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.
Queen Esther Sings Billie Holiday: The Rare Sides Gin Fizz Lounge 308 Lenox Ave at 125th St. Friday, August 7th at 10pm $10 Featuring: Jeremy Bacon, piano Hilliard Greene, double bassCharles Goold, drums Wayne Tucker, trumpet In celebration of Lady Day’s centennial year, Queen Esther and her coterie of musicians continue to explore Billie Holiday’s lesser known body of work in an intimate cabaret setting, giving the audience a fresh perspective on the greatest jazz siren of the 20th century.
Queen Esther at Minton’s Harlem — Summer Dates! Queen Esther and her quartet returns to the iconic jazz hotspot Minton’s to perform with JC Hopkins — and revisits her wildly successful Lady Day concerts in the dog days of August. 206 W. 118th St. 7pm – 11pm $20 at tables — $10 at the door Reservations strongly recommended. For more info, click here or call: 212 243 2222 JC Hopkins Biggish Band featuring Charles Turner and Queen Esther The usual post be-bop hi-jinks continue, from the hottest horn section in the city. Friday & Saturday, July 24th & 25th Queen Esther Sings Billie Holiday: The Rare Sides After a sold-out run in April to celebrate Lady Day’s centennial, Queen Esther and her coterie of musicians return to highlight the siren’s lesser known body of work. Expect to fall in love with songs that you’ve probably never heard — and discover a facet of Ms. Holiday that you’ve probably never considered. Sunday July 26th Tuesday, August 4th Tuesday, August 11th
Queen Esther Sings Billie Holiday: The Rare Sides A different program each week! Every Tuesday in April Sets at 7:30pm and 9:30pm $10 at the bar — $20 at the table Minton’s Harlem 206 W. 118th St. for info/reservations 212 243 2222 April 7th Holiday on Broadway In honor of Billie Holiday’s centennial (April 7, 1915 – April 7, 2015), Queen Esther recreates the program from Lady Day’s Broadway debut Holiday on Broadway, which opened on April 27th, 1948 in the wake of her first Carnegie Hall appearance. April 14th Queen Esther Sings Billie Holiday at Carnegie Hall, 1956: A Refracted Set Using personal letters, soundbites and interview segments from Lady Day herself, Queen Esther puts a refracted spin on Miss Holiday’s last Carnegie Hall performance, giving the audience a new perspective on the greatest jazz siren of the 20th century. April 21st and 28th The Billie Holiday Project With the relatively unknown yet timeless songs of the iconic siren Billie Holiday as an aural backdrop for several newly unearthed Zora Neale Hurston short stories from the height of the Harlem Renaissance – including Monkey Junk, an uptown “fable” of Black city life and an instant classic – Queen Esther explores new ground by giving this unexplored material a fresh perspective.