NYC: Giant Step presents Onra (DJ Set) at Le Bain – 5/20

Spring is finally back, and so are our legendary monthly Monday parties at Le Bain. We are excited to be kicking off the season with a very special appearance by Parisian beatmaker and globetrotter producer Onra aka Arnaud Bernard. Come party from 8pm and enjoy Le Bain’s breathtaking rooftop.

Onra’s electrifying live MPC performances around the world – everywhere from the Red Bull Music Academy in Bucharest and Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Festival to LA’s down-and-dirty bass sanctuary the Low End Theory – add new dimensions to the cosmic grooves he puts on tape. So, get ready to dance on a high-energy soul, hip hop, electronic, jazz, RnB, dub, and world set!

Free with RSVP

Le Bain at The Standard, 444 W. 13th St.

Listen to Onra’s hot track “Hold Tight” below:


RIP Johnny Otis

 

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Johnny Otis, music legend and one of the “first musicians to cross the racial divide,” passed away yesterday at age 90. The man’s influence on soul music, jazz, and even rock-n-roll is an epic movie in and of itself.

Among his many accomplishments and honors are his discovery of Little Esther (Esther Phillips), his co-writing and production of the original version of “Hound Dog” (later covered by Elvis), and recording with Frank Zappa. The tireless entertainer also wore many hats – radio jock, TV presenter, politician, preacher, organic farmer and of course, father of Shuggie Otis.

Read more on the life Johnny at The Guardian website.

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Video: Larry Coryell Fantasy Studios Recording Session

 

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Jazz guitar legend Larry Coryell gets down with The Wide Hive Players at Fantasy Studios. Larry recently released an album with the quintet, Larry Coryell With The Wide Hive Players (April 12). Expect another collaborative record from the bunch in 2012. In the meantime, enjoy this uncut behind the scenes video and getcha groove on.

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Revive Da Live’s Tribute to G.U.R.U. & Jazzmatazz – 4/21

On April 21st at Le Poisson Rouge (NYC), to celebrate the life and legacy of G.U.R.U. and Jazzmatazz a year after his passing, Revive Music Group is putting together a monumental night of G.U.R.U. music. The show will consist of the bold arrangements of the 18-piece Revive Da Live Big Band, described in the Village Voice as “the city’s most electrifying young lions of jazz,” under the direction of pianist Marc Cary and trumpeter Igmar Thomas. The event will also include special guests, performers, raffles, and more fun.

The Beast (Pierce Freelon) has released this track as his own tribute to G.U.R.U. Grab your free download:

Get more info & buy tickets from The Revivalist.

Larry Coryell Releases New Album With The Wide Hive Players

Larry Coryell With the Wide Hive Players comes out today and we have a new streaming track from the album on Soundcloud: “Honey Dijon.” On the new album, Larry Coryell aka ‘Godfather of Fusion,’ joins forces with The Wide Hive Players for these 13 electrifying new tracks.  Well-known for his driving tone and intricate flurries; Coryell delivers amazing and intense performances over solid, expansive grooves established by The Wide Hive Players. The Players, now consisting of the enormously talented rhythm section of bassist Matt Montgomery (Calvin Keys and Variable Unit) and Thomas McCree (Lyrics Born’s drummer), horn players Mike Rinta (Sly Stone, Santana), Doug Rowan (Jazz Mafia) and Pianist Adam Shulman, all contribute to create a cohesive alive sound, reminiscent of Coryell’s popular 1972-1974 era. Primarily jazz-funk, the album also glows with overtones of soul, blues, and has a definitive rock undercurrent. The record is timeless and current; reflective of past craftsmanship while remaining progressive and original.

More Info & Tracklisting

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Larry Coryell With the Wide Hive Players – Honey Dijon by Giant Step NYC