Throwback Thursday: The Very First ‘Giant Step’ @ SOBs – September 24, 1990

 

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As we approach the 23rd anniversary of the very first Giant Step club, it’s only fitting that we highlight the historic night for this week’s Throwback Thursday! Join our President/CEO Maurice Bernstein as he takes us back to September 24, 1990 at SOBs. Were you one of the few that were with us in those early days? Tell us what you remember!

This was the very first flyer for Giant Step. After the success of the Groove Academy shows in the summer of 1990, our goal was to set up a weekly party that focused on the jazz and dance movement that we were familiar with in London. We were very influenced by Dingwall’s Sunday party and The Wag Club, which I used to go to when I lived in London and Jonathan Rudnick (Giant Step co-founder) had visited as well.

But we didn’t want to just do a straight version of that; we wanted to bring in the elements that were fundamental to New York – one being hip-hop music – so, we decided to mix jazz and hip-hop together. However, there was very little music like that at that time – there was Tribe that was mixing jazz with some of their hip-hop and Gang Starr had just done “Jazz Thing.” It was also tough to find DJs who really knew how to play the music and make people dance, plus there weren’t really records

I ended up picking DJ Smash who I used go hear at Save The Robots, which was a famous after hours in New York in the 80′s. What I liked about Smash was his amazing music sensibility and knowledge, as well as his ability to mix anything, which is something that British DJs didn’t really have the ability to do. He was able to take original jazz records and mix them with hip-hop – exactly what we needed.

We were given Mondays by SOBs because it was a dead night for them. If I remember correctly, our original night had more people working than actual guests. Cool to note: there are in fact a few people who came to the opening who still come to Giant Step parties – Michael July is one of them. A lot of people claim to have been there in the early days, but I remember every single person that was there the first night because there weren’t that many of them.

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Universal Music Launches ‘Respect The Classics’ Album Reissue Series, Pays Tribute to Hip-Hop Giants

 

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Universal Music pays homage to hip-hop’s greats with their new reissue series called Respect The Classics; the mission focuses on “spotlighting iconic, genre-defining albums from the Def Jam, Interscope, Priority, and Virgin Records vaults.”

To start, fans can enjoy expanded CD and digital 25th Anniversary Editions of Eazy-E’s Eazy-Duz-It and EPMD’s Strictly Business. Also available are remastered 180-gram vinyl LP reissues of Eazy-Duz-It, Ice Cube’s AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted, and N.W.A.’s Straight Outta Compton. Finally, there’s a remastered CD and digital reissue of N.W.A’s N.W.A & The Posse for grabs.

Look out soon for more reissues from DMX, Gang Starr, Onyx, Public Enemy, and Slick Rick.

Purchase NWA & The Posse CD on Amazon

Purchase EPMD’s Strictly Business CD on Amazon

Purchase NWA’s Straight Outta Compton Vinyl on Amazon

Purchase Ice Cube’s Amerikkka’s Most Wanted Vinyl on Amazon

Purchase Eazy-E’s Eazy Duz It Vinyl on Amazon

Purchase Eazy-E’s Eazy Duz It CD on Amazon