Rest In Peace, Chico Hamilton



Legendary jazz musician and leader of the Euphoria ensemble Chico Hamilton has passed away.

Coming up as a rising jazz drummer alongside other heavyweights such as Charles Mingus in high school, Chico played with Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole, Billie Holiday, Gerry Mulligan and others, cementing himself as a force to be reckoned with early on.

In 1987, he helped found the New School University Jazz & Contemporary Music Program in NYC, a place dear to many of our hearts.

His ensembles helped develop talent like Gabor Szabo and Larry Coryell, amongst many others. Chico is also credited as an influence for many contemporary talents such as Carlos Santana, Joe Claussell, Jose James, Mark de Clive-Lowe and Thievery Corporation.

Honored as a “Living Jazz Legend” by the Kennedy Center and as an NEA Jazz Master, Chico Hamilton was seminal to the jazz community, culture, and history. Material from his October 2013 recordings with his Euphoria ensemble will be released as the The Inquiring Mind in early 2014.

We are grateful to have had Chico as part of our own history here at Giant Step as well – he will be sorely missed.

The ongoing event series, Celebrating the Life & Music of Foreststorn ‘Chico’ Hamilton will continue on December 15 at Drom in NYC. Come out and pay homage to one of the greats.

NYC: Rebel Tumbao Album Pre-Release Event @ Drom – Oct 28


Rebel Tumbao (pronounced Toom-Ba-ou) is a spirited 12-piece band led by Matt Jenson (keys) and José Claussell (multi-percussionist). Their music fuses contemporary Cuban son and Jamaican roots reggae with soul, funk, and jazz to create a mood that can only be explained as rousing.

Get to know the band in the video clip above and get familiar with some more of the music below! On October 28, join Rebel Tumbao for their album pre-release event at Drom and get lifted. Also, be sure not to miss the special DJ set by legendary Joe Claussell. Details below!

Event Details
Rebel Tumbao Album Pre-Release Event
w/ DJ set by Joe Claussell

Monday, October 28
Doors 7.30PM / Show 9PM

Tickets: $10 adv / $15 door
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85 Avenue A
New York, NY

Miami: ‘Elements Of Life – Eclipse’ Release Party – March 19 @ PAX


March 19 will see the release of Elements Of Life – Eclipse, a 2-disc live orchestral album by Louie Vega. The historic Fania Records will be hosting a release party in Miami on the same night, which will feature a performance with the complete Elements of Life band as well as DJ sets from Louie Vega and Joe Claussell. Definitely not a night to miss!

Event Details
Elements of Life – Eclipse Release Party
Tuesday, March 19
Free with RSVP

PAX: Performing Arts Exchange
337 S.W. 8 St.
Miami, FL

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Video: Joe Claussell – ‘Residue Part One – Eno’


House legend Joaquin “Joe” Claussell has just launched a mind-bending new project he calls the Residue