Throwback Thursday: ‘Stolen Moments: Red Hot + Cool’ Documentary on AIDS & Communities of Color (1994)

 

The Red Hot organization has been a long time pioneer in “fighting AIDs through popular culture” as they put it. They’ve brought together artists from far and wide underneath the same banner and it’s overwhelmingly beautiful every time.

1994′s Red Hot + Cool, which explored the intersection between classic jazz and contemporary hip-hop, was no exception as it earned Time Magazine‘s Album of the Year honor. Take a trip back with us and watch Stolen Moments: Red Hot + Cool, their documentary film which brought light to the impact of AIDS on communities of color. The doc also includes a cameo of Guru and Donald Byrd performing at a Giant Step produced event in collaboration with Red Hot at Supper Club – what a night! It originally aired on PBS along with the album release.

View the flyer for the historic Giant Step party slash Red Hot taping after the jump!

Throwback Thursday: Los Amigos Invisibles with Brazilian Girls at Irving Plaza – June 4, 2004

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This week’s Throwback Thursday takes us back to a show we did in 2004 at Irving Plaza with Los Amigos Invisibles and then, up-and-coming Brazilian Girls. Giant Step had worked with both bands for a number of years, and seeing their careers grow and them putting on this fantastic show for us was really amazing. Originally from Venezuela, Los Amigos came together in the early 90s during a time of heavy rock and gave us a refreshing mix of funk and jazz, infused with the best genre ever: DISCO. Brazilian Girls came up from the NuBlu club with a sound that can’t easily be described but is something like electronic music mixed with elements of tango and reggae. As a result, this pairing was an explosive and fun concert that had even the least inclined to jump up and dance.
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Throwback Thursday: Tribute to Ronny Jordan

A couple of weeks ago, we were extremely shocked and saddened to hear of the untimely passing of Ronny Jordan, British guitarist and good friend of Giant Step. Jordan came onto the scene in the early 90s at the forefront of the acid jazz movement, which combined elements of R&B, hip-hop, and jazz. The unfortunate news prompted us to remember the career of an incredibly talented musician that we’ve been lucky to support from the beginning.
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Throwback Thursday: Erykah Badu, Talib Kweli, Mama Zap at Giant Step SummerStage 2001

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With the madness of the holidays behind us and Mother Nature giving us some weather related blues, we thought it would be a nice vacation for the soul to take this Throwback Thursday to revisit a particularly hot and humid summer night with Erykah Badu at Central Park.

There’s something special about summertime in New York. The city slows down and everyone’s a bit more carefree. It’s late in the season, and the long, sweltering days make us hesitant to venture from our little slice of heaven we’ve found in the closest air conditioning. It was a show not to be missed though, and everyone knew the promise of the night would be worth the heaviness in the air. It was August 6, 2001 and those that faced the above and underground temperatures made it to one of the city’s favorite escapes for the SummerStage concert series.

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Throwback Thursday: Nuyorican Soul Fiesta (Winter Music Conference) @ the Shore Club, Miami – March 24, 1997

 

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For this week’s Throwback Thursday, Giant Step President/CEO Maurice Bernstein takes us back to the legendary 1997 Winter Music Conference party for Nuyorican Soul at the Shore Club! What do you remember about the epic daytime party? For those that missed it, catch a video clip as well as the backside of the invite flyer after the jump.

Back in the 90s, the Winter Music Conference (WMC) was a global affair where house DJs from all around the world would come and invade Miami for a week. Back then it was purely an industry event, which inevitably also brought out only the most serious of dance music lovers.

For this year particular year, we decided to throw a big daylong event as a teaser for the forthcoming Nuyorican Soul album that we were releasing – the album was of course produced by none other than Kenny and Louie aka Masters at Work.

We held the party at the Shore Club – the “old” Shore Club with the huge outdoor space and pool. It was a largely coveted event. We had a great live set from Luis Quinteros who brought along some local Miami musicians to play with him. Special guests included Roy Ayers, India Arie and of course Louie Vega, and Kenny Dope, amongst many, many others.

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