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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“Lovergirl” – Teena Marie Tribute from Sy Smith and Mark de Clive-Lowe + MP3

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We were deeply saddened to hear about the loss of the legendary singer Teena Marie, who passed away on December 26th, 2010 at the age of 54. Giant Step was lucky to work with Teena, including her 2009 album, Congo Square, a long way from her past as a Rick James protege. She spent much of 2009 and 2010 touring in support of the new album, and delighting fans with her super-hits like “Lovergirl,” “Ooo La La La” and “Lead Me On.”

In one of many many artist tributes, Sy Smith teamed up with Mark de Clive-Lowe to release a syberized version of “Lovergirl.” Check out the Bandcamp page to read words from Sy Smith about the track and the importance of Lady T.