Giant Step Wins Award for Best Grassroots Events

This past Friday, July 15th, Brooklyn Bodega held their first annual Brooklyn Bodega Awards at the new Sheraton Brooklyn New York Hotel, hosted by Maya Azucena. Giant Step was nominated for Grassroots Event Producer along with Forever Fresh and Live N’ Direct. At the end of the night, Giant Step took home the award.

Co-Founder and CEO of Giant Step, Maurice Bernstein commented after winning: “I would like to thank Brooklyn Bodega for recognizing Giant Step for producing some legendary events over the last 20 years; we look forward to many more.”

Thoughts On Alphonso “Fonce” Mizell


Photoset (c) Phillip Angert begins with Fonce Mizell and King Britt at Giant Step’s “Dinner With Mizell’s” in 2007.

“We were all very sad to learn about the passing of the legendary Fonce Mizell of Mizell Brothers fame and Sky High Productions. It seems fitting to dig into our archives and have another look at one of my favorite Giant Step events, ‘Dinner With Mizell’s,’ an intimate sit down in Miami back in March 2007 during WMC, with Fonce and Larry plus a who’s who of DJs to raise a glass in their honor. To see grown men (including myself) act like giddy school boys in their presence is a true testament to their legacy and music” – Maurice Bernstein, CEO & President at Giant Step.

Only some in attendance were: Jazzy Jeff (BBE), Tracey Thorn, Jason Bentley (KCRW), Tom Silverman (Tommy Boy), Ben Watt (Buzzin’ Fly), Benji B (BBC 1xtra), Madlib (Stones Throw), Danny Krivit (Body & Soul), Gilles Peterson (BBC Radio 1), Peter Kruder (G-Stone), Richard Dorfmeister (G-Stone), and Kenny Dope (MAW).

A full list of attendees from “Dinner With Mizell’s” can be found on the feature page.

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Remembering Gil Scott-Heron

 

As most now know, the great Gil Scott-Heron passed away late last week. The revolutionary poet, musician, and author has been a long-time favorite of Giant Step, having played many of our earliest shows under the Groove Academy banner in the early 90′s. The image headlining this post is the flyer from our 1992 show. After the jump, you’ll find a few more vintage Giant Step concert flyers from shows we’ve done with Gil; you are welcome to download the flyers and add them to your collection.

Our friends at The Revivalist have put together a beautiful post detailing Gil’s journey and his contributions along the way. We encourage you to give it a read – the man’s influence and reach is both expansive and inspiring.

We would like to leave you with a lovely one-hour mix by Twit One entitled, A Salute to Gil Scott-Heron.

A salute to Gil Scott-Heron by Twit One

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Record Store Day – Tomorrow, 4/16

This is your final reminder: tomorrow is International Record Store Day. Fabricated to boost sales of independent record shops four years ago, this crate-digger’s holiday is becoming larger than life. There are so many exclusive Record Store Day releases that it’s hard to keep track – especially on vinyl, which is particularly sacred on Record Store Day. All that matters is that tomorrow, April 16th, you show your support at your local record store (Bring Money!) And gather ’round turntables and share stories, the way old people used to do.

Billboard Mag – 20 Best Record Store Day Exclusives
Dummy Mag
-What We Can Take From Record Store Day…
Fader
- 8 Albums to Dig For on Record Store Day
NY Daily News
– More Than 1500 Indie Record Shops from New York to London
Prefix – Release Guide
Pitchfork
- 3D TV Launch
LA Record – LA Record Store Guide
Gothamist (NY) – Where to Go on Record Store Day
Stereogum – 11 Most Interesting Releases on Record Store Day
Complex Mag - Fat Beats and Wax Poetics Pop-up Shop