Every Saturday Night at the Legendary Minton's Playhouse – JC Hopkins Biggish Band: Jazz and Comedy, Fridays Jazz-Star Series and Big Band Sundays
Grammy nominated band leader JC Hopkins has resumed the programming for the most legendary supper club in the history of jazz: Minton's Playhouse- Harlem birthplace of bebop. Hopkins' Biggish Band is at the nucleus of the programming with a weekly Saturday residency that features a ten piece band and an array of stunning up and coming vocalists including Vanisha-Arleen Gould, Joy Hanson, Shawn Whitehorn and Nico Sarbanes. The Biggish Band, whose sound merges Mingus with Billy May, has been fertile ground for great talent such as the likes of Norah Jones, Jazzmeia Horn, Madeleine Peyroux and Brianna Thomas who all have been featured with regularity in the group.
December line up
Friday Jazz-Star Series:
December 20th – Johnny O'Neal
December 27th – Binky Griptite
Sundays – Jason Marshall Big Band
New Years Eve – JC Hopkins Biggish Band featuring Joy Hanson, Shawn Whitehorn, Vanisha Gould and Binky Griptite
“Minton’s, the Harlem jazz club that has been tightening up its bookings in exciting ways…”
– Ben Ratliff, THE NEW YORK TIMES
“There’s a bona fide scene going on these days under the revived Minton's banner in Harlem, and it includes both notable music and good food…”.*– Larry Blumenfeld, Wall Street Journal*
NEW YORK TIMES
J. C. Hopkins Biggish Band (Friday and Saturday) Led by the bandleader, songwriter and producer for which it’s named, the J.C. Hopkins Biggish Band has always been a friend to vocalists, and in this engagement, the group pays a centenary tribute to Billie Holiday. Among the many singers assembled are Brianna Thomas, Charenee Wade, Charles Turner and Jazzmeia Horn. From 6 to 11 p.m., Minton’s, 206 West 118th Street, Harlem,212-243-2222, mintonsharlem.com. (Chinen)
At Minton's, you're part of the choir. There's this part in "Moanin'" where—not in the original version but in this one, arranged by JC Hopkins and which his band, JC Hopkins' Biggish Band, plays—the horn section shouts out, call-and-response style. This night, we get in on it, too. Bum be de BOMP. HEY! Be dop bop be da BOMP. HEY! Bum be de BOMP. HEY! And it's not anger any longer, but joy.