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
Harlem Liberation Swing Dance on July 4th! Join us after the fireworks as we dance the night away uptown with a delectable menu from Minton’s, summer cocktails, live music from the JC Hopkins’ Biggish Band, a swing dance lesson from Harlem’s own Sam Coleman and vocals from Queen Esther, Charles Turner and King Solomon Hicks. Get your tickets now! Harlem Liberation Swing Dance! Hosted by Sam Coleman and Queen Esther Music by JC Hopkins’ Biggish Band featuring Queen Esther, Charles Turner and King Solomon Hicks with tap dancer Michaela Marino Lerman Saturday, July 4th 8pm to Midnight $25 at the door * * * $40 VIP (includes 2 complimentary cocktails) Purchase tickets in advance at http://harlemswingdance.splashthat.com FREE DANCE LESSON from 8pm – 9pm by Sam Coleman LIVE MUSIC from 9pm – Midnight Minton’s Harlem 206 W. 118th St. 212 243 2222
Queen Esther with the JC Hopkins Biggish Band Minton’s Harlem 206 W. 118th St. Thursday, June 11th for more info: 212 243 2222 Three sets: 7pm, 8:30pm & 10pm A very special performance this coming Thursday by Queen Esther and the JC Hopkins Biggish Band with her outstanding counterpart the wonderful Charles Turner at Minton’s Harlem. Sizzlin’ band featuring Solomon Hicks, Shareef Clayton, JS Williams, Corey A. Wallace, Jason Marshall, Julian Pressley, Chelsea Baratz, Hilliard Greene and Charles Goold.
The Wednesday night residency continues! 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 and Seneca Black on trumpet — the home of bebop comes alive in fresh and unexpected ways. “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.” — The Wall Street Journal 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
JC Hopkins Combo performs with South African jazz icon Hugh Masekela, vocalists Queen Esther, Charles Turner and Somi at Minton’s on October 15th at 7pm! Revered South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela joins JC Hopkins Biggish Band for a very special evening at Minton’s on Wednesday, October 15th at 7pm. The band includes vocalists Queen Esther and Charles Turner with Chad Lefkowitz-Brown and Julian Pressley on reeds, guitarist Solomon Hicks, bassist Dezron Douglas, and Shirazette Tinnin on drums. Mr. Masekela joins the bandstand with his long-time brethren of over 50 years, the incomparable pianist Larry Willis along with one of the early pioneers of Cape Jazz and founder of SafroJazz, Morris Goldberg. Also on the bill: a Sony recording artist who has called Masekela her mentor since childhood — Somi. 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.