This is your open invitation to join us on Thursday for our legendary jam sessions with the Minton’s House Band!
BY THE ARTIST, FOR THE ARTIST
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From 8PM to 11PM the music doesn’t stop!
Reservations take seating priority.
No Cover/No Minimum PLUS a Free Drink for Artists who take the stage!
General Admission Ticket: $20
Student Ticket (must show ID. limited quantity):
$10 online – $15 at the door
($20 Minimum Spend Per Guest) ($10 Minimum Spend Per Student)
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Hosted by the Minton’s Playhouse Band:
Jenn Jade (host/vox)
Vuyo Sotashe (host/vox)
Benny Benack III (host/vox/trumpet)
Mathis Picard (piano)
Russell Hall (bass)
Bryan Carter (drums)
Doors open at 6PM.
House Band warms up the night with a one hour set at 8PM.
Around 9:30PM The House Band will open up the stage to any musicians/guests who would like to perform.
People who are planning to perform on stage do not have to purchase an entry ticket. There is NO COVER/NO MINIMUM FOR PEOPLE WHO GET ON STAGE.
You are eligible for ONE FREE DRINK TICKET after you finish performing. Find the Manager for the drink ticket.
Those who purchase tickets online have table reservation priority.
No-show Table reservations are forfeited at 9:30PM. Please come on time!
WHO’S WHO – The Minton’s Playhouse Band
JENNIFER JADE LEDESNA
This triple threat, stage mage, native Bronx polyglot is an alumna of the New School Jazz Conservatory & the “Famed” LaGuardia Arts. A Montreux Jazz Voice Competition Finalist, Equity actress, & “Betty Carter Jazz Ahead” composer, Ms. Jade often performs at “Aux Trois Mailletz” in Paris, “Jazz Na Avenida” in Bahia, & the legendary “Minton’s Playhouse” in Harlem, NYC.
She’s sung at Carnegie Hall w Bobby McFerrin in “INSTANT OPERA!”, in the World Premiere Tour of “CHAPEL/CHAPTER” w the Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane Dance Co. She’s graced the stages of the CHORUS Jazz Club in Lausanne, Norway’s International “Silda Jazz Fest” w her group “RAJAFRO”, Saint Croix’s “Take Five Fest”, Santiago de Chile’s “Teatro Municipal de Las Condes”, & Austria’s PORGY & BESS, to name a few.
Ms. Jade has also shared the stage with Elew, Dave Valentin, Roy Hargrove, Wycliffe Gordon, Joatan Nascimento, Junior Mance, James Carter, Benny Powell, Candido Camero, & Wynton Marsalis, among others. JJ recently starred as “Tinima” in the opera-musical HATUEY: MEMORY OF FIRE!, in the feature film SINCE I LEFT YOU as Tempest, is currently on tour & recording in Brasil, & will soon be headed to SF to perform in David Antonio Cruz’s “GREEN HOW I WANT YOU GREEN.”
Is a NYC based vocalist, composer, & performer originally from South Africa. Since moving to the United states as a Fulbright Scholar, he has performed with celebrated jazz legends including Dee Dee Bridgewater, Jimmy Heath, George Benson, Al Jarreau, Barry Harris, & Winard Harper, among others.
Recently, he appeared with Wynton Marsalis & the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra as a featured artist on his 2018 Winter Tour across the USA. Sotashe has also appeared as a leader & sideman at the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Monterey Jazz Festival, Cape Town International Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Fest, Joy of Jazz, & Arcevia Jazz Festivals. Sotashe is the recipient of the Van Lier Fellowship for Music at Joe’s Pub/Public Theater for 2018-2019. He collaborated & performed in Somi Kakoma’s debut theater work “Dreaming Zenzile”, which premiered at Joe’s Pub & the Apollo, & made his commercial-off-broadway debut as part of the cast in “Black Light”, created by performance artist Daniel Alexander Jones in February & October of 2018. Sotashe has gone on to premier a new play, “Cartography” by Kaneza Schaal & Christopher Myres at the Kennedy Center in January of 2019, which was at the New Victory Theater in January 2020. Currently he performs as one of the fronting vocalists in the internationally touring, multi-disciplinary band collective Mwenso and the Shakes, while leading his own ensemble appearing on stages across the United States, & around the world. Sotashe continues to create, collaborate, record, & perform as an indelible creative voice both in his home country & the international scene.
