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 and The Blue Crowns perform Black Americana at The Philadelphia Folk Festival Sunday, August 20th TWO SETS! Featuring: Boo Reiners, acoustic guitar Jeff McLaughlin, electric guitarHilliard Greene, double bass Queen Esther, vocals + acoustic guitar 11am – 11:50am Sunday Gospel (The Camp Stage) 4pm – 4:50pm All Hail The Queen (The Culture Tent) Join us for a three or four day extravaganza of traditional and contemporary music, dance, crafts, camping, and children’s activities hosted at the Old Pool Farm in Upper Salford Township. Come for just a day or stay for the entire weekend!
Queen Esther Sings Black Americana Roots & Ruckus at Jalopy Theater 133 Columbia Red Hook, Brooklyn August 9th at 9pm sharp NO COVER! An extraordinary lineup this week at Roots n’ Ruckus with amazing talent, full of old friends and new faces! Wednesday, August 9th at Jalopy Theatre and School of Music – as always, no cover! 9:00pm – Queen Esther 9:30pm – Feral Foster 10:00pm – Ali Dineen 10:30pm – Slow Pony 11:00pm – Fernandito Ferrer 11:30pm – Mattias Kaufmann & Zoë Aqua
Queen Esther sings Black Americana The American Folk Art Museum 2 Lincoln Center Free Music Fridays July 14th at 6:30pm In anticipation of her debut at the 56th annual Philadelphia Folk Festival, Queen Esther performs a suite of original Black Americana with guitarist Jeff McLaughlin. Music featured at the Free Music Fridays series thematically reflects the spirit of the self-taught art on view at the museum. Support the proceedings with a donation-based cash wine bar. Admission is always free. Sharing the bill for the evening — Heartland Nomads and Caitlin Mahoney.
Arts Brookfield and NewSong Music Present Queen Esther Sings Black Americana Wednesday, June 28th at 12:30pm 1 New York Plaza New York City FREE, outdoors and open to the public! Soak up the sun and enjoy a lunchtime concert every Wednesday at One New York Plaza! Curated by New Song Music, Summer on the Plaza features music by the next wave of up and coming singer-songwriters. Arts Brookfield presents exciting, world-class cultural experiences to hundreds of thousands of people for free each year in both indoor and outdoor public spaces at Brookfield’s premier properties in New York, Los Angeles, Denver, Houston, Washington, D.C., Toronto, London, Perth and Sydney. From concerts, theater and dance to film screenings and art exhibitions, Arts Brookfield brings public spaces to life through art.
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.