New Year’s Eve! Queen Esther & The Hot Five at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Grand Foyer Party Washington, DC Join Queen Esther and her coterie of jazz musicians as they celebrate one of the most exciting periods in Billie Holiday’s career – her influential small band recordings from John Hammond’s “sing-swing” sessions of the 1930s. 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 Records, their task was to record pop tunes in the new “swing” style for the burgeoning jukebox market. With Miss Holiday as instrumentalist on equal footing with the legendary musicians that accompanied her, what they created set the template for jazz vocalists, small combos and swing music, and created an immutable body of work. Let the timeless sounds of Lady Day’s earliest sessions keep you dancing all night long and swing you into the new year! The Hot Five: Jeremy Bacon, piano and MD Patience Higgins, tenor sax Todd Londagin, […]
If you miss us at The Jazz Age Lawn Party, watch our live simulcast at The Kennedy Center! Queen Esther and The Hot Five at The Kennedy Center! Queen Esther Sings Vaudeville Blues Millennium Stage Saturday, June 18th at 6pm To watch the simulcast, click here. The Forever Gershwin After-party! 9:30pm – 11:30pm Both shows are free and open to the public! From the Kennedy Center website: Presented in conjunction with Jason Moran’s Forever Gershwin performance with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Kennedy Center MyTix program and Community Engagement department offer a FREE pre- and post-NSO show 1920s Hot Jazz dance party. Dance along as Queen Esther and her jazz collective The Hot Five pay homage to a bevy of classic blues singers, including Bessie Smith, Alberta Hunter, and Queen Victoria Spivey. Dance instructors will be on hand to lead the audience in dancing cheek-to-cheek in the Grand Foyer and under the willow trees on the River Terrace for a magical evening that will surely be a night to remember.
The Bohemian Benevolent Literary Association present Beseda Ball 2016: The Roaring Twenties in Prague Saturday, April 2ndat The Bohemian National Hall 321 E. 73rd St. 212 988 1733 FEATURING Queen Esther and The Hot Five Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra BBLA presents The Roaring Twenties in Prague, a new thematic concept featured at the 2016 Beseda Ball. We are proud to introduce our guests of honor: H. E. Petr Gandalovic, Ambassador to the United States; H. E. Edita Hrda, Ambassador to the United Nations; and Hon. Martin Dvorak, Consul General. Program: Cocktail Reception at 7:00 PM Dinner at 8:00 PM Dancing at 9:00 PM Michael Arenella & His Dreamland Orchestra and Queen Esther & her Trio will take you through the journey of the Roaring Twenties with authentic music. The whole evening will be spiced up by performances of Roddy Caravella and the Canarsie Wobblers. The historical stylings of Michael Arenella & His Dreamland Orchestra. Michael Arenella is not only a lively and dapper songster and musician, but also a composer and arranger who transcribes by hand, their entire repertoire from period recordings of the 1920s and 1930s. The delivery and approach are not only faithfully accurate and sincere, but also timeless. They have appeared at the New Haven Jazz Festival, Guggenheim Museum, Midsummers Night Swing, Near Year’s Eve Eve Salon, and has produced the Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor’s Island which was called one of the 5 most memorable events of the year by the New York Times. – See more at: […]
Gemini and Scorpio present Swing House speakeasy, remixed featuring Queen Esther & The Hot Five Saturday, September 19th 9pm to late $20 — $10 after 1am for the retro dance party A classic speakeasy party in a secret Brooklyn loft, with live swingin’ sounds by vintage jazz bands, blazing burlesque divas, exotic cocktails, and the best electro-swing DJs remixing and reinventing vintage grooves late into the night. “Gatsby-era fun with a twist of new-school vibe” (The Village Voice). The night starts with an introductory dance class for swing basics by Brooklyn Swings, who teach at our loft every Monday night. Live music until 1am by Queen Esther and the The Hot Five, playing sultry originals and expert renditions of rare all-American standards from the 1920s-30s. Burlesque fabulousness during and between by Delilah and Legs Malone. Sweet remixed vintage beats after, until the dancing is done. The Jazz Age never ended, it just got funky. Dress accordingly: “An event worth wearing that ridiculous zoot suit for.” – TimeOut NY; “Corsets and top hats tweaked with studs and leather are totally appropriate.” – The New York Times. Suggestions: vintage (1920s-1940s) with a modern twist, cabaret, burlesque, Weimar Berlin, classic Hollywood, classy, sassy, tailored, hats, feathers, sequins, beads. Effort required. Dress code modern-friendly after 1am for the electro-swing dance party.
Queen Esther and The Hot Five perform at The Jazz Age Lawn Party Saturday, June 13th and Saturday, August 15th Governor’s Island 11am – 5pm For tickets, click here! **All ticket sales final. No refunds or date transfers available** Make history with us this Summer. Celebrating our 10th anniversary, Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra invite you to the beloved Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island. Originating as an intimate gathering of eccentrics toasting Jazz Age culture, it has evolved into one of the world’s grandest and longest running events of its kind. The vibrancy, optimism and inventiveness of the Jazz Age and its living legacy continue resonate with generation after generation, now more than ever. Governor’s Island becomes the backdrop for this cultural phenomenon for the tenth year this Summer. This trip through time begins on a breezy ferry with breathtaking views of Manhattan and Lady Liberty en route to NYC’s hidden gem, Governors Island. Once ashore, a sprawling green awaits, nestled under a canopy of century-old trees, caressed by fresh sea air, surrounded by historic architecture – a dream where time stops, nestled right in the heart of New York Harbor. For the seventh consecutive year, that picnic-perfect potion, St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur will be our signature spirit. In addition, we are pleased to announce the return of legendary mixtress Julie Reiner (co-owner of Clover Club, Flatiron Lounge and Pegu Club) to the Lawn Party family to lend her magic to our refreshing summer cocktail list. Widely anticipated by flappers, sporting gents and […]