Jill Urbach, singing from time to time with SJJQ since 2008, trained as an actress and singer.  Her first paid singing gig was as a school chorus member on the NBC TV series Saved By the Bell.  Jill first got the bug to sing in a band somewhere around her twenty-first birthday when the singer in a San Francisco nightclub didn’t show due to illness and Jill talked her way into singing with the band.  Motherhood and a few careers later, Jill finally got her wish after relocating to the San Juans.


The San Juan Jazz Quintet

SJJQ, based in Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, Washington State, formed in the early ’90’s plays Jazz standards galore, and bebop, Latin, swing, and original tunes by band member Rich Barker.  Jill Urbach adds her inimitable vocals to many great jazz standards.  We highlight compositions of Cannonball and Nat Adderley, Count Basie, Ray Charles, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Benny Golson, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Charlie Parker, Billy Strayhorn, and many other jazz Greats.  SJJQ music is for listening, dancing, and background.  Don't miss it.... it'll cure what ails you.

To contact SJJQ, call Rich Barker at 360 378 9474, (cell) 298 1968 or email Rich at rdb275@rockisland.com or Dennis at dwillows@u.washington.edu or 360 317 7131.


We enjoy playing for all sorts of private events..... parties, dances, wedding receptions, anniversaries, birthdays ... any excuse for a good time will do.

Most often SJJQ plays in the San Juan Islands but for the right offer, the band might even come to America or Canada!


If you are looking for music for listening, dancing, or mood setting background, SJJQ might be just what you need.  Check out our music samples, or purchase one of our CDs online.

SJJQ’s latest is “San Juan Jazz Quintet - Lite House” recorded live at the RUMOR MILL in Friday Harbor, Washington.  Produced in June, 2012 by Rob Simpson, the CD includes tunes by Horace Silver, Sonny Rollins, Monk, Shearing, Jobim and several others. 

For one of these CDs ($10. + shipping), contact Thor@rockisland.com.  While you are at it, you could ask Thor, who plays bass on the CD, about his latest book, “Feathers - The Evolution of a Natural Miracle” (Reviewed in NYTimes, Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and Nature).




January 8, Life Care Center, 6-7pm

January 29, Life Care Center, 6-7pm

February 16, Rumor Mill, 630-830pm

February 26, 6-7pm  Life Care Center

February 30, Rumor Mill, 630-830pm

March 2, Rumor Mill, 630-830pm

March 8, Rumor Mill, 7-10pm

March 9, Isle Be Wed Show at Brickworks 10am-4pm

March 16, Rumor Mill 630-830pm

March 26, Life Care Center 6-7pm

March 29, Rumor Mill 7-10pm

April 4, Rumor Mill 7-10pm

April 5, Evening - Friday Harbor Yacht Club, Private Event

April 13, 630-830, Rumor Mill

April 27, 630-830pm, Rumor Mill

April 30, 6-7 pm, Life Care Center

May 11, 630-830pm, Rumor Mill

May 25, 7-9 pm, Rumor Mill

May 28, 6-7 pm, Life Care Center

June 8, 7-9 pm, Rumor Mill

June 14, Evening - Jazz at the Labs

June 22, 7-9pm, Rumor Mill

June 25, 6-7 pm, Life Care Center

June 26, 7-8 pm, Roads Scholars, Earthbox

July 6, 7-9 pm, Rumor Mill

July 16, 6-830pm Roche Harbor Resort

July 19, 8-11pm Rumor Mill

July 20, 7-9 pm, Rumor Mill

July 27, 2-4pm, Port of Friday Harbor

July 30, 6-7 pm, Life Care Center

July 31, 7-8 pm, Roads Scholars, Friday Harbor Suites

August 3, 7-9 pm, Rumor Mill

August 9, 6-830pm, Private Party- near Roche Harbor

August 10 4-6 pm  Wedding Party

August 10, 800-1100pm - Wedding at Roche Harbor Resort

August 15, Wedding at Roche Harbor Resort

August 17, 7-9 pm, Rumor Mill

August 27, 6-7 pm, Life Care Center

August 30, 730-1030 pm, Rumor Mill

September 11, 7-8 pm, Roads Scholars, Earthbox

September 14, 7-9 pm, Rumor Mill

September 24, 6-7 pm, Life Care Center

September 25, 7-8 pm, Roads Scholars, Earthbox

September 28, 630-830pm, Rumor Mill

October 11, 730-1030pm RumorMill

October 12, 630-830pm, Rumor Mill

October 26, 630-830pm, Rumor Mill

October 29, 6-7 pm, Life Care Center

November 9, 630-830 pm, Rumor Mill

November 26, 6-7pm, Life Care Center

November 23, 630-830 pm, Rumor Mill

December 7, 630-830 pm, Rumor Mill

December 21, 630-830 pm, Rumor Mill

January 28, 6-7 pm Life Care Center

February 15, 630-830 pm, Rumor Mill

February 25, 6-7pm,Life Care Center

March 1, 630-830pm, Rumor Mill

March 15, 630-830pm, Rumor Mill

March 25, 6-7pm Life Care Center

March 29, 630-830pm Rumor Mill