THE 13TH ANNUAL JAZZ AGE LAWN PARTY ON GOVERNOR’S ISLAND! JUNE 16TH AND 17TH AUGUST 25TH AND 26TH PLEASE NOTE: Queen Esther & The Hot Five perform on Saturday, June 16th and Saturday August 25th! ACTIVITIES: *DANCE LESSONS teach you the hottest dance steps of the time: CHARLESTON and PEABODY DANCE CONTESTS (Saturday is Charleston, Sunday is Peabody) see who’s the Bee’s Knees in this lighthearted dance-off *VINTAGE PORTRAITS – You Ought To Be In Pictures, perched upon one of our Paper Moons *BATHING BEAUTIES AND BEAUS PROMENADE (Sundays only, June 17th and August 26th) – pull that itchy wool number out of the mothballs and parade it for all to admire (For entry email: email@example.com) *1920s MOTORCAR EXHIBITION get up close and personal with flivvers and Tin Lizzies *CROQUET, free and open to all. JAZZ AGE LAWN PARTY CROQUET TOURNAMENT on Sundays, June 17th and August 26th Announcing! *THE HIGH COURT OF PIE CONTEST (Sunday, August 26th Only) This year, the pie’s the limit at JALP. Announcing celebrity judges: RAIZA COSTA, host of Brazil’s Food Network sensation “Dulce Delight” http://www.delightdulce.com and ALICIA WALTER, founder of the world famous ONCE UPON A TART bakery in SoHo, NYC. http://onceuponatart.com This year’s categories are: “The Bee’s Knee’s” – for exciting and imaginative interpretation! & “Zoozled” – alcohol infused! Both winning bakers will be featured on an episode of “Dulce Delight”! Contestants must pre-register for contest and specify category at firstname.lastname@example.org. Pie must be submitted to the High Court Of Pie table by 12:30pm on Sunday. Winners will be announce from Main Stage at 3:45pm. Note: Pie Baking Contest happens on Sunday, August 27th ONLY! *KIDLAND carnival games and prizes for junior gents and Flapperettes *TWO EXPANSIVE, JUMBO-SIZED WOODEN DANCE FLOORS set up […]
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, […]
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: […]