Giant Step’s 20th Anniversary: Groove Academy Flyers (1990-1996)

This short video collage chronicles the shows and events from 1990 through 1996 of the company that preceded Giant Step: The Groove Academy. This is the first time that the flyers and posters of Groove Academy shows have been digitized.

The concept behind The Groove Academy was to give an opportunity for the masters of funk and groove to perform their craft in front of a young audience and new generation of fans as most only knew these artists from samples used in hip-hop and rap. At this time, many of the originators were in fact forgotten in the USA and had to go to Europe and Japan to make a living. The Groove Academy was determined to help re-launch careers in the States and give them their just props!

As time went on and Giant Step was born, The Groove Academy became the concert wing of the company and helped to introduce new artists. By the mid 1990s, The Groove Academy came to an end, putting all events under the unified umbrella of Giant Step.

Stay tuned for more memorabilia as we celebrate our 20th Anniversary and please share any memories, feedback, or your own photos from this historic time. To see the individual flyers and posters from this video, view the album on our facebook page.

GPWW 7/5/10: Words and Music from Aloe Blacc

Tune in to Gilles Peterson Worldwide this week for an exciting preview of eight songs off of soul singer Aloe Blacc’s upcoming album, including his hit song, “I Need a Dollar,” his Spanish version of John Legend’s “Ordinary People,” and Aloe’s personal favorite track, “Momma Hold My Hand.” Blacc also discusses his starting days in underground hip-hop group, Emanon, and his Latin, soul, folk, and jazz influences. As usual, Gilles also provides you with an eclectic mix of music from all over the world, including songs by Sébastien Tellier, Gil Scott-Heron, and Flying Lotus.

Check out Aloe Blacc at Summerstage NYC this Saturday, see below.

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Raphael Saadiq, Aloe Blacc, TK Wonder and DJ Vikter Duplaix at Central Park SummerStage – July 17

Raphael Saadiq, Aloe Blacc, TK Wonder, DJ Vikter Duplaix at SummerStage - 7/17

After the last two weeks of sweltering heat, there is no doubt that summer is here and in full swing. To mark the momentous occasion (momentous only if you recall this time last summer it was so oddly cold people were pulling out long sleeve shirts) we have quite a day planned out for you at our annual SummerStage show. Raphael Saadiq, Aloe Blacc, TK Wonder w/ Moodswing Orchestra and DJ Vikter Duplaix will be taking the stage in Central Park starting at 3pm on Saturday, July 17.

Doors open at 2pm, so come early and bring the whole family.

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Live Video of Gregory Porter: “Mother”

Last week we brought you soul/jazz musician Gregory Porter and shared a couple of our favorite tracks (“1960 What?” and “Wisdom”). This week, we caught a video shot in the crowd from a live performance at Smoke in NYC of “Mother,” a sweet, soulful song not on the album. You can get more from Gregory Porter on his new album, Water, out now through Motema Music.