Queen Esther & Her Royal Quartet — featuring John Dokes
Charles Goold, drums
Hilliard Greene, double bass
Patience Higgins, tenor sax
Sharp Radway, piano
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. Queen Esther and Her Royal Quartet will present a few of these timeless classics for your listening and dancing pleasure.
JOHN DOKES at LINCOLN CENTER
QUEEN ESTHER I’VE GOT THE CRAZY BLUES
QUEEN ESTHER BIOGRAPHY
Imported from South Carolina’s Lowcountry and the ATL respectively, vocalist, songwriter, musician, public speaker and producer Queen Esther resides in Harlem and continues to perform internationally with her mentor harmelodic guitar icon James “Blood” Ulmer in various projects — including a recent European tour with his iconic free jazz group Odyssey — as she forges her own sonic path.
Described by Vanity Fair as “…a brutal, original, explosive singer,” recent highlights include a TED Talk about the erasure of African-Americans in country and bluegrass, headlining at Dizzy’s in Lincoln Center with her project Queen Esther sings Billie Holiday: The Lost Classics and a performance of original Black Americana at the 2018 Obama Foundation Summit in Chicago, Ill.
“. . . Dokes sets his after hours sights on being this generation’s standard bearer for classic jazz vocal. Already a known quantity for his work with George Gee’s orchestra, Dokes does this magnificent job of taking you back to the day without this being a set of manqué-ing around. Swinging and warm throughout, you will find yourself wondering who this is from back then when it finally hits you this is now. Note perfect throughout, this is a wonderful return to class and sophistication that just can’t be beat. Hot stuff.”
— Chris Spector, Midwest Record
The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. is America’s premier legal organization fighting for racial justice. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, LDF seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans. LDF also defends the gains and protections won over the past 75 years of civil rights struggle and works to improve the quality and diversity of judicial and executive appointments. LDF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
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Topic: Swing Remix Virtual Party | NAACP BENEFIT
Time: Jun 26, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Meeting ID: 936 3369 2415
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