 pm on the first Friday of every month at Avo's in Fort Collins. These informal concerts always draw a large crowd, often standing-room-only, and our Society members help manage the logistics and ticket-taking. We also help the band with publicity (including a newsletter, emails, and this website), logistics at a variety of their other gigs, and projects such as producing CDs.
We'd love to have you as a member of the Northern Colorado Traditional Jazz Society. When you join, here's what you'll get:
• Our friendly newsletter, The Second Line. Find out what's happening with traditional jazz in this region.
Get a reminder of the time and place of our special concerts, plus:
• Reduced admission to our concerts. Members always get a discount.
• The company of other jazz lovers. Jazz is great fun, and so is rubbing elbows with musicians who play
it and other people who enjoy it.
• An active role in preserving traditional jazz. We work to promote and preserve this kind of jazz in
northern Colorado, and your membership helps us do just that.
The cost is modest: $30 a year for families, $20 for singles, $5 for students. The money is used
to sponsor and promote the kind of music we all enjoy.
For more info, write us at:
Northern Colorado Traditional Jazz Society
P.O. Box 1304
Fort Collins, Colorado 80522
or email our secretary, Fred Smith, at:
What is Traditional Jazz?
At the Northern Colorado Traditional Jazz Society, we are often asked what we mean by "traditional" jazz. Among jazz buffs, this term has a specific meaning. Traditional, or trad jazz as it's often called, is "hot" jazz, tracing its roots back to ragtime and the hot dance music of the 1920s, 1930s, and early 1940s (the "cool" strain of jazz began with bebop in the 1940s). Trad jazz includes forms like ragtime, blues, Dixieland, boogie-woogie, swing, and some big-band music (Duke Ellington and Count Basie, for instance).
This kind of music is far from dead. It's still widely played and is being taught to new, young jazz musicians. Some modern-day players of traditional jazz try to preserve the authentic sounds of the past, but most use it as a starting point to develop their own sounds. The result is a dynamic music scene that includes everything from honkytonk and ragtime to swing-dance revival. The common denominator is the dance beat – this is joyous music, intended for dancing and having a good time, and it continues to attract enthusiastic audiences. Come to a trad jazz concert and see!
Also, here are some samples of our quarterly newsletter the SECOND LINE: