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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  

Michael Arenella Presents The Sweetheart Soiree Saturday, February 10th at 9pm Norwood 241 W. 14th St.  NYC RETURN TO ROMANCE AT MICHAEL ARENELLA’S SWEETHEART SOIREE. For our Soirée’s eighth, amorous year, we have the pleasure of hosting at the only rendezvous befitting -NORWOOD. “A home for the curious,” the landmarked 1847 mansion is a private club. Enjoy a rare opportunity to experience this stylishly bohemian hideaway as our guest. Whether with an amour, wedded to one you adore, or hoping to meet the one you’re looking for, this promises to be an evening of enchantment and intrigue. Plush seating, room for dancing, decadent cocktails and an array of delectable hors d’oeuvres and sweets assure a most divine affair. A passionate programme of entertainment will be featured over four floors of this lavish Victorian manse: MICHAEL ARENELLA and sextet, your devoted host and beloved bandleader. Jazz royalty, QUEEN ESTHER and trio. Enjoy a dance lesson for both singles and doubles at 9:30pm with ever-dapper and adorable RODDY CARAVELLA. A checky portrait in our SWEETHEART KISSING BOOTH with your nibs. Cupid-approved cocktails, wine and beer are available for purchase at three unique bars. Complinetary gourmet hors d’ oeuvres and sweet treats will be served throughout the evening. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH DOORS AT 9PM LIVE ENTERTAINMENT FROM 9:30PM – 1AM ADMISSION: $95 ALL GUESTS MUST BE 21 AND OVER FORMAL EVENING ATTIRE IS ENCOURAGED Tickets to this elegant event are quite limited and available only in advance at sweetheartsoiree2018.eventbrite.com So please don’t tarry, my darling.

PAQ MUSIC UNPLUGGED in collaboration with Airbnb presents: Folk & Americana at a Craft Distillery Queen Esther & Henry Black @ The New York Distilling Company / The Shanty 79 Richardson St. between Leonard & Lorimer Williamsburg, Brooklyn For tickets, click here! 7:30pm   $30 Prepare to be captivated by NYC’s best Singer-Songwriters, Folk, and Americana artists as you enjoy an intimate night of live music at a premiere craft distillery in Brooklyn. You can expect to see two separate musical acts as well as enjoy some free drinks and light snacks by local food artisans. You’ll also have the option to play some games and mingle with the artists. Arrive at 7:30 and enjoy happy hour on delicious cocktails until the music starts at 8 pm. Henry Black — 8pm Queen Esther — 9pm The Hosts will provide: 2 complimentary drinks 1 shot of craft rye whiskey + 1 drink Entrance to the event Light snacks Spotlight on locally made products such as charcuterie by Charlito’s CocinaPhoto ID Required **In order to respect the artists, please plan to arrive no later than 7:45. The first performance begins promptly at 8:00**

“…a brutal, original, explosive singer.” – Vanity Fair 24/7 Artist Development presents Queen Esther Sings Jazz & Black Americana APAP Showcase Yamaha Artist Services 689 Fifth Avenue at 54th St. 3rd fl. Sunday, January 14th at 4pm Presented by Karen Kennedy of 24/7 Artist Development, Queen Esther will perform a 30 minute APAP showcase of (mostly) original songs — jazz and Black Americana — at Yamaha Artist Services in midtown Manhattan. Expect a snapshot of twang from her critically acclaimed album The Other Side, a new song or two from her upcoming jazz album Things Are Looking Up! — and of course, storytelling. Admission is free. To RSVP, email info@queen-esther.com THE BAND: Queen Esther, vocals + guitar Boo Reiners, acoustic guitar Jeff McLaughlin, electric guitar Noah Jackson, double bass Warren Smith, drums

NY Jazz Festival and Shanghai Mermaid present Storyville Stomp: Last Night in Storyville December 16th — 7:30pm and 10pm PLEASE NOTE: 7:30pm show is sold out.  Second show added! Tickets are now available for the 10pm show. Travel back in time for an exhilarating multi-stage immersive jazz age experience inspired by Storyville, New Orleans, the famed red-light district where early jazz flourished until it was shut down in 1917. The evening will include hot jazz by Aurora Nealand and The Royal Roses, Jon-Erik Kellso’s Mahogany Hall Pleasure Society Jazz Band featuring vocalist Mara Kaye, Dennis Lichtman’s Hottet featuring blues stylist Queen Esther, blues singer Blind Boy Paxton, and ragtime and stride pianist Dalton Ridenhour.  Dancers and performance artists will include Gaby Galore & Her Sugar Shakers, burlesque queen Perle Noire, Phonograph DJ MAC, and Lillian Lorraine & Her Lovely Ladies. Hosted by Juliette Campbell, founder of Shanghai Mermaid, in celebration of the time-traveling cabaret’s 10th anniversary. Performances will be occurring at multiple locations in the downstairs level of Symphony Space. Patrons are free to move about the spaces during the event. Seating is not guaranteed at each performance location. In partnership with New York Hot Jazz Festival, Shanghai Mermaid, and Rolling Fork Music

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.