6:00 pm
Jenn Jade Ledesna Featuring James Carter – FEB. 2
Harlem Reunion: From Coltrane to Celia

Minton's Playhouse
206 West 118th Street



1st Set
7:30 pm – Doors Open 6 pm

2nd Set
9:30 pm – Doors Open 9 pm

Sets are 1 hour long
The admission price is $30.00 per set PLUS a 2 drink minimum.
* Admission may increase depending upon a given week’s performance schedule.

During performances, quiet policy is enforced !!



About Jenn Jade Ledesna 

JENNIFER JADE LEDESNA, a multilingual NYC native, is an alumnus of the New School Jazz Conservatory & the “Famed” LaGuardia Arts. A true vaudevillian at heart, Equity actress, & vocal jet setter, Ms. Jade often performs at “Aux Trois Mailletz” in Paris. She has sung at Carnegie Hall with Bobby McFerrin in the “Instant Opera! Young Artists Concert” & in the World Premiere Tour of “Chapel/Chapter” with the electric Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane Dance Company. She has graced the stages of the CHORUS Jazz Club in Lausanne, Norway’s International “Silda Jazz Festival”, Saint Croix’s “Take Five” festival, Austria’s PORGY & BESS, & just starred as “Tinima” in the new salsa-opera musical HATUEY!

Jenn has toured nationally in Theatreworks USA’s jazz musical “Corduroy.” Some of her favorite roles include: Hatuey (Tinima), The Wiz (Dorothy), Company (Marta), Carousel (Julie Jordan), Ntozake Shange’s Lulu En La Habana (Lulu), West Side Story (Maria), & I Am New York: Juan Rodriguez (Ama Caruka).

Ms. Jade has had the spectacular honor of being invited twice, consecutively, to the prestigious Kennedy Center to debut her original compositions in the highly selective “Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Residency!” In Switzerland, she was a Finalist in the historical “Montreux Jazz Festival International Voice Competition 2007!” At the Kurt Elling Master Class, IAJE 2008 in Toronto, Canada she received an award for “Outstanding Musicianship.” On television, Ms. Ledesna was featured on: Fox 5 “Good Day Street Talk”; Santiago de Chile’s “Cultura Y Tiempo Libre”; France 2 “Envoye Special” Broadway; & Bronx News 12. She has also appeared as a Semi-Finalist on CBS 2’s “Nueva Estrella Awards” – a Latin idol competition.

JJ has also appeared on the cover of The New York Times in the articles: “Review: Chutzpah? An Afro-Cuban-Yiddish Opera Worth a Schlep”, “In The South Bronx, The Arts Beckon”, “True Economic Barometer? How About Bowling”, & Boite: “Soulful Music At Its Heart”.

As a bandleader, Jenn Jade can be found gigging all around NYC, from Lincoln Center to the enchanting caves of Paris, to your local juke joint! She has toured: North America, Europe, Africa, and South America, where she was an “Ambassador of Song” for the US- Brazilian & French Consulates.

Ms. Jade has had the wondrous opportunity to perform and/or record with world renowned artists such as: ELEW, Woz Kaly, Victor Goines, Reggie Workman, Hector Martignon, Robert Glasper, Joatan Nascimento, Dave Valentin, John Benitez, Benny Powell, Manu Lanvin, Wycliffe Gordon, Junior Mance, Tarus Mateen, Victor Jones, Bobby Sanabria, Nori Shiota, Vincent Gardner, Candido Camero, David Antonio Cruz, Bobby McFerrin, Wynton Marsalis, and Bill T. Jones, among others.

Jennifer is currently composing her sophomore album; “TRUTH”, her debut release, is all original music.




About James Carter

In 2000, Carter released two albums simultaneously that amounted to an anti-manifesto, a proclamation that everything is fair game.

On Chasin’ the Gypsy, a voluptuous, lyrical session partly inspired by the timeless collaboration between Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, he assembled a thrilling group with violinist Regina Carter and Brazilian guitarist Romero Lubambo, for a project born out of some sound check jamming with Lubambo and Brazilian percussionist Cyro Baptista during a tour with Kathleen Battle. The groove-laden Layin’ in the Cut, featuring James Blood Ulmer’s former rhythm section with electric bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma and drummer Grant Calvin Weston, combines harmolodic freedom with a deep reservoir of funk, and developed out of a project inspired by another legendary guitarist, Jimi Hendrix.

He reinvented the organ combo (with 2005’s Out of Nowhere and again in 2009 with John Medeski on Heaven and Earth), explored the music of alt-rock band Pavement (on 2005’s Gold Sounds), and paid loving tribute to Billie Holiday (on 2003’s Gardenias for Lady Day). Taken in context, Carter’s creative rendezvous with composer, Roberto Sierra, with the Concerto for Saxophones and Orchestra made perfect sense.

Now Carter presents us with James Carter’s Elektrik Outlet, a new configuration within which he has found a new groove to explore. Shifting his sax into a keen array of electronics and pedals just might be the perfect “outlet” for Carter to tap into that “frustrated guitarist” that he often describes himself to be. An excellent selection of tunes from Eddie Harris, Gene Ammons, Al Jarreau, Stevie Wonder, Minnie Ripperton and others provides impetus for Carter’s Elektrik Outlet to sizzle, slide, and pop. Adding energy to the group are fellow Detroit artists, Gerard Gibbs on electronic keyboards, Ralphe Armstrong on electric bass and Alex White on drums.