BENNY BENACK III
Trumpeter and Vocalist Benny Benack III has already become a leading voice in Jazz for his generation; at 31 years old, his trademark ebullience & energy onstage assures his audiences he’s got “A Lot of Livin’ to Do” still to come! His sophomore album of that title featured the likes of Christian McBride & Ulysses Owens Jr. & even had a viral smash hit w/his vocalese rendition of “Social Call” ft. Veronica Swift that’s been transcribed & covered by artists around the world. Finishing 3rd in the 2021 Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Competition and being voted #5 Rising Star Male Jazz Vocalist in the most recent Downbeat Critics Poll proves Benack’s chops as a crooner are just as viable as his trumpet playing, making him the rare true double threat. Whether it’s leading his weekly jam session residency at Smalls Jazz Club in NYC, performing piano trio at the Cafe Carlyle, or touring domestically & internationally headlining clubs & festivals, “BB3” is one of the most in-demand entertainers in Jazz music today!
Saxophonist, bandleader, composer, & educator currently based in New York City. Growing up in Oregon, she was introduced to the music through her father’s record collection, & studied in programs dedicated to learning jazz music and priming students for touring and performing, such as the award winning American Music Program & Next Generation Jazz Orchestra. She moved to the East Coast to attend William Paterson University, where she studied with Mulgrew Miller, Harold Mabern, & Rich Perry, & assumed permanent residence in NYC in 2015.
She established herself as a rising saxophonist and indemand sideperson, performing throughout North & South America, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, and working with esteemed artists such as with Wynton Marsalis, Christian McBride, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Victor Lewis, George Cables, Billy Hart, Esperanza Spalding, Renee Rosnes, Kenny Washington, Reggie Workman, George Colligan, Joel Ross Ulysses Owens, Ben Wolfe, Mike Clark, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Joe Farnsworth, Allison Miller, Geoffrey Keezer, Gene Perla, Luis Perdomo, Aaron Diehl, and Rodney Green. Additionally, she joined Latin Grammy winning artist Buika for her 2019 world tour, & was invited to join Blue Note supergroup ARTEMIS beginning in 2020.
Deemed as “One to watch” by Jazzwize magazine, Mr. Picard is a French – Malagasy Pianist & Composer. As a solo pianist, Mathis has played for NY Fashion Week, Little Island, Umbria Jazz Festival, & is featured on several records. His solo album “Live At The Museum” was released under critical acclaim in January 2022.
As a bandleader, Mathis’s large ensemble “The Sound Orchestra” has performed bicoastally. Their debut genre-bending EP “World Unity” was released in 2020 on Outside In Music Records which put him on the map as “A fascinating name to follow in any context” (All About Jazz). Artists that Mathis has worked with include: Braxton Cook, Mwenso & The Shakes, Ron Carter, Lillias White, Lee Ritenour, Kindness, Veronica Swift, Wynton Marsalis, Etienne Charles & more!
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Russell Hall began his journey as an actor from the tender age of 3. Performing in Jamaican adaptations of popular musicals to serious prose, he was destined to take the stage. Everything changed when he migrated to the United States in 2007. Under the tutelage of The Commodores, he discovered the bridge between the world of drama & the world of music. He progressed quickly from the electric bass to the double bass through the rigorous programs of The Dillard Center for the Arts & The Juilliard School.
Now, he is revered as one of the most in demand artist in New York City, performing with some of the biggest names in music, dance & film. His work is featured on the Grammy nominated album “My Favorite Things” by Joey Alexander, “Motherless Brooklyn”, a film by Edward Norton which was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Score, and HBO’s “Masterclass Series” which feature Wynton Marsalis as a master teacher which was nominated for an Emmy.
Russell’s own work has been acknowledged with prestige in some of the most renowned venues & festivals around the world such as The Appel Room, The St. Lucia Jazz Festival, The Apollo, The Marciac Jazz Festival and many more. His most recent album, “The Feeling Of Romance”, is available on all platforms.
With a confidence reflecting an instrumental & compositional maturity that both belie his age & announce the arrival of a remarkable talent, Bryan Carter exudes what promises a highly successful career.
Shortly after completing his training at The Juilliard School, Carter has already played with legendary artists including McCoy Tyner, Wynton Marsalis, Marcus Roberts, Kenny Barron, Michael Feinstein and Kurt Elling.
When Bryan isn’t working in the worlds of film, television & broadway he can be found touring the world with his band, “Bryan Carter & The Swangers” or its larger counterpart, “The Swangers Orchestra”. Bryan served as the drummer for NBC’S “Maya & Marty” and most recently, the classic television program, “Sesame Street”.
Mr. Carter most recently served as co-orchestrator for Broadway’s “Some Like It Hot”—a new musical comedy, based on the classic MGM film, with music by Marc Shaiman. Bryan’s new album “I Believe”, is available via Bandstand Presents & La Reserve Records.