Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra presents The 12th bi-annual Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor’s Island Saturday, June 10th & 11th 11am – 5pm PLEASE NOTE: Queen Esther & The Hot Five play the main stage on June 10th. For tickets, click here.About Jazz Age Lawn PartyJazz Age Lawn Party, now approaching its 12th year, is the world’s original and largest prohibition era inspired gathering. The event started as a small gathering in 2005 on NYC’s Governors Island, and has since grown into one of New York City’s most beloved events. This historically sold out event attracts thousands of time travelers each year, who come together to discover the music and zeitgeist of the 1920s.Consistently selected by the New York Times as one of the year’s most memorable events, Jazz Age Lawn Party offers a unique, interactive opportunity to relive one of the most colorful and formative epochs in American history. Performances That Channel the Jazz Age! MICHAEL ARENELLA AND HIS DREAMLAND ORCHESTRA is the world’s premier Jazz Age dance orchestra, specializing in the Hot-Jazz of the 1920s. Conductor, composer, musician and crooner Michael Arenella presents a personally transcribed, one-of-a-kind songbook for your listening and dancing pleasure. In the afternoon – listen and dance to the world’s finest 1920s dance orchestra – Michael Arenella & His Dreamland Orchestra – playing before an enormous sun-dappled dance floor. Join in on 1920s dance lessons and rub elbows with other fashionable Flappers and sporting gents, bedecked in their freshest holiday linens and straw hats. Witness the bedazzling Dreamland Follies, […]
MTA’s Subway Swing! A Nostalgia Boogie for the Ages Saturday, December 10th at 7pm $25 Queens-bound 2nd Avenue F train platform and The MTA Museum Hop on board our Nostalgia Swing Train for a special express ride from 2nd Avenue station to the Transit Museum in Downtown Brooklyn! Then, triple-step your way through our 1936 decommissioned subway station with FOUR live jazz bands, swing dancing, and vintage fashion – an after-hours boogie for the ages! Ticket price includes a one-way ride on the Nostalgia Swing Train, and admission to the party at the Museum. Tickets will be $25 and go on sale at 1pm on Thursday, December 1. Tickets must be purchased in advance. No sales will be conducted on the day of the event. We expect this event to sell out quickly, so act fast! Can’t make the party? Enjoy Holiday Rides on our vintage fleet of 1930s R1-9 cars every Sunday through December 18, and check out our collection of vintage train cars at the Museum year-round! http://www.nytransitmuseum.org/swing Photography and video recording are permitted onboard the train and at the Transit Museum. However, tripods and stands may not be used. All photographs taken are for personal use only and permission to photograph may be revoked at any time. Refunds are not available for ticketed programs. Should you be unable to attend, the full price of unused tickets may be treated as a donation to the Transit Museum and is tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. We will be meeting […]
Queen Esther performs at the American Folk Art Museum 2 Lincoln Center, New York City Accompanied by guitarist Jeff McLaughlin, Queen Esther plays a short acoustic set of selections from her latest Black Americana album The Other Side for the American Folk Art Museum’s Free Music Fridays series at 6:40pm. Music featured at the Free Music Fridays series thematically reflects the spirit of the self-taught art on view at the museum. Support the proceedings with a donation-based cash wine bar. Admission is always free. Hosted by Lara Ewen.
FREE Rooftop Jazz in Chelsea with Queen Esther, 6pm – 9pm Cambria Hotel 123 W. 28th St. Accompanied by pianist Jeremy Bacon and bassist Ben Rubin, Queen Esther sings the great American songbook for your after work/happy hour/listening pleasure for three sets, starting at 6pm. You can expect to hear everything from 1930s swing to the smooth, easy listening sounds of the 70s — and yes, a few originals! Jeremy Bacon (pianist) is an extremely creative and dynamic jazz pianist, fusing the raw volcanic energy of Don Pullen (one of his first important teachers) with the more introspective style of Fred Hersch(one of his last). Jeremy has also studied intensive classical technique with Sophia Rosoff of the Abby Whiteside Foundation, and Edna Golandski of the Taubman institute. He has played all over the world with his own group and as a sideman with others, including Charles Fambrough, Frank Lacy, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Jeff Ballard, Mike Mossman, Ugonna Okegwo, Pat Martino, Ralph Bowen, Joe Ford, Billy Hart and Warren March, just to name a few. Ben Rubin (double bass) is a Grammy-nominated producer, (re-)mixer, bassist and composer. From performing at the Newport Jazz Festival and the Cannes Film Festival with Dred Scott Trio to producing remixes for Killah Priest and Karsh Kale, Brooklyn-based Rubin is a musical shapeshifter. With over 80 album credits to his name, Rubin has ranked high in the DownBeat Critics’ Polls every year since 2012 as a “Rising Star” producer for his work with the SmallsLive record label where he produced and […]
Melody + Word: FREE Outdoor Black Americana Concert! Curated by NewSong Music and produced by Arts Brookfield Thursday, July 14 at 12:30pm Grace Building Plaza (across from Bryant Park) 1114 Avenue of the Americas New York City Queen Esther and The Blue Crowns perform a set of original Black Americana songs deep in the heart of New York City for Melody + Word concert series. Melody + Word is a lunchtime series featuring some of the best upcoming singer-songwriters from an array of genres. Stop by the Plaza in Grace Building in midtown on Thursdays this July to enjoy the sounds of summer! The Blue Crowns: Boo Reiners — acoustic guitar Kelvyn Bell — electric guitar Hilliard Greene — bass