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Queen Esther & The Hot Five is a collective of New York City's finest jazz musicians that play intimate reconfigurations of rare all-American standards while creating original modern classics. This project is the brainchild of Queen Esther, a multi-disciplinary artist. Her work as a vocalist, lyricist, songwriter and actor/solo performer and playwright has led to creative collaborations in neo-vaudeville, alternative theater, various alt-rock configurations, (neo) swing bands, trip hop DJs, spoken word performances, jazz combos, jam bands, various blues configurations, original Off Broadway plays and musicals, experimental music/art noise and performance art. As a featured actor in Bravo TV's documentary series The It Factor, an AUDELCO award-nominated star of George C. Wolfe's Harlem Song, and the Grand Prize winner of the 2008 Jazzmobile Jazz Vocal Competition, Queen Esther continues to create solo performance art as well as self-released original music while thriving in ongoing creative partnerships in jazz.