Queen Esther’s work is featured at CTH’s Playwright’s Playground! The Classical Theater of Harlem Presents: Playwright’s Playground Monday, June 6th 6:30pm – 9pm The Dwyer Cultural Center 258 St. Nicholas Ave. For more info: 347-688-6304 A scene from Queen Esther’s latest full-length play currently in utero — an as-of-yet unnamed serio-comic romp about white fragility — will be read at The Classical Theater of Harlem’s Playwrights Playground Cold Reading Series. To RSVP, click here. Selected playwrights submit 10-12 pages of a new work in the early stages of development. Actors are cast on the spot and perform a cold reading, followed by a moderated audience feedback session. In addition to serving the development of new work, these readings give audiences a sneak peek into how new plays are created.
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 & 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. PERSONNEL: 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)
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