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.
Queen Esther Sings Billie Holiday: The Rare Sides A different program each week! Every Tuesday in April Sets at 7:30pm and 9:30pm $10 at the bar — $20 at the table Minton’s Harlem 206 W. 118th St. for info/reservations 212 243 2222 April 7th Holiday on Broadway In honor of Billie Holiday’s centennial (April 7, 1915 – April 7, 2015), Queen Esther recreates the program from Lady Day’s Broadway debut Holiday on Broadway, which opened on April 27th, 1948 in the wake of her first Carnegie Hall appearance. April 14th Queen Esther Sings Billie Holiday at Carnegie Hall, 1956: A Refracted Set Using personal letters, soundbites and interview segments from Lady Day herself, Queen Esther puts a refracted spin on Miss Holiday’s last Carnegie Hall performance, giving the audience a new perspective on the greatest jazz siren of the 20th century. April 21st and 28th The Billie Holiday Project With the relatively unknown yet timeless songs of the iconic siren Billie Holiday as an aural backdrop for several newly unearthed Zora Neale Hurston short stories from the height of the Harlem Renaissance – including Monkey Junk, an uptown “fable” of Black city life and an instant classic – Queen Esther explores new ground by giving this unexplored material a fresh perspective.