Summer is here - already?! Yep. We know folks have been working hard and are ready drop those gems for the sunshine months. So, share the love with us via our Next Step contest so we can pass it on! Calling all June entries!
So many awesome artists have been showcased through this series. Tara Priya in July, Iman Williams in August, Tall Black Guy Productions in September, Cole Williams for October, Tensei for November, Awalé for December 2011, Annabel (lee) & Richard E for January 2012, Krystale for February, Derek Dumont for March, and Dezaray Dawn for April!
Stay tuned for the announcement on our May Next Step winner soon soon soon!
The winner will receive an “Artist Spotlight” feature post on the Giant Step website, and up to $1,000 in Giant Step Marketing services!
Please note that we are accepting submissions from anyone that makes music - producers, singers, instrumentalists, rappers, and bands alike are all welcome.
This month, we are accepting submissions from today through Saturday, June 30. That said, we are now open for June 2012 entries!
Submit your music for consideration!
Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane today releases his newest project, Spirit Fiction, produced by the luminous Joe Lovano. Expect to hear music that is rich, layered, and expressive. Ravi brings versatility and a fresh flavor to each track by utilizing two different bands throughout the album. In the end you have some great summertime jazz - nothing like it.
Ravi's tour is also now in full swing - be sure to take a look below for dates in your city.
Enter our contest to win Spirit Fiction.
May 29-June 2 — Birdland — New York, NY
June 22-23 — Bohemian Caverns — Washington, DC
June 29 — Fort of Wolfisheim — Wolfiseim, France
June 30 — Festival Jazz de La Defense — Paris, France *
July 2 — Jazz a Vienne — Vienne, France *
July 4 — Centro Cultural de Belem — Lisbon, Portugal *
July 6 — North Sea Jazz Festival — Rotterdam, Holland *
July 7 — Comblain Jazz Festival — Comblain-la-Tour, Belguim *
July 21 — Black Sea Jazz Festival — Batumi/Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia
July 25-26 — New Mexico Jazz Festival — Albuquerque, NM
July 27-28 — Dazzle — Denver, CO
July 31-August 1 — Jazz Alley — Seattle, WA
August 2-5 — Catalina Jazz Club — Los Angeles, CA
August 6-7 — Yoshi's — Oakland CA
August 11 — Richmond Jazz Festival — Richmond, VA
September 27-30 — Jazz Showcase — Chicago, IL
October 2-7 — Village Vanguard — New York, NY
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Our friend and one of the hardest working men in hip-hop today released his People Hear What They See album. Drawing inspiration from sitting and observing outside environments, Oddisee endeavored to break the stereotypical emcee mold and write about things outside of his own personal reality.
You can't help but respect Oddisee's thoughtfulness and focus on creativity. And beyond subject matter, this album sees a refreshing evolution in the producer/emcee's sound, guiding the listener across brilliant tapestry of melodic hip-hop.
Above, the smooth toned Olivier Daysoul sits down with Oddisee for a soulful acoustic of "You Know Who You Are," a bonus track on the album.
Enter our contest to win People Hear What They See
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But you know we got you. Just enter our contest to win a pair of tickets and you, too, could be grooving the night away. You're welcome.