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
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 Black Americana Sunday, June 18th at 7pm Superfine 126 Front St. DUMBO 718 243 9005 FEATURING: Hilliard Greene, double bass Jeff McLaughlin, guitar + vocals “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.” — El Descodificador, Vanity Fair (Spain) “Every song is sung with passion and fire, by this underrated female singer who should be a musical giant.” — Country Music People (UK) Accompanied by bassist Hilliard Greene and guitarist Jeff McLaughlin, songwriter/vocalist/guitarist Queen Esther sings original material from her critically acclaimed Black Americana album The Other Side as well as alt-blues, country gospel standards and new songs.
Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra presents The 12th bi-annual Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor’s Island Saturday, June 10th & 11th 11am – 5pm PLEASE NOTE: Queen Esther & The Hot Five play the main stage on June 10th. For tickets, click here.About Jazz Age Lawn PartyJazz Age Lawn Party, now approaching its 12th year, is the world’s original and largest prohibition era inspired gathering. The event started as a small gathering in 2005 on NYC’s Governors Island, and has since grown into one of New York City’s most beloved events. This historically sold out event attracts thousands of time travelers each year, who come together to discover the music and zeitgeist of the 1920s.Consistently selected by the New York Times as one of the year’s most memorable events, Jazz Age Lawn Party offers a unique, interactive opportunity to relive one of the most colorful and formative epochs in American history. Performances That Channel the Jazz Age! MICHAEL ARENELLA AND HIS DREAMLAND ORCHESTRA is the world’s premier Jazz Age dance orchestra, specializing in the Hot-Jazz of the 1920s. Conductor, composer, musician and crooner Michael Arenella presents a personally transcribed, one-of-a-kind songbook for your listening and dancing pleasure. In the afternoon – listen and dance to the world’s finest 1920s dance orchestra – Michael Arenella & His Dreamland Orchestra – playing before an enormous sun-dappled dance floor. Join in on 1920s dance lessons and rub elbows with other fashionable Flappers and sporting gents, bedecked in their freshest holiday linens and straw hats. Witness the bedazzling Dreamland Follies, […]
NEW YORK HOT JAZZ CAMP ALL STARS AT BIRDLAND 315 W. 44th St. New York City Sunday, May 21st Doors at 5pm Show at 6pm Tickets — $15 – $30 There is a $10 food or drink minimum. New York’s hottest traditional Jazz featuring the All-Star faculty of the New York Hot Jazz Camp. One night only! Compelling but traditional and innovative ensemble and solo playing by some of NYC’s finest, most seasoned, sought after, professional musical practitioners of authentic ‘early hot-jazz’ dance music. Hosted by Molly Ryan & Bria Skonberg Featuring: Vocalist: Queen Esther Trumpeter: Randy Reinhart Sax-clarinet: Dan Levinson Piano: Jesse Gelber Trombone: Jim Fryer Banjo-Guitar: Nick Russo Double Bass: Jared Engel Drums: Kevin Dorn
Jalopy Theater presents Chuck Berry Tribute Night A Benefit for Music Maker Relief Fund Saturday May 13th at 8:30pm $15 315 Columbia St. Red Hook, Brooklyn Featuring: Ernie Vega Charlie Giordano (Bruce Springsteen) Queen Esther Osei Essed (the Woes) Joanna Sternberg Michael Sternberg Samoa Wilson Mara Kaye Alex Battles Chris Q Murphy Trip Henderson Wyndham Baird Rashad Brown Dina Rudeen Jay Sanford Rachel Housle Alastair Ottesen Trumpet Grrrl Brotherhood of the Jug Band Blues & more performing 20+ classic Chuck Berry songs