GPWW: 01/06/12 Words & Music with Bad Bad Not Good, Jesse Boykins III, and Miles Cleret + Bumps for 2012

Gilles Peterson sets the New Year on fire with his most recent Worldwide Show. Starting off the show, Gilles speaks to the live jazz/hip hop trio Bad Bad Not Good, and finds out more about Soundway Records who are celebrating their 10th birthday this year. He also goes in depth with singer Jesse Boykins III, who talks about his plans to work with Sinden, Gold Panda, Machinedrum and Hudson Mohawke this year. Finally, in his Bumps for 2012 mix Gilles showcases his selection of next generation beat-makers that are causing a stir in the underground.

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Check out Gilles’ most recent shows:
GPWW: 12/29/11 Box of Delights
GPWW: 12/22/11 Worldwide Family Mixtape with Finn Peters
GPWW: 12/15/11 Box of Delights

Giant Step Vault: Giant Step Vintage – 10th Anniversary, 2000

In 2001 we celebrated our 10th anniversary in style! Central Park Summerstage was the location and the line up was historic. Femi Kuti in full flight, a rare US appearance from Lamb, plus performances from Mark Anthony Jones and Tamango. DJs that day were Gilles Peterson and Ron Trent.

GPWW 12/08/11: Words & Music with Nile Rogers + Cosmin TRG Worldwide Family Mixtape

Gilles Peterson is back for another episode of the Worldwide Show. This week’s show features the sounds of Nile Rogers and Cosmin TRG. Rogers, a legend in his own right, discusses his book and shares insight about his musical experiences and inspirations. Following Nile, Cosmin proceeds to take us on an audible journey down the proverbial rabbit hole, exploring the depths of space and sound.

As posted last week, Gilles won’t be with Radio 1 any longer. However, Worldwide will continue to be championed on Giant Step. Stay tuned for next week’s show!

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Remembering The Florida Room As It Closes Its Doors


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This week, a very special venue in the hearts of many (including ours) closed its doors for good. The Florida Room in the basement of Delano Hotel in South Beach Florida was a Lenny Kravitz designed venue with the feel of a classic old school night club.

Within its first year of opening, Giant Step starting doing events at The Florida Room and the list became pretty impressive. Many of our events were Miami debuts featuring great artists such as Jose James, Janelle Monae, Melanie Fiona, and Jazmine Sullivan, to name a few.

Watch the video of Questlove and Gilles Peterson at WMC 2010 as Quest toasts Gilles for being one to go down in history – quite timely to share given yesterday’s news.

After the jump, also find videos from De La Soul, The Roots, and Janelle Monae, all doing their thing at a venue that will be greatly missed.

Here’s a partial list of some of our great nights:

June 2008 – Janelle Monae (Miami Debut)
Sept 2008 – Jazmine Sullivan (Miami Debut)
Oct 2008 – Nikka Costa
NYE 2008 – The Roots and Janelle Monae
Jan 2009 – The Florida Room 1st anniversary with De La Soul
WMC 2009 – Pete Rock, Benji B, Wale, Questlove, Melanie Fiona, Taylor McFerrin
NYE 2009 – Common
WMC 2010 – Gilles Peterson and Questlove

So to all our friends in Miami and of course the great staff of this special venue that had the best cocktails in the world – we salute you and all the good times.

More videos from The Florida Room after the jump

Help Get Gilles Peterson Back ON BBC Radio 1


It was only in September that we found ourselves celebrating Gilles Peterson’s very first legal radio show on BBC Radio 1. Word is that Gilles’ Worldwide show has now been taken off BBC Radio 1 after 13 years. We have started a Facebook page to get him back on – please spread the word far and wide. Gilles cannot go!

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