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
Hot Jazz Sunset Sundays at Gallow Green August 12th at 7pm — Queen Esther and her Quartet + Blind Boy Paxton with Phonograph DJ MAC on the gramophone The Rooftop at The McKittrick Hotel 542 West 27th Street, New York City Admission is FREE! Co-presented by the New York Hot Jazz Festival and The McKittrick Hotel, Hot Jazz Sunset Sundays at Gallow Green is an all new series at our rooftop hideaway. Join us atop the hotel each week at 7pm as we showcase the best hot jazz in New York City. Food and libations are available for purchase and while reservations are not required, we do suggest booking a table should you wish to dine. Reservations are available by calling 212-564-1662 or by clicking here.
Hilliard Greene Trio featuring Queen Esther Harlem Afternoon Jazz Series Greater Calvary Baptist Church 43-55 W. 124th St. (between Malcolm X Blvd & Marcus Garvey Park harlemjazzboxx.com Every Tuesday afternoon and Friday evening Harlem play’s host to some of today’s most talented jazz musicians and history’s greatest jazz music in a musical tribute of epic proportions. Concertgoers will spend each Tuesday afternoon or Friday evening surrounded by the cool vibrations of jazz as they are soothed and invigorated by seemingly magical strings and horns. This is an event for all of the senses, and it is meant to be both mentally and spiritually up lifting. Tuesday Afternoon: There are two sets — 1st set: Noon – 12:45pm (15-min break) 2nd set: 1:00 – 1:45. The house doors open at 11:30 a.m. Each year thousands of visitors and tourists flock to Harlem club’s seeking to experience and hear the soulful music that Harlem has come to be known for. No more waiting for the lights to go down or paying a hefty price to enjoy the soulful immortal sounds and rhythms of Duke Ellington, Lena Horne, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis (to name just a few). Their voices and music live on throughout the city as performers pay tribute to these greats every day. Harlem Jazz Series mission is to preserve, promote and perpetuate the music which is indigenous to North America: blues, jazz, gospel and all genres which derive from our African American heritage.
Deco on the Delaware Philadelphia’s Premiere Jazz Age Event! Saturday, August 4th 11am – 5pm Glen Foerd Riverfront Estate 5001 Grant Ave. Featuring music and dance from: Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra Drew Nugent and The Midnight Society Queen Esther & Her Quartette The Dreamland Follies The Fishtown Footers Glen Foerd is a public park where people of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to enjoy a rich natural landscape, historic buildings and impressive art collection surrounded by a grand, intact 19th century estate. The site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Historic American Landscape Survey. Glen Foerd is the last Delaware River estate in Philadelphia open to the public. In addition to the Gilded Age mansion, other historic structures on the property include a boathouse, garden house, cottage, gatehouse, observation tower, and carriage house. The 30,000 square foot mansion includes an art gallery and rathskellar.
Singer Meets Saxophonist Christopher McBride featuring Queen Esther Mintons Harlem 206 W. 118th St. Sunday, July 29th Two sets — 7:30pm and 9pm Doors open at 6pm! For reservations, click here. Superb alto saxophonist Christopher McBride has been slowly but steadily turning heads with his ubiquitous work as an invaluable sideman since the mid-aughts. Now Christopher is gaining respect amongst fans, critics and his peers as one of the most versatile musicians in the world. His 2012 debut album Quatuor de Force certainly establishes his ability to front a group and write his own soulful, melodically indelible tunes. Applauded for his ability to play in all musical situations, McBride has the ability to unleash a fiery attack and serrated tone, but on his recent album he explores a more measured, mellow sound heavily influenced by contemporary R&B—with a strong shot of Cannonball Adderley’s post-bop sensuality–but his improvising is very rigorous and cogent. 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 […]
Queen Esther sings Black Americana Summer Sounds on the Square Franklin Square Saturday, July 28th — 6pm – 8pm Philadelphia, PA FREE! Visitors to Franklin Square can enjoy FREE live musical performances and a beer garden all summer long as part of Summer Sounds in the Historic District, a series of popular concerts and new programming curated by VISIT PHILADELPHIA®. Franklin Square isn’t just about mini golf and carousel rides. Philly’s favorite play place is also home to a wide variety of special events, all year long. From festivals to musical performances to holiday celebrations, there’s always something new to check out in Franklin Square!