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Winter Into Spring Superfine Residency! First Sunday in February, March and April February 5th * March 5th * April 2nd Two sets — 7pm – 9pm NO COVER! Superfine 126 Front St. DUMBO 718 243 9005 From events producer Jan Bell at the Brooklyn Americana Music Festival comes a winter residency to thaw the snow while we wait for spring.  Partnering with Jeff McLaughlin on vocals and guitar, Queen Esther performs Black Americana — country classics, old timey gospel songs, vaudeville blues, original soulful tunes, brand new songs and more — at DUMBO’s own Superfine. Performances are on the first Sunday evening of February, March and April for two sets from 7pm – 9pm. These gigs are free and open to the public. Reservations are strongly suggested.

New Year’s Eve! Queen Esther & The Hot Five at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Grand Foyer Party Washington, DC Join Queen Esther and her coterie of jazz musicians as they celebrate one of the most exciting periods in Billie Holiday’s career – her influential small band recordings from John Hammond’s “sing-swing” sessions of the 1930s. From 1935 – 1939, as the rest of the world waltzed their way through The Great Depression or lindy hopped to big bands, Miss Holiday recorded over 120 sides with some of the best soloists of the decade, including Teddy Wilson, Benny Goodman, Roy Eldridge, Lester Young, Buck Clayton, Cozy Cole, Jo Jones, Artie Shaw, Benny Morton and many, many more. It was John Hammond – record producer, civil rights activist, music critic and aristocrat – who co-organized the very first “sing-swing” session in July 1935 with Teddy Wilson as bandleader when Miss Holiday was merely 20 years old. Armed with her new recording contract for Brunswick Records, their task was to record pop tunes in the new “swing” style for the burgeoning jukebox market. With Miss Holiday as instrumentalist on equal footing with the legendary musicians that accompanied her, what they created set the template for jazz vocalists, small combos and swing music, and created an immutable body of work. Let the timeless sounds of Lady Day’s earliest sessions keep you dancing all night long and swing you into the new year! The Hot Five: Jeremy Bacon, piano and MD Patience Higgins, tenor sax Todd Londagin, […]

Queen Esther at Minton’s 206 W. 118th St. Saturday, December 17th at 7pm & 9:30pm No cover.   Recommendations recommended. 212 243 2222 A versatile and charismatic performer with a four octave range, Queen Esther explores her acclaimed reinterpretations of Lady Day’s lost classics with a dynamic trio led by pianist Jeremy Bacon, a musician who “fuses the raw volcanic energy of Don Pullen (one of his first important teachers) with the more introspective style of Fred Hirsch (one of his last)”(All About Jazz) and includes bassist Hilliard Green (Little Jimmy Scott’s former music director), and the brilliant, legendary drummer/percussionist Warren Smith. Grand Prize winner of the 2008 Jazzmobile Vocal Competition, Queen Esther continues to perform internationally with her mentor harmelodic guitarist James “Blood” Ulmer in various projects, including his iconic free jazz group Odyssey, as she forges her own sonic path with her jazz collective and her Black Americana outfit The Blue Crowns. Released in 2015, her critically acclaimed album The Other Side – “…the most exciting Afro-Americana album of the year.” (Paste) – is garnering airplay worldwide. Recent performance highlights include: Under The Cherry Parade in a Day (You Sexy MF):Burnt Sugar Arkestra Freaks Prince’s Post Purple Rain Songbook at The David Rubenstein Atrium/Lincoln Center; Hot Jazz Age: From the First Jazz Recording to the Dawn of Swing at Dizzy’s/Lincoln Center; the afterparty for Jason and Alicia Hall Moran’s Forever Gershwin at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC; and the 11th bi-annual Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor’s Island. […]

MTA’s Subway Swing! A Nostalgia Boogie for the Ages Saturday, December 10th at 7pm  $25 Queens-bound 2nd Avenue F train platform and The MTA Museum   Hop on board our Nostalgia Swing Train for a special express ride from 2nd Avenue station to the Transit Museum in Downtown Brooklyn! Then, triple-step your way through our 1936 decommissioned subway station with FOUR live jazz bands, swing dancing, and vintage fashion – an after-hours boogie for the ages! Ticket price includes a one-way ride on the Nostalgia Swing Train, and admission to the party at the Museum. Tickets will be $25 and go on sale at 1pm on Thursday, December 1. Tickets must be purchased in advance. No sales will be conducted on the day of the event. We expect this event to sell out quickly, so act fast! Can’t make the party? Enjoy Holiday Rides on our vintage fleet of 1930s R1-9 cars every Sunday through December 18, and check out our collection of vintage train cars at the Museum year-round! http://www.nytransitmuseum.org/swing Photography and video recording are permitted onboard the train and at the Transit Museum. However, tripods and stands may not be used. All photographs taken are for personal use only and permission to photograph may be revoked at any time. Refunds are not available for ticketed programs. Should you be unable to attend, the full price of unused tickets may be treated as a donation to the Transit Museum and is tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. We will be meeting […]

1st Annual Repeal Day Party! Monday, December 5th at 7pm  $20 Hotel Chantelle 92 Ludlow St. Looking for a way to dance, hear amazing live hot jazz, drink great liquor and see a show? Buy tickets now for The 1st Annual Repeal Day Party! Celebrate the anniversary of the end of Prohibition at Hotel Chantelle with drinks, live jazz, burlesque and sideshow acts, vendors and more for only $20! Download the HOOCH app today and use invite code “repealday” to receive your first month for ONLY $1 and an e-mail with the code for a 45% discount on your ticket to the party! Burlesque and Side show from Pearls Daily Trick the Bastard Rosie 151 Clara Coquette Lewd Alfred Douglass hosted by Miss Art Deco Dandy Dillinger PLEASE NOTE: We encourage1930s/Prohibition-era dress to add to the ambiance. Click here for tickets.