Throwback Thursday: Jamiroquai US Debut Show @ Supper Club – Nov 4, 1993

 

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For this week’s Throwback Thursday, Giant Step President/CEO Maurice Bernstein takes it back to Jamiroquai’s US debut! We know you’ve got some Jamiroquai memories – serve ‘em up!

This was Jamiroquai’s US debut. We first became familiar with them in the very early 90s when they released the “Too Young To Die” single on Acid Jazz. Very quickly, they were signed to a major deal on Sony in the UK. This was first artist we worked with from the “acid jazz” scene that really garnered major label interest. You had the Brand New Heavies before that, but this was huge – it was a massive, massive deal.

The album came out in the UK; it was a double album called Emergency On Planet Earth and it went straight to number one – #1 in Europe, #1 in Japan – massive. Keep in mind that before this all happened, the type of music we were all promoting was underground and not mainstream at all – but this was total mainstream.

With that said, it was then time for Jamiroquai to come to the US. Leading up to the show, the band came out to the states a few times to do bits of promo, and each time they’d come to the club and hang out with us; we got to get to know the guys pretty well.

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Throwback Thursday: Gangstarr & Masta Ace @ SOBs – Dec 17, 1990

 

Today, we continue with our new Throwback Thursday series! Join us as we dig into our archive of flyers to give you the lowdown on the get down from back in the day. In case you missed it, last week we covered a show with The Roots from 1994.

This week, Giant Step President and CEO Maurice Bernstein shares the background on a 1990 show with Gangstarr and Masta Ace in 1990.

That was Giant Step’s Christmas party. We started the Giant Step weekly club in September of 1990 on Mondays at SOBs with the resident DJ as DJ Smash. Occasionally Jazzy Nice played as well. And to be totally honest, it was not an instant hit at all. We kind of struggled through the fall and the early winter; A lot of times, we’d have more musicians on stage than we’d have people in the actual crowd.

We managed to get the opportunity through Gangstarr’s managers, Patrick Moxey and Neale Easterby. Patrick now runs Ultra Records and Neale is a successful manager in England. I knew those guys and we were very much into Gangstarr because of their music and their song “Jazz Thing” from Mo’ Better Blues. And they said, “Would you want to do a holiday show with Gangstarr, with Masta Ace opening?” Masta Ace was an artist they also managed.

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GPWW 5/10/10: Gilles Peterson’s Deep End Mix

Starting with new music from those that used to be known as Quiet Village, C.R.S.T., & James Blake, Gilles will carefully ease you into the mix this week. Later in the show, he dives into jazz with a special ‘Deep End’ mix including Mary Lou Williams, Max Roach, Dewey Redman, Chico Hamilton, Roy Ayers, Stanley Cowell, and more of course. The show was recorded shortly after the terribly sad news of Guru‘s passing. So naturally it includes a big chunk of Gangstarr – represent.

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RIP Guru

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We are saddened by the news of Guru’s death, his career with Gangstarr and Jazzmatazz is an integral part of the legacy and history of Giant Step. “Jazz Thing” was one of the first records we ever played and it became an anthem of our fledgling movement. In ’93, Guru chose Giant Step to first debut his Jazzmatazz project and we had the pleasure of presenting many of Gangstarr’s early New York shows, with many more to come.

Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and loved ones, music has truly lost a pioneer.


More vintage Gangstarr/Jazzmatazz Giant Step flyers after the jump.

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