Tag : Blues

2019 Gotham Jazz Festival Sunday, April 28th The Players Club 16 Gramercy Park South (btw Park Ave and Irving Place on 20th Street) 12pm – 1am   Join us for our 3rd annual festival for 13 hours of dancing, lounging, n’ listening to over a dozen of NYC’s best hot jazz, swing, & blues bands (over 100 musicians) at the stunning & exclusive private club from the Gilded Age, The Players! Following last year’s sold-out festival, Prohibition Productions and New York Hot Jazz Camp have teamed up again. The Festival is 13hrs long and divided into two halves. You may purchase tickets for each half separately or get a day pass. DRESS CODE – Proper attire requested – Retro Chic, Vintage, Suits, cocktail attire, or biz casual… think Boardwalk Empire, Gatsby, Mad Men. No shorts, t-shirts, torn/tattered jeans, workout or warm-up attire, fitness/athletic shoes, and ball/casual caps. SCHEDULE FIRST HALF (12:00 to 5:30pm) THE BALLROOM * 12:30 to 2:30 – NYHJC Ensembles * 2:55 to 3:55pm – Queen Esther – vaudeville blues from Alberta Hunter * 4:15 to 5:30pm – NYHJC Faculty All Stars – with Rebecca Kilgore, Evan Christopher, Nicki Parrott, Jon-Erik Kellso, Dion Tucker, Dalton Ridenhour, Justin Poindexter, Rob Garcia, Bria Skonberg, and Molly Ryan. THE LIBRARY * 12:30 to 1:30pm – The Hot Toddies – w/special guests Gordon Webster & Hannah Gill * 2:15 to 3:30pm – The Anderson Twins * 4:00 to 5:15pm – Ben Paterson Trio (Winner of the Ellis Marsalis Piano Competition) KINSTLER ROOM * 12:00 to 12:40 – Jesse Gelber * 2:30 to 3:30 – NYHJC Vocalists * 3:45 to […]

Tribute to Memphis Minnie and Mississippi John Hurt Queen Esther sings Memphis Minnie in a one night only tribute to the great lady herself — as well as Mississippi John Hurt – hosted by singer/songwriter Jan Bell. WHERE: Jalopy Theater 315 Columbia St. WHEN: Friday, August 1st at 9pm TICKETS: $10 To purchase tickets in advance, please click here. Performances include: Jan Bell Rashad Brown Karen Dahlstrom Dylan & Stephanie Queen Esther Feral Foster Tamar Korn Mamie Minch Eli Smith …and more! From AllMusic.com: The most popular and prolific blueswoman outside the vaudeville tradition, Memphis Minnie earned the respect of critics, the support of record-buying fans, and the unqualified praise of the blues artists she worked with throughout her long career. Despite her Southern roots and popularity, she was as much a Chicago blues artist as anyone in her day.  Big Bill Broonzy recalls her beating both him and Tampa Red in a guitar contest and claims she was the best woman guitarist he had ever heard. Tough enough to endure in a hard business, she earned the respect of her peers with her solid musicianship and recorded good blues over four decades for Columbia, Vocalion, Bluebird, OKeh, Regal, Checker, and JOB. More than a good woman blues guitarist and singer, Memphis Minnie holds her own against the best blues artists of her time, and her work has special resonance for today’s aspiring guitarists. Mississippi John Hurt left behind a legacy unique in the annals of the blues, and not just in terms of music. A […]

Queen Esther sings at “Blues for Mamie” Benefit Concert on Sunday July 20th.  Join in the effort to erect a granite monument at blues pioneer Mamie Smith’s unmarked grave – and create a maintenance fund for her gravesite and others in need at Frederick Douglass Memorial Park. WHERE: Killmeyer’s Old Bavaria Inn – 4254 Arthur Kill Road, Staten Island NY WHEN: July 20th, 3pm – 9pm COST: $14 in advance/ $20 at the door Tickets available at http://mamie.bpt.me For more information, click here. The Line-up: Michael Hill Rob Paparozzi Dave Fields Robert Ross Blues Ball Queen Esther Cat Cosmai Hot Monkey Love Regina Bonelli Michael Packer Jim Koeppel Frank Mirra Wayne Livingston Mo Beasley Pete Cummings, MD Hosted by WFOU DJ Nikki Armstrong