CD RELEASE PARTY: “MEET ME AT MINTON’S”
JC HOPKINS BIGGISH BAND CD RELEASE BASH FOR NEW ALBUM “MEET ME AT MINTON’S”
JUNE 24TH 2016 AT MINTON’S HARLEM
SETS 7:30 & 9:30
Jazzmeia Horn, Queen Esther, Charles Turner- vocals, JC Hopkins- piano, Claire Daly- bari sax, Julian Pressley- alto sax, Chelsea Baratz- tenor sax, Shareef Clayton, Lessie Vonner – trumpets, Charles Goold – drums, Eric Wheeler- bass, Solomon Hicks-guitar
The new album by Grammy nominated JC Hopkins and his Biggish Band, “MEET ME AT MINTON’S” showcases outstanding performances by legendary vocalists JON HENDRICKS, ANDY BEY plus rising stars BRIANNA THOMAS, JAZZMEIA HORN, ALICIA OLATUJA, CHARLES TURNER and QUEEN ESTHER backed by an electrifying 12 piece band that “features some of New York’s finest musicians”- NY TIMES.
“Meet Me at Minton’s” is the kind of jazz record that only comes along once in a blue moon. Over a yearlong residency at Dick Parsons’ famed Harlem supper club, the JC Hopkins Biggish Band honed their sound and the result is this musical chronicle. The album begins with a scorching vocal by Brianna Thomas, and virtuosic solos by Troy Roberts and Bruce Harris on Hopkins’ original “Remember When” and doesn’t let up from there. On “Suddenly (In Walked Bud)”, elder statesman and jazz’s poet laureate Jon Hendricks trades 4’s with the new wave, Charles Turner and Brianna Thomas, in a generational hopping scat. Ballads by Andy Bey whose evocative vocal on the Hendricks’ lyric to the Monk tune, “Looking Back (Reflections)” featuring harpist Brandee Younger, is spine tingling, Alicia Olatuja voice soars on Hopkins beautiful composition “Dreams Come True”, previously covered by Norah Jones and Willie Nelson, and the album closes with Jazzmeia Horn in a duet with Jon Hendricks to his lyric for Monk’s ballad “How I Wish (Ask Me Now)”. The special chemistry between Charles Turner and Queen Esther are featured as they parade through the title track “Meet Me at Minton’s” and the Billie Holiday classic “Spreadin’ Rhythm Around.” Young guitar phenom Solomon Hicks and the ever-versatile Kathy Sledge also turn in outstanding performances. Over the course of this 13 song album the listener is treated to swinging arrangements comparable to Tadd Dameron and Billy May and solos by a top notch band that features Claire Daly, Charles Goold, Noah Jackson, Corey Wallace, Christopher McBride and vibraphonist Joseph Doubleday.