Queen Esther Sings Billie Holiday: The Rare Sides Saturday, April 7th — TWO SETS 7:30pm & 9:30pm Minton’s Harlem 206 W. 118th St. 212 243 2222 Musicians: Hilliard Greene, double bass Patience Higgins, tenor sax Dan Rosengard, piano Warren Smith, drums Queen Esther pays tribute to Lady Day on her 1o3rd birthday with a suite of rare sides, reimagined performances, stories and soundbites to offer her take on what most critics consider to the greatest jazz vocalist of the 20th century. A versatile and charismatic performer with a four octave range, not to mention the 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 12th bi-annual Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor’s Island.
Queen Esther at Minton’s Harlem 206 W. 118th St. 2 sets — 7:30pm and 9:30pm THE BAND Jesse Gelber, piano Hilliard Greene, double bass Jeff McLaughlin, guitar Warren Smith, drums Sets are 1 hour long The admission price is $10.00 Sun- Wed. and $15 Thu- Sat. per set PLUS a 2 drink minimum. * * Admission may increase depending upon a given week’s performance schedule. During performances, quiet is enforced.
NEW MUSEUM 235 Bowery, NYC (Sky Room) ICONS IN ASH, THE ULTIMATE BOOK PARTY presented by THE NEW MUSEUM BOOKSTORE Friday, May 12, 7-10pm Death related art, music, and spoken word performances by Jonas Mekas, Jennifer Elster, Queen Esther, Deborah Lutz, Danielle Blau, Nora Fox, Ulrich Baer, Christine Isherwood, Hot Glue & The Gun, Lutz Rath, Christopher Willauer, Jane LeCroy, Anthony Haden-Guest, and Ursula Scherrer. For more information please visit: IconsInAsh.com, UbuGallery.com and HeideHatry.com Access to the book party only with RSVP confirmation number: RSVP.BookParty.NewMuseumStore@gmail.com Confirmation numbers are only available until May 10, 6pm. This event is sponsored by Michelle Ross, Ubu Gallery, and Station Hill Press Biographies of the performers: Ulrich Baer was born in Germany, lived in California, Massachusetts and Connecticut. He was a Varsity oarsman at Harvard and earned a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at Yale and is the editor of Rilke’s Letters on Life, a literary theorist who has written on the representation of trauma in poetry and photography, and a fiction writer who has published a collection of short stories set in contemporary China. He teaches at New York University where he is also Vice Provost. He will read from Rainer Maria Rilke’s condolence letters. Danielle Blau’s Rhyme and Reason: Poetry, Philosophy, and the Art of Living the Big Questions is forthcoming from W.W. Norton. Her collection mere eye was selected for a Poetry Society of America Chapbook Award, and she curates/ hosts the monthly Gavagai Music + Reading Series.Danielle will perform Nth Sunday in Ordinary Time Native New Yorker Jennifer Elster is […]
Queen Esther sings Billie Holiday: The Rare Sides Minton’s 206 W. 118th St. February 12th at 7:30pm & 9:45pm Her Trio: Jeremy Bacon, piano Shawn Baltazor, drums Noah Jackson, double bass Queen Esther sings Billie Holiday’s rare sides at Minton’s with her trio, in an elegant intimate setting for lovers and listeners alike. Culled from her much lauded residency last spring that celebrated Lady Day’s centennial, the lost classics span Miss Holiday’s entire career. These songs will give much insight into the life of what many consider to be the greatest jazz singer of the 20th century. To celebrate Valentine’s Day in style, Harlem’s iconic jazz hotspot Minton’s will host a series of dinner events which includes a four course prix fixe meal curated by Executive Chef Joseph “JJ” Johnson. There are two seatings to choose from each night. To reserve your Valentine’s Day Weekend table, click here or call 212 243 2222.
Queen Esther performs in Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares Friday, February 5th at 7:30pm Community Music School of Springfield 127 State St. Springfield, MA Accompanied by pianist Jeremy Bacon, Queen Esther presents a suite of Billie Holiday’s rare sides in celebration of Valentine’s Day. About Jazz Shares: Based on the farm share model where stakeholders ensure the success of the farm by pre-paying for food, our members purchase jazz shares to provide the capital needed to produce concerts with minimal institutional support. A grassroots, all-volunteer organization, we are a community of music lovers in Western Massachusetts dedicated to the continued vitality of jazz music. By pooling resources, energy and know-how, shareholders create an infrastructure that is able to bring world-class improvisers to our region. Operating under the fiscal sponsorship of The Northampton Center for the Arts, we make 100 jazz shares available at an annual investment of $125. (Half shares are also available.) We produce 10 concerts each year in Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin Counties. We invite you to join us.