Queen Esther & Her Trio at Minton’s 206 W. 118th St. 212 243 2222 Saturday, June 24th 7pm – 10:30pm $15 per set FEATURING: Jeremy Bacon, piano/MD Carlo DeRosa, double bass Reginald Quinerly, drums A versatile and charismatic performer with a four octave range, not to mention the Grand Prize winner of the 2008 Jazzmobile Vocal Competition, Queen Esther continues to perform internationally with her mentor harmelodic guitarist James “Blood” Ulmer in various projects, including his iconic free jazz group Odyssey, as she forges her own sonic path with her jazz collective and her Black Americana outfit The Blue Crowns. Released in 2015, her critically acclaimed album The Other Side – “…the most exciting Afro-Americana album of the year.” (Paste) – is garnering airplay worldwide. Recent performance highlights include: Under The Cherry Parade in a Day (You Sexy MF):Burnt Sugar Arkestra Freaks Prince’s Post Purple Rain Songbook at The David Rubenstein Atrium/Lincoln Center; Hot Jazz Age: From the First Jazz Recording to the Dawn of Swing at Dizzy’s/Lincoln Center; the afterparty for Jason and Alicia Hall Moran’s Forever Gershwin at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC; and the 12th bi-annual Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor’s Island.
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 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 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.