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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  

Lizzie No “Vanity” Release Show opening act: Queen Esther Mercury Lounge 217 E. Houston St. NYC Tickets: $12 advance/$15 at the door Lizzie No: Building on the songwriting prowess displayed in her critically acclaimed debut album ‘Hard Won,’ Lizzie No is unsparing in the stories she tells on her new album ‘Vanity,’ out August 2. The nine songs on ‘Vanity’ are epic tales of ego, featuring narrative shifts within vividly crafted characters. No embodies characters ranging from a self-obsessed fuckboy in “Narcissus” (which Rolling Stone called a “crisp alt-rock gem”) to a broke songwriter waiting for her big break in “Pity Party,” to a bitter and isolated rocker on “Loyalty” who rants that the crowd has left him behind. Inventive arrangements written in collaboration with co-producer Nick Rapley elevate the record to shimmering heights, alternating between swaggering grooves and intimate clarity. Lizzie has showcased at Americanafest, SXSW, and as a featured soloist at the Louisville Orchestra’s Festival of American Music. She is also a winner of the American Songwriter Magazine Lyrics Contest. Queen Esther: Imported from South Carolina’s Lowcountry and the ATL respectively, vocalist, songwriter, musician and producer Queen Esther performs internationally with her mentor harmelodic guitar icon James “Blood” Ulmer in various projects — including a recent European tour with his iconic free jazz group Odyssey — as she forges her own sonic path. Paste describes her most recent Black Americana album The Other Side (2015) as – “…the most exciting Afro-Americana album of the year,” while Vanity Fair goes further, saying “This album […]

The McKittrick Hotel presents Sunset Sundays at Gallow Green Queen Esther Sings Billie Holiday — The Lost Classics 542 W. 27th St. 212 564 1662 Accompanied by pianist Sharp Radway and bassist Hilliard Greene, Queen Esther revisits Lady Day’s popular yet lesser known body of work. With this, she explores another side of the songwriter, bandleader and catalyst that most critics consider to be the greatest jazz singer of the 20th century. ———————————————— Join us every Sunday atop The McKittrick Hotel while Gallow Green, our hidden rooftop garden oasis, hosts weekly bands to send us off into sunset bliss for a perfect close to the week and weekend. Featuring speciality craft cocktails, a new summer dinner menu, and an ever changing weekly roster of live music! Now booking reserved seats/tables. Space is limited. Book with haste. mckittrickhotel.com

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