Esther Haynes - Washington DC Jazz Musicians

In 2001, she recorded her debut CD, entitled Esther Haynes, of vintage vocal tunes in tribute early jazz singers such as Alberta Hunter, Billie Holiday, Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, Lil Green, Ella Fitzgerald, and Memphis Minnie.  Appearing on this CD are Nevada Newman, Akira Otsuka, Tad Marks, J.C. Veve, Seth Kibel and others.  The CD received favorable local and online press, as well as airplay on Rob Bamberger's "Hot Jazz Saturday Night" (WAMU) and Mary Cliff's "Traditions" program (WETA).  Esther also has been heard on Elliott Gross' blues program on WPFW.
Esther Haynes is a versatile vocalist and rhythm guitarist residing in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. DC Metro Entertainment

Her styles range from vintage jazz to swing, blues, bossas, folk, and bluegrass.  Since 2002, she has been nominated for several Washington Area Music Awards (Wammies) for Debut Recording, Jazz Vocalist, Big Band Vocalist, and Jazz Duo/Group.  She has received eight Wammie awards for Big Band/Swing Vocalist (in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2008) and Jazz Vocalist (in 2004, 2005, and 2008).

She has performed in the D.C. area with Hokum Jazz, Martini Red, the Tom Cunningham Orchestra, and several jazz duos and trios.  Duo partners include Phil Mathieu, Justin Lees, Rusty Bogart, Keith Grimes, and J.C. Veve.

In 2004, Esther released her second CD, entitled Approach Note,which includes standards, swing, and bossas. The CD features vocals and jazz guitar by Justin Lees (who now resides in NYC), and Nick Smiley on acoustic bass.

Originally from Virginia, Esther learned folk guitar and bluegrass banjo as a girl.  She spent her college years at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, where she attended fiddlers' conventions, played banjo and guitar, and sang in duets at local events.  Later she began studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston, graduating with honors with a diploma in voice and professional music.  In Boston, she was part of a bluegrass/swing group, Boston City Limits, with Hiro Arita, Howie Tarnower, and Matt Glaser, and played in a duo with ragtime guitarist Larry Unger.   She has recorded with guitarist John Dirac of Boston's Either Orchestra. She also spent two years in Israel (1991 to 1993), where she sang in a quartet with guitarist David Matarasso and in the Southern Comfort Duo.

In the future, she hopes to continue to record, and wants to travel abroad with her music.

Esther teaches guitar, voice, and banjo in Takoma Park, MD and at Middle C Music in D.C. She holds an M.Ed. from Marymount University in Arlington, VA as well as a Diploma in Professional Music and Voice from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. 

Contact Esther for bookings or if you would like to take guitar lessons, join a mailing list, or hire her or Hokum Jazz for a performance!

Listen and buy Esther's GREAT CD's

Are you finding this new Millennium hype to be a real crock? All this high-tech living not all it's cracked up to be? Take a trip back to the 20's and 30's with this perfect vintage jazz, blues, swing, and ragtime vocals album with instrumentation including fiddle, clarinet, slide guitar, banjo, cornet, and mandolin. Take a cool sip of your favorite songs like "Honeysuckle Rose" and "Why Don't You Do Right?" for those modern day blues and tell Bill Gates to "shove it" for the next hour or so. - CD Baby - See Esther Haynes Live - USA Musicians Forum

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Washington DC Metro Live Music and Nightclubs

The Washington DC Metro Area Supports many fine Live Music Venues.

9:30 Club - 815 V St, NW. Washington, DC. 20001 (202) 393-0930. - The 9:30 Club features local, national and international live musical p, erformances. Tickets are required and can be purchased in advance. This club is a local favorite with four bars and the largest dance floor in DC.

Birchmere Music Hall - 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA (703) 549-7500. The Birchmere is a 500-seat dinner-theater style Music Hall offering a variety of live musical performances of folk, jazz, rock, gospel or alternative music. Seating is general admission, first come first served. The Birchmere has a full service kitchen & a full bar.

U Street Music Hall 1115A U Street. NW Washington, DC (202) 588-1880. Opened in 2010. The live music and dance club is the newest addition to the U Street entertainment district. The nightclub features a state-of-the-art sound systems, a 1200 square foot dance floor, and two fully stocked bars.

The Hamilton 600 14th Street, NW Washington, DC. (202) 787-1000. Opened in December 2011. Located just a few blocks from the White House, the live music venue operated by Clyde’s Restaurant Group features performances by local, national and international musicians. The restaurant is open 24 hours.

Bohemian Caverns 2001 Eleventh St., NW Washington, DC (202) 299-0801. This is the largest jazz club in Washington, DC. The list of jazz legends who have played here include Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Cab Calloway, Count Basie, and Thelonious Monk. Tickets available in advance.

Blues Alley 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, DC (202) 337-4141. Located in the heart of Georgetown, this jazz supper club is the oldest continuing club in the country. Internationally renowned artists such as Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughan, Nancy Wilson, Grover Washington Jr., and Ramsey Lewis, have played here.

Black Cat 1811 14th St. NW, Washington, DC (202) 667-7960. Black Cat is a live music venue featuring local, national, and international independent and alternative music. Tickets are available in advance. There are two performance spaces, the Mainstage and the Backstage, in addition to the no-cover Red Room Bar. Performances are open to all ages.

The State Theatre 220 N. Washington St., Falls Church, VA (703) 237-0300. The live music venue is a refurbished cinema featuring blues, reggae and jam bands. Full-service dining is available and the concert hall can be rented out for private events.

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