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Uniquely Utah: Joe McQueen is Utah’s original jazz man

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Posted at 10:15 PM, Nov 09, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-10 17:26:17-05

Joe McQueen is Utah's original jazz man.

He arrived in Utah long before the basketball team. It was In December of 1945 to be exact.

Joe was traveling with a Jazz band that'd been booked to play a club in Ogden. The band unexpectedly disbanded, but Joe decided to stick around.

He's entertained countless people ever since. He's played at nearly every club on Ogden's historic 25th street...back before it was historic.

Not only did Joe play at the legendary Porters and Waiter's Club, an early gathering place for Utah's African American community, he darn near invented it. To be more accurate, he suggested the idea to the building's owner and the club was born.

Now, Joe is legendary himself, playing into his 90s, and having played with many of the greats over the years.

To learn more about Joe or when and where to see him play next, check out his Facebook Page: The Legendary Joe McQueen Quartet.

And if you are interested and able to help the quartet reach their financial goals to finish their record, please look for the Legendary Joe McQueen Quartet on Kickstarter.