Photos: CHURCH with Mark de Clive-Lowe, José James and DJ Spinna

 

The latest installment of CHURCH with Mark de Clive-Lowe (MdCL), DJ Spinna, and Jose James was simply bonkers. The house was packed and everyone was groovin’; especially when Jose joined the band and lit the house on fire with his rendition of “Papa Was A Rolling Stone.” Church will return in May so stayed tuned for the next edition.

 

Photo Recap: Gilles Peterson at Cielo, NYC

 


Last night at Cielo was a total blast, to say the least. The mood was right, running into familiar faces was the standard, and seeing some new gorgeous ones didn’t seem to be a challenge either. Gilles Peterson ripped his set with a tasty melange of world tunes, mixes, chops, and mash-up’s that kept the crowd both dancing and in awe all night.

One Giant Step staffer may have shed a tear when he played Alka Yagnik and Ila Arun’s “Choli Ke Peeche Kya Hai,” a classic Bollywood hit, which you may enjoy below. Afterwards, he let us know he was ‘taking us Brazil’ like it was nothing. It probably really wasn’t.

Yes, you probably should kick yourself if you missed last night.

 

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Event Recap: Dego, Rich Medina, Maya Azucena & Sophia Urista at Yotel New York

 


Photo Credit: Erik Schneider

For those who had the privilege of attending last week’s Giant Step Thursdays event at YOTEL New York, you know what an amazing time it was. Beautiful people, dancing, and music from not one, but four incredible talents. Dego and Rich Medina kept the crowd live all night with their selections, while Maya Azucena and Sophia Urista tore the house down with their killer performances.

It was a special night. Sophia’s Betty Davis swagger knocked more than a few off their feet, and Maya captivated the crowd with new tunes from her recent album, Cry Love, which is currently available on iTunes.

Save the date for our upcoming installment next Thursday, August 11th. See you at YOTEL New York!

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.

More after the jump

Photo Recap: Lee Fields And The Expressions, Fitz And The Tantrums, KING & DJ Rich Medina at SummerStage

There were trees, there was sun, there was music and gosh darn it was fun! Our annual party in the park is an NYC tradition that we all really look forward to and we want to thank all of you who came out this year to get down with us. Enjoy some photos from the Saturday, June 25th show, courtesy of Seher Sikandar, as we start plotting next year’s installment.