Jay-Z Performs At Carnegie Hall

 

Last night Jay-Z performed the second of his two historic nights at New York’s Carnegie Hall benefiting the United Way of New York City and Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation. We were lucky enough to attend and witness the event – Backed by an orchestra conducted by Jeri Lynne Johnson (of Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra) and the Illadelphonics featuring Questlove and Bilal amongst others.

Jay-Z delivered classics such as “99 Problems,” “Hard Knock Life,” “Run This Town,” and “Empire State Of Mind” with the help of Alicia Keys, of course. Bilal gave us a special rendition of Billy Joel’s “New York State of Mind” before Nas took the stage to join in before going into “If I Ruled The World,” There was also a beautiful rendition by the orchestra of Gil Scott Heron’s “New York Is Killing Me.”

The night was classic New York bringing together tuxedo NY set with hip hop heads, a couple of NY Giants players, Chris Rock (who was celebrating his birthday) and even John Mcenroe (to name a few).

One to tell the kids about for sure.

(Apologies for the poor photo quality – we got what we could get!)

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NYC: Meshell NDegeocello Presents “A Night Of Gil Scott-Heron Covers” at Blue Note – Aug 5th & 6th

 

Meshell NDegeocello is simply cut from a different cloth – there’s just something about her. The prolific bassist and singer-songwriter has created some of the most heartfelt music we’ve heard. And while her public presence may be modest, the ten time Grammy nominee has graced albums of many international megastars and been featured on the soundtracks for many loved films, not just Love & Basketball.

This week, Meshell is sharing two very special nights of Gil Scott-Heron covers and let’s just say that you’d be mad to miss it.

Details
August 5th & 6th
Blue Note Jazz Club
8pm & 10:30pm
Doors at 6pm
$35.00 – table
$20.00 – bar

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Jamie XX’s Solo Debut, “Far Nearer,” Out Today

 

Jamie XX from the famed band, The XX, released his first single today. “Beat For” sounds like a chopped up moonwalk, while “Far Nearer” goes from lullaby to tropical dance party – nothing boring there. Not too long ago, Jamie collaborated with the late Gil Scott Heron on a remix album for I’m New Here, entitled We’re New Here. It’s also rumored that the young chap will be featured on Drake’s new album.

Jamie xx – Far Nearer (limited vinyl & download out now – http://farnearer.com) by Numbers

Jamie xx – Beat For (limited vinyl & download out now – http://farnearer.com) by Numbers

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Remembering Gil Scott-Heron

 

As most now know, the great Gil Scott-Heron passed away late last week. The revolutionary poet, musician, and author has been a long-time favorite of Giant Step, having played many of our earliest shows under the Groove Academy banner in the early 90′s. The image headlining this post is the flyer from our 1992 show. After the jump, you’ll find a few more vintage Giant Step concert flyers from shows we’ve done with Gil; you are welcome to download the flyers and add them to your collection.

Our friends at The Revivalist have put together a beautiful post detailing Gil’s journey and his contributions along the way. We encourage you to give it a read – the man’s influence and reach is both expansive and inspiring.

We would like to leave you with a lovely one-hour mix by Twit One entitled, A Salute to Gil Scott-Heron.

A salute to Gil Scott-Heron by Twit One

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Jamie XX & Gil Scott-Heron Video – “I’ll Take Care Of You”

Gil Scott-Heron‘s comeback continues, since Jamie XX remixed the full album I’m New Here to create We’re New Here. This video is for the second single off the remix album, layers of interpretation over the old standard, “I’ll Take Care of You.” The video, directed by Jamie James Medina and AG Rojas, tells the story of a young mother with a boxing career; seemingly exploring the question of ‘why we fight.’

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