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
Shanghai Mermaid presents Shanghai Express: Harlem Wednesday, December 4th 1933 8:30pm – 12:30am EARLY BIRD TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW! Live music, dancing, cocktails. Hot jazz and blues by Queen Esther & The Hot Five Burlesque performances by Delysia Lachatte you are invited to a party (series) inspired by the 1932 film shanghai express, about an eccentric cast of characters traveling from peking to shanghai. each soirée takes place at a different stop along the imagined route of that train. this time, we’ll be stopping over in a subterranean harlem speakeasy in the late years of the harlem renaissance, and on the 86th anniversary of the eve of the repeal of prohibition. HOW MUCH: $25/$29/$35 (early bird/advance/door) WHERE: Alley Cat in The Beekman 10 Theater Alley New York City
Prohibition Productions presents Prohibition Fridays every Friday // 6:00-11:00pm SECRET ROOM NYC – 707 8th Ave (btw 44th & 45th Streets) Happy Hour 6-8pm // 21+w.ID to drink No minimum at bar, or $25 minimum at tables! reservations required for entry at www.SecretRoomNYC.com/Reservation Join us every Friday at our new weekly Prohibition Cabaret… a speakeasy from another era in midtown featuring smokin’ hot jazz bands, glamorous Chanteuses, scintillating Burlesque, tap dancers, swing dancing, DJs, special guests, plus food & drink specials and all in the heart of Times Square!
Prohibition Productions presents The Hot Toddies featuring Queen Esther hot jazz & swing at Sugar East secret cocktails & small bites 1125 First Avenue (61st & 62nd) New York City Complimentary cocktail tasting, 5pm – 7pm Live music, 7pm – 10pm NO COVER! Sugar East NYC is a discreet subterranean lounge offering Prohibition Speakeasy-worthy cocktails. Speakeasy Sessions will offer live bands and the opportunity to celebrate the four pillars of Sugar East: Escape, Luxury, Style and Play. * Please RSVP for tables – https://tinyurl.com/yy6cmfnm PLEASE NOTE: This venue allows smoking. It is one of 5 in the city that was “grandfathered” in. It seems only few people smoke each night, and isn’t too bad as they also have good filtration & circulation.
PROHIBITION FRIDAYS The Hot Toddies w/Queen Esther Friday September 13th + 27th and October 10th + 25th, 2019 7:30 PM – 11:30 PM SECRET ROOM NYC 707 8th Avenue Join us every Friday at our new weekly Prohibition Cabaret… a speakeasy from another era in midtown featuring smokin’ hot jazz bands, glamorous Chanteuses, scintillating Burlesque, swing dancing, DJs, and exquisite food & drink specials! * 3x sets of hot jazz & swing by The Hot Toddies – w/Gabe Terracciano (violin), TBA (reeds), Vinny Raniolo (guitar), TBA (bass), Patrick Soluri (drums). * chanteuse Queen Esther * burlesque by Sapphire Jones * tap & burlesque by Gin Minsky * MC & burlesque by Velvetina Taylor * DJ Andrius Sc * Swing Dance performances by Tony & Jaime * food & drink specials * gorgeous room w/space to dance * convient location on 8th Ave btw 44th & 45th st admission: * $25 (incl 1 premium drink) // $75 Prix Fixe Dinner * NO COVER for swing dancers or those dressed in vintage! (on venue’s event page click “make reservation,” fill out form, & purchase at least one item during event) — Instigated by Prohibition Productions and Secret Room NYC
Brooklyn’s Dance Around Downtown: Swing Eyal Vilner Big Band featuring Queen Esther September 26th DJ Ryan Swift from Frim Fram Jam // MC Dandy Wellington Dance lesson by Evita Arce The Dance Around Downtown series brings different dance forms to the various plazas in Downtown Brooklyn all summer long. The final stop in our series is Swing at MetroTech Commons! As swing grew in popularity around the country, the epicenter was NYC, the birthplace of Lindy Hop. Join us for live music and social dancing, hosted each week by MC Dandy Wellington, featuring the best bands, DJs, and dance teachers in the Big Apple. This event is outdoors in Metrotech Commons. Dancers, please note surface is concrete, so bring appropriate shoes! ———– SCHEDULE (updated sept 10th): 5:00 – 5:20 DJ 5:20 – 5:45 lesson #1 & DJ 5:45 – 6:45 band 1st set 6:45 – 7:10 lesson #2 & DJ 7:10 – 8:00 band 2nd set DIRECTIONS: A / C / F / R train to Jay St Metrotech; 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 to Borough Hall; or B / Q to Dekalb Ave. *** presented by Downtown Brooklyn with Prohibition Productions.