To celebrate Valentine's Day weekend in style, Minton's will host an intimate series of dinner events. Each dinner event includes a four-course prix fixe meal curated by Executive Chef Joseph "JJ" Johnson and a live music performance for $175 per person plus tax, gratuity, and beverages. An optional $50 wine pairing will also be offered. There are two seatings to choose from each night.
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T.K. Blue is a musician of the highest caliber who is at the peak of his creative output. Mr. Blue’s artistry is found on over eighty recordings and has performed with a long list of great international artists such as Don Cherry, Abdullah Ibrahim, Sam Rivers, Archie Shepp, Randy Weston, Dizzy Gillespie, Pharoah Sanders, Melba Liston, Johnny Copeland, Billy Higgins, Reggie Workman, Chico Hamilton, Stefon Harris, Eric Reed, Regina Carter, Bobby McFerrin, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Benny Powell, James Moody, Paquito D’Rivera, and Jimmy Scott, just to name a few. Blue has a Bachelor’s degree in Music and Psychology from NYU as well as a Master’s degree in Music Education from Teacher’s College, Columbia University. After several years as an adjunct professor at Suffolk Community College and Montclair State University, T.K. Blue became a fulltime professor and director of jazz studies at Long Island University-LIU-Post 2007 to 2014.
T.K. Blue was part of an historic photo session in Paris, France called "A Great Day in Paris", which featured close to sixty musicians from the USA who resided there. While residing in Paris Blue made his first recording as a leader entitled “Egyptian Oasis”. This recording sparked several state department tours in eastern, western, and northern Africa. These tours in Africa were extremely spiritual and deep-rooted in a cultural awareness. Blue was very fortunate to experience first-hand many cultures and various styles of traditional African music. T.K. is deeply indebted to various organizations such as Jazzmobile, Jazz-interactions, the Henry Street Settlement, and the Muse, for his jazz studies and performances.
Despite his busy schedule, T.K. has found time to teach and mentor budding musicians. He has taught music education and performance on the pre-k level straight up to the university and graduate level. His passion for music and teaching is evident in his personal expression.
In 2007 T.K. Blue released his 8th CD as a leader entitled "Follow the North Star", which received rave reviews and critical acclaim. He received a commission from the NYSCA and Transart Inc. to compose a piece of music dedicated to the early African-American presence in the Hudson Valley area of upstate New York. T.K. chose to write a suite based on the life of Solomon Northup and his book Twelve Years a Slave. This book was made into a film by Steve McQueen (Brad Pitt productions) and won the Oscar for best picture in 2013. T.K. Blue released his 9th CD entitled Latin Bird on Motema Music in 2011 to rave reviews. This CD made it into the top 10. A short documentary video produced by Brian Grady on the making of Latin Bird was nominated for best jazz video by the jazz journalist association. In January of 2014 Blujazz released his 10th CD as a leader entitled “A Warm Embrace.”