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
Brooklyn Americana, Unplugged! presents Queen Esther sings Black Americana Friday, June 21st — 6pm to 8pm Brooklyn Bridge Park — Pier 3, Greenway Terrace FREE! “Secrets do have a way of leaking out, and one that desperately needs to be heard is Americana/country/ jazz singer, Queen Esther. 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 sings (mostly original!) Black Americana at the Brooklyn Americana Unplugged Music Series at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Opening act: Jan Bell & The Maybelles. Bring a picnic! “Top 10 Summer Things To Do in Brooklyn Bridge Park” – Time Out New York Unplugged features intimate acoustic acts curated by Brooklyn Americana Music Series in June and DeGraw Sound in July.
The Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor’s Island June 15th and 16th 12pm – 6pm 2019 marks our official “COUNTDOWN TO THE TWENTIES”! Join us as we close in on the 100th anniversary of The Jazz Age. For tickets, click here. PLEASE NOTE: On Saturday, June 15th, Queen Esther and The Hot Five will perform two sets on the mainstage. THE LINEUP: Queen Esther, vocals Patience Higgins, clarinet + tenor sax Noah Jackson, double bass Ronnie Magri, drums Corey Wallace, trombone Jazz Age Lawn Party, now celebrating its 14th year, is the world’s original, largest and most authentic Prohibition Era inspired gathering. The event started in 2005 as a small gathering on NYC’s Governors Island. It has since grown into one of the world’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.
Pete Seeger 100th Birthday Celebration Frank Sinatra Park in Hoboken, NJ June 6th at 7pm FREE and open to the public! The City of Hoboken will mark the 100th birthday of Pete Seeger, the godfather of American folk music, with a free concert at Sinatra Park at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 6. The celebration will be only one of many such events around the country, but organizers and hosts Elena Skye and Boo Reiners (of Hoboken’s Demolition String Band) promise it will be one of the best. “This will actually be our third Pete Seeger tribute night,” Skye said. “ We did one about 10 years ago at Hoboken’s Pier A, and then we did one in Jamaica, Vermont, about four years ago. We just love Pete, and time goes on, and his idea of songs bringing us together and galvanizing our spirits becomes more and more relevant. As frustrating as the world can be today, we can at least get together and sing.” FEATURING: Karyn Kuhl Gene D. Plumber and his daughter Emily Turonis Kate Jacobs and her son Edward Horan Jon & Deena of the Cucumbers Queen Esther Richard Barone Gary Van Miert of the Sensational Country Blues Wonders Abbe Rivers Glenn Morrow
2019 Gotham Jazz Festival Sunday, April 28th The Players Club 16 Gramercy Park South (btw Park Ave and Irving Place on 20th Street) 12pm – 1am Join us for our 3rd annual festival for 13 hours of dancing, lounging, n’ listening to over a dozen of NYC’s best hot jazz, swing, & blues bands (over 100 musicians) at the stunning & exclusive private club from the Gilded Age, The Players! Following last year’s sold-out festival, Prohibition Productions and New York Hot Jazz Camp have teamed up again. The Festival is 13hrs long and divided into two halves. You may purchase tickets for each half separately or get a day pass. DRESS CODE – Proper attire requested – Retro Chic, Vintage, Suits, cocktail attire, or biz casual… think Boardwalk Empire, Gatsby, Mad Men. No shorts, t-shirts, torn/tattered jeans, workout or warm-up attire, fitness/athletic shoes, and ball/casual caps. SCHEDULE FIRST HALF (12:00 to 5:30pm) THE BALLROOM * 12:30 to 2:30 – NYHJC Ensembles * 2:55 to 3:55pm – Queen Esther – vaudeville blues from Alberta Hunter * 4:15 to 5:30pm – NYHJC Faculty All Stars – with Rebecca Kilgore, Evan Christopher, Nicki Parrott, Jon-Erik Kellso, Dion Tucker, Dalton Ridenhour, Justin Poindexter, Rob Garcia, Bria Skonberg, and Molly Ryan. THE LIBRARY * 12:30 to 1:30pm – The Hot Toddies – w/special guests Gordon Webster & Hannah Gill * 2:15 to 3:30pm – The Anderson Twins * 4:00 to 5:15pm – Ben Paterson Trio (Winner of the Ellis Marsalis Piano Competition) KINSTLER ROOM * 12:00 to 12:40 – Jesse Gelber * 2:30 to 3:30 – NYHJC Vocalists * 3:45 to […]
Queen Esther’s TED Talk is LIVE! To see her talk, click here. Where does country music get its trademark twang? Queen Esther makes the case that American roots music — bluegrass, country and Americana specifically — originates from blues music and West African music traditions. TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world. TED is a global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. On TED.com, we’re building a clearinghouse of free knowledge from the world’s most inspired thinkers — and a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other, both online and at TED and TEDx events around the world, all year long. In fact, everything we do — from our Conferences to our TED Talks to the projects sparked by The Audacious Project, from the global TEDx community to the TED-Ed lesson series — is driven by this goal: How can we best spread great ideas? TED is owned by a nonprofit, nonpartisan foundation. Our agenda is to make great ideas accessible and spark conversation.