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.
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