Queen Esther & The Blue Crowns perform two sets – 9:30pm & 11pm — at Minton’s Harlem on Friday, December 4th for their inaugural Friday Soul Series.
Accompanied by her versatile and dynamc collective, Queen Esther will present a pastiche of original songs, reconfigured rare jazz standards and holy blues – the Black Americana sound that held sway over diverse audiences during her most recent European tour this fall.
Kelvyn Bell, guitar (Arthur Blythe, Defunkt)
Mimi Jones, bass (Ravi Coltrane)
Boo Reiners, lap steel (Demolition String Band)
Shirazette Tinnin, drums (Tia Fuller)
What the critics are saying about Queen Esther’s self-released Black Americana album The Other Side:
“Our admiration for Queen Esther is almost beyond measure.” — Rootstime (Belgium)
“This album is amazing. And very difficult to classify. Can you imagine a black Lucinda Williams? Not like when she plays the blues torn from her first albums, no. A black Lucinda Williams in pop, rhythm, blues and even gender roots Americana. So it sounds, if you can imagine such a hodgepodge somehow, the latest album from this brutal, original, explosive singer.” — Vanity Fair (Spain)
The most exciting Afro-Americana release of the year.” – Paste
“Every song is sung with passion and fire, by this underrated female singer who should be a musical giant.” — Country Music People (UK)