Giant Step & Revive Music Present the Fifth Installment of CHURCH with Mark de C
Friday, March 9
Drom, New York NY
Get ready for the fifth installment of Church a very special night with Mark de Clive-Lowe (MdCL) starting with his jazz trio and followed by a second electronic house music set. World-renowned DJ, Producer, Remixer, Composer, Musician, and Tru Thoughts recording artist MdCL will be joined by resident vocalist Nia Andrews , Nate Smith (José James/Dave Holland) on Drums and Mark Kelley (The Roots) on bass.
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This edition of CHURCH includes a special guest performance by Jose James who was recently heralded by The New York Times as "a romantic baritone with a deep-funk band, stretching out songs, evoking both the '70s of Roberta Flack and Gil Scott-Heron and the '90s and oughts of J. Dilla." Also making a special appearance is DJ Spinna, a cornerstone of Hip-Hop's Golden era who became a go-to producer and key remixer for numerous high profile artists. Miraculously, even while garnering his production pedigree, DJ Spinna managed to carve out a reputation as a world-class DJ. At CHURCH, he will flood the dance floor with soulful, deep house music, which he also left an indelible mark on throughout the years.
Mark de Clive-Lowe continues to build on the success of his new CHURCH monthly series in New York at DROM. CHURCH is a whirlwind mix of live jazz, sampling and a DJ set. Fast becoming the discerning music-lovers' and musicians' event of choice, don't be surprised if you spot the likes of Masters at Work's Louie Vega or soul legend Leon Ware in the audience; Chris "Daddy" Dave, MC John Robinson or Miguel Atwood-Ferguson on the stage and the likes of Ge-ology on the decks. The first live set showcases the jazz side of MdCL, blending standards, groove explorations and classic trio interplay with resampling, electronics and live remixing. As the first set draws to a close, the guest DJ takes over the soundtrack while the tables and chairs are cleared away ready for MdCL to flip the script with the second set—a unique blend of live electronica and live remixing—the jazz club colliding head to head with the dance floor.
Soulful, poignant, inspirational...only a few words to describe the breathtaking voice of Jose James. Following three past releases, The Dreamer (Jan 2008, Brownswood), BLACKMAGIC (Feb 2010, Brownswood), and For All We Know (May 2010, Impulse!), Jose James is currently finishing his fourth studio album No Beginning, No End. Recent projects include guest performances with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra's "A Tribute to Billy Strayhorn" at Rose Theater, as well as touring internationally with McCoy Tyner's "The Music of John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman." He was recently voted 2011 "DownBeat Critics Poll".
Vincent "DJ Spinna" Williams is something of an anomaly in music. A humbling example of what it takes to truly succeed within the framework of multiple fields. A steadfast work ethic, an obsessively extensive vinyl library and the willingness to pursue the full extents of his roots (Funk, Soul and Jazz), foundation (Hip-Hop) and future (Electronic/Dance music) with no restraints. A cornerstone of Hip-Hop's late 90's indie-uprise, DJ Spinna made much of his first impression on listeners as the musical background of his group The Jigmastas (having released an impressive slew of 12" singles on his then self-run label Beyond Real during this time) as well as providing the canvas for an array of that era's lyrical giants. As an emcee in New York City, if you didn't have a Spinna production under your belt, well, you just hadn't accomplished all there was to accomplish. Everyone from Mos Def, Talib Kweli to Pharaohe Monch boasted Spinna beats to prove their worth to the scene.