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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  

Queen Esther at Minton’s Harlem 206 W. 118th St. 2 sets — 7:30pm and 9:30pm THE BAND Jesse Gelber, piano Hilliard Greene, double bass Jeff McLaughlin, guitar Warren Smith, drums Sets are 1 hour long The admission price is $10.00 Sun- Wed. and $15 Thu- Sat. per set PLUS a 2 drink minimum. * * Admission may increase depending upon a given week’s performance schedule. During performances, quiet is enforced.

The 3rd Annual Roots n’ Ruckus Festival Jalopy Theater, Red Hook December 6th – 9th NO COVER! PLEASE NOTE: Queen Esther performs with guitarist Jeff McLaughlin on Thursday, December 7th at 9:30pm. Again! It’s the 3rd Annual Roots n Ruckus Fest (aka The 3rd Annual 10th Anniversry of Roots n’ Ruckus). We like to round out the year here at Jalopy Theatre and School of Music with an extravaganza! 2 stages, 30 bands, no cover! Wednesday, December 6th Stage 1: Jalopy Theatre 9:00 PM – Wyndham Baird 9:30 PM – Belle Skinner 10:00 PM – Miriam Elhajli 10:30 PM – Lord Youth 11:00 PM – Taylor & Rashad Stage 2: Jalopy Tavern 7:00pm – Jackson Lynch 8:00pm – Billy Woodward 9:00pm – Fatboy Wilson & Old Viejo Bones 10:00pm – Isto 11:00pm – Hannah Thompson Thursday, December 7th Stage 1: Jalopy Theatre 8:30 PM – Jalopy Chorus 9:00 PM – Jan Bell 9:30 PM – Queen Esther 10:00 PM – Eva Salina & Peter Stan 10:30 PM – Morgan O’Kane 11:00 PM – Mara Kaye and the Dimestore Romeos [Birthday Set!] Stage 2: Jalopy Tavern 8:00pm – Dime Store Romeos 10:00pm – Skalopy Friday, December 8th Stage 1: Jalopy Theatre 8:00 PM – Eli Smith 8:30 PM – Joanna Sternberg 9:00 PM – Brother Roy 9:30 PM – King Isto’s Tropical String Bnd 10:00 PM – 4:00 Flowers 10:30 PM – Tamar Korn 11:00 PM – Jerron Paxton 11:30 PM – Nat Myers Stage 2: Jalopy Tavern 9:00pm – Joanna Sternberg’s Weekly Jazz Jam Saturday, […]

It’s time for Vintage Train Day 2017!!! The FREE 2017 Vintage Train Jazz and Swing Festival will be held on the north end of the 96th St. Q Station Sunday Dec. 3, 11am-6pm. (Yes, the location is new!) Band schedule will be announced a few days in advance. This invite will be continually updated with more information (here and in discussion posts) right up to the date and during the event. Note: This is a totally unofficial event, completely separate from the official New York Transit Museum’s “Subway Swing” party Dec. 9. Tickets on sale 11/29. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/194469697782158/ WHAT’S HAPPENING? Sunday, Dec. 3, hundreds of jazz musicians, swing dancers, vintage clothing enthusiasts, photographers (plus families, commuters, and subway/railroad buffs) will converge on the 96th St. Q train station for a full day of music, dance, and happiness — totally FREE with your Metrocard swipe. Top-quality established AND up-and-coming jazz bands will perform throughout the day. This volunteer-driven grassroots gathering is one of the absolute highlights of the winter season for a certain subculture of jazz and vintage lifestyle fans — and the general public is welcome! Please RSVP so we have an idea how many guests we should prepare for, thank you! PRESS WELCOME Journalists, bloggers, photogs, documentarians, etc. are absolutely welcome to come and cover the event! We just ask that everyone please share or post your reports/posts/broadcasts here or online with the hashtag #NYCVINTAGETRAIN2017 so we can enjoy them later. Post any query here or on the NYC Vintage Train page. MUSIC SCHEDULE […]

STATE OF THE ARTS Fri, Dec 1, 2017   5:00 PM LEONARD BERNSTEIN, QUEEN ESTHER AND LINDA NOCHLIN This week on State of the Arts NYC, we will have the Co-Founder of New York Festival of Song, Michael Barrett as we talk about their celebration honoring the Leonard Bernstein Centenary.  Also joining us this Friday is the singer Queen Esther to help us kick off the holiday season in song — LIVE in the studio. Then we will have a very special reading of women artists, curators and creative professionals, including WBAI women producers, reading the essay “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” by the late Linda Nochlin.  Follow State of the Arts NYC on Twitter and like us on Facebook. Never miss a broadcast. Use the Tunein.com mobile app for Androids phones or itunes.com for Apple phones and hear us on the go or later at your convenience. Our spoken word podcast can be heard on 36 streaming platforms like Radio Public, Spotify, Apple Music & iheartradio. Listen to LIVE ARTS with Savona on location around the City or in our Bronx studio at Hostos Community College. Hosted by Savona Bailey-McClain, State of the Arts NYC is a weekly radio show on WBAI radio, 99.5FM, where various sectors of NYC’s arts worlds converge to report and analyze the dynamic state of the arts and its participants.

Queen Esther sings Black Americana at Superfine Two sets  — NO COVER! Queen Esther, vox + guitar Jeff McLaughlin, guitar + vox 126 Front St. in DUMBO 718 243 9005 Sunday, November 12th 7pm – 9pm Joined by guitarist Jeff McLaughlin, Queen Esther sings Black Americana — folk songs, country gospel classics and holy blues as well as original material — at DUMBO’s fave Superfine.  Relax and enjoy world class seasonal Mediterranean cuisine, microbrewery specials and listen to black country gold.