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Starting May 7th and continuing through the end of the year, the newly revived, iconic jazz venue Minton’s Playhouse is hosting the JC Hopkins Biggish Band each Wednesday from 7pm – 11pm. Featuring special guest vocalists Queen Esther and Charles Turner as well as a host of New York City’s hottest jazz musicians — including Claire Daly on baritone sax, Julian Pressly on tenor sax, trombonist J. Walter Hawkes, and legendary drummer Warren Smith — the home of bebop comes alive in fresh and unexpected ways. From the Wall Street Journal (May 29th, 2014): “The birthplace of bebop, Minton’s on 118th Street, has been reborn as a venue that is as classy as it is historic. The long-neglected room has now been remodeled into one of the most attractive venues in the city, with a menu that puts most Midtown clubs to shame. The combination of pianist-bandleader JC Hopkins and vocalist Queen Esther expertly recapture the vitality and energy of Harlem jazz and blues of 70 years ago without slavishly imitating anyone and are thus a perfect fit, and they should help the relaunched room attract the attention of dancers as well as diners.” Minton’s — 206 W. 118th Street at St. Nicholas Doors open at 6:00pm. Performances at 7pm – 11pm. Music charge: $10 at the bar, $20 at a table. Dinner reservations are recommended. For more information: 212 243 2222  Photo: Tanya Braganti  

RETURN TO ROMANCE AT MICHAEL ARENELLA’S SWEETHEART SOIREE. For our Soirée’s ninth, enchanting year, we have the pleasure of hosting at the only rendezvous befitting -NORWOOD. “A home for the curious,” the landmarked 1847 mansion is a private club. Enjoy a rare opportunity to experience this stylishly bohemian hideaway as our guest. Whether with an amour, wedded to one you adore, or hoping to meet the one you’re looking for, this promises to be an evening of enchantment and intrigue. Plush seating, room for dancing, decadent cocktails and sweets assure a most divine affair. A passionate programme of entertainment will be featured over four floors of this lavish Victorian manse: MICHAEL ARENELLA and sextet, your devoted host and beloved bandleader. Jazz royalty, QUEEN ESTHER and trio. Enjoy a dance lesson for both singles and doubles at 9:30pm with ever-dapper and adorable RODDY CARAVELLA. A cheeky portrait in our SWEETHEART KISSING BOOTH with your nibs. Cupid-approved cocktails, wine and beer are available for purchase at three unique bars. Sweet treats will be served throughout the evening. FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8TH DOORS AT 9PM LIVE ENTERTAINMENT FROM 9:30PM – 1AM EARLY BIRD ADMISSION: $75 GENERAL ADMISSION: $85 ALL GUESTS MUST BE 21 AND OVER FORMAL EVENING ATTIRE IS ENCOURAGED Tickets to this elegant event are quite limited and available only in advance at sweetheartsoiree2019.eventbrite.com So please don’t tarry, my darling.

 On the first day of Black History Month, we present… Queen Esther & Lizzie No Black Americana Show! The American Folk Art Museum Free Music Fridays! February 1st at 5:30pm Three Sets! FREE * FREE * FREE With the release of her debut album, ‘Hard Won,’ in March 2017, singer-songwriter, harpist, and guitarist Lizzie No established herself as one of the most exciting new voices in contemporary folk music. Billboard Magazine called the album “simultaneously understated and fervent.” She followed up the album with the release of “Sundown,” a benefit track for Black Lives Matter. * Lizzie has showcased at Americanafest, SXSW, and as a featured soloist at the Louisville Orchestra’s Festival of American Music. She is also a winner of the American Songwriter Magazine Lyrics Contest. She and her band are currently recording their second full-length album, due out in 2019. Grand Prize winner of the 2008 Jazzmobile Vocal Competition, Queen Esther continues to perform internationally in various projects with her mentor harmelodic guitarist James “Blood” Ulmer, including his iconic free jazz group Odyssey, as she forges her own sonic path with her jazz collective and her Black Americana outfit. Released in 2015, her critically acclaimed album The Other Side – “…the most exciting Afro-Americana album of the year.” (Paste) – is garnering airplay worldwide.

From National Sawdust Queen Esther sings Black Americana at The Revolution, Vol. 35 January 26, 2019 9:30pm doors  *  10pm show 80 N. 6th St. Williamsburg, Brooklyn Contact: 646 779 8455 THE REVOLUTION is a performance series highlighting Brooklyn & Harlem based artists + musicians that not only represent the core of independent pop culture but who currently stand in the breeding ground of evolution within their genre. This local musical movement empowers community, change, and activism through performance and unity amongst the arts. Once a month, three different artists showcasing three different genres have a chance to spread love, light, and awareness through their music and their stories. This series supports revolutionary artistry and how important music is to healing, in all aspects of life. As a part of VOL. 35, The Revolution will feature three incredible live performances from local artists: Queen Esther, Hornē Electric Band, & Mizan  

Jazz at Lincoln Center presents Queen Esther sings Billie Holiday: The Lost Classics January 2, 2019 TWO SETS  7:30pm and 9:30pm COVER: $35 Students: $20 Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Lincoln Center Broadway at 60th St. 5th Fl New York City Reserve by phone 212-258-9595 In person after 6pm daily at the club With rare sides lifted from The Billie Holiday Project – a musical written and developed by Queen Esther that augments newly unearthed short stories from Zora Neale Hurston with an explosive score culled from the iconic jazz siren’s work — Queen Esther and her coterie of musicians breathe life into the more relatively unknown yet timeless songs of Miss Holiday. By allowing these songs to stand on their own in performance and speak to us and through us, the audience as well as the performers will explore a relatively unknown side of Lady Day. Songs include If The Moon Turns Green, You Can’t Be Mine (and Someone Else’s Too) and Things Are Looking Up. The line-up: Sharp Radway – piano Hilliard Greene – double bass Jeff McLaughlin — guitar Darren Green – drums  

Prohibition Productions presents The Salon’s New Year’s Eve Eve at The Player’s Club 16 Gramercy Park South, New York City December 30, 2018  7pm – 1am Some say New Year’s Eve is amateur night; that’s ’cause all the dames n’ dapper gents know the real party is the night before – at THE SALON – what we like to call NEW YEAR’s EVE EVE. For our 11th annual extravaganza we’re going all out as we take over The Players Club… the stunning & exclusive private club from the gilded age of ol’ New York! — live music by — SWING (in the Ballroom) * Eyal Vilner Big Band * w/vocalist Queen Esther HOT JAZZ (in the Library) * Tamar Korn & A Kornucopia * SULTRY SWING n BLUES (in the Kinstler Room) * King Solomon Hicks Quartet * * piano ragtime master Terry Waldo * GYPSY JAZZ (in The VIP Room / aka Card Room) * Adrien Chevalier Gypsy Jazz Trio * — plus —  * MC Dandy Wellington * * chorus gals The Bathtub Ginnys * * Djs VaVa Voon & Andrius Sc * * FREE Beginner swing lesson (7:45-8:15pm) by Jaime Shannon * classic burlesque by * Velvetina Taylor / Justease / Delysia LaChatte * Full Bar in the Ballroom (Dining Hall), and a VIP bar in the Card Room. No food will be available or for sale.  VIP ROOM  Sip cocktails at Mark Twain’s own poker table, and lounge on couches in our private VIP room filled w historic curiosities featuring a private VIP only bar away from the crowds – mingle amongst the VIP guests and performers… not to mention a […]