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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  

Black Americana at the 9th Annual Brooklyn Folk Festival! Presented by the Jalopy Theater & School of Music A Three Day Festival * 30+ Bands * Workshops! * A family friendly square dance! * and much more! St. Ann’s Church 157 Montague St. (between Clinton & Henry) Queen Esther performs on Sunday, April 30th at 5pm For tickets, click here. The Brooklyn Folk Festival strives to present the best in American and world folk music.  Located in the heart of Brooklyn, NY our festival is a celebration of down home music, cultural diversity and memory.  Each year we draw talent from New York’s own thriving folk music scene as well as from the national and international world of folk, traditional and vernacular music. The annual festival provides an opportunity for young and old alike to come together, enjoy music, workshops, film screenings, contests and jam sessions and be part of the vitality of our community.  The festival is produced each year with a strong sense of vision and attention to detail with the goal of achieving an event that is more than the sum of its parts. The Brooklyn Folk Festival is presented each year by the Jalopy Theatre & School of Music, a grassroots community space that is a music venue, music school, instrument store and record label.  By growing the Brooklyn Folk Festival over the past 9 years, the Jalopy has created a substantial and unique community event that brings together thousands of music lovers and hundreds of musicians to celebrate the valuable […]

Icons in Ash, Death in Music — Female Voice Festival Concert & Spoken Word Performances West Park Presbyterian Church 165 W. 86th St. (Amsterdam Ave.) Heide Hatry: Icons in Ash, Cremation Portraits, an exhibition at Ubu Gallery, inspired this concert, in which the curators Jane LeCroy and Heide Hatry try to reintegrate life and death: to touch death, work with death, to let it speak in its mundanity, its grandeur, its familiarity and its mystery, its uniqueness and its universality, to redeem it from oblivion, to give it its own life again. Featuring the following artists:   Tammy Faye Starlite Nicole Peyrafitte Katelyn Richards Queen Esther christine Isherwood Danielle Blau Nora Fox Kaila Mullad Victoire Oberkampf: Karoline Rose Stanislavska Milica Paranosic Liana Gabel Hot Glue and the Gun Anastasia Petropoulos Katelyn Richards and more!   For more information, click here.

Winter Into Spring Superfine Residency! First Sunday in February, March and April February 5th * March 5th * April 2nd Two sets — 7pm – 9pm NO COVER! Superfine 126 Front St. DUMBO 718 243 9005 From events producer Jan Bell at the Brooklyn Americana Music Festival comes a winter residency to thaw the snow while we wait for spring.  Partnering with Jeff McLaughlin on vocals and guitar, Queen Esther performs Black Americana — country classics, old timey gospel songs, vaudeville blues, original soulful tunes, brand new songs and more — at DUMBO’s own Superfine. Performances are on the first Sunday evening of February, March and April for two sets from 7pm – 9pm. These gigs are free and open to the public. Reservations are strongly suggested.

New Year’s Eve! Queen Esther & The Hot Five at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Grand Foyer Party Washington, DC Join Queen Esther and her coterie of jazz musicians as they celebrate one of the most exciting periods in Billie Holiday’s career – her influential small band recordings from John Hammond’s “sing-swing” sessions of the 1930s. From 1935 – 1939, as the rest of the world waltzed their way through The Great Depression or lindy hopped to big bands, Miss Holiday recorded over 120 sides with some of the best soloists of the decade, including Teddy Wilson, Benny Goodman, Roy Eldridge, Lester Young, Buck Clayton, Cozy Cole, Jo Jones, Artie Shaw, Benny Morton and many, many more. It was John Hammond – record producer, civil rights activist, music critic and aristocrat – who co-organized the very first “sing-swing” session in July 1935 with Teddy Wilson as bandleader when Miss Holiday was merely 20 years old. Armed with her new recording contract for Brunswick Records, their task was to record pop tunes in the new “swing” style for the burgeoning jukebox market. With Miss Holiday as instrumentalist on equal footing with the legendary musicians that accompanied her, what they created set the template for jazz vocalists, small combos and swing music, and created an immutable body of work. Let the timeless sounds of Lady Day’s earliest sessions keep you dancing all night long and swing you into the new year! The Hot Five: Jeremy Bacon, piano and MD Patience Higgins, tenor sax Todd Londagin, […]

Queen Esther at Minton’s 206 W. 118th St. Saturday, December 17th at 7pm & 9:30pm No cover.   Recommendations recommended. 212 243 2222 A versatile and charismatic performer with a four octave range, Queen Esther explores her acclaimed reinterpretations of Lady Day’s lost classics with a dynamic trio led by pianist Jeremy Bacon, a musician who “fuses the raw volcanic energy of Don Pullen (one of his first important teachers) with the more introspective style of Fred Hirsch (one of his last)”(All About Jazz) and includes bassist Hilliard Green (Little Jimmy Scott’s former music director), and the brilliant, legendary drummer/percussionist Warren Smith. 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 11th bi-annual Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor’s Island. […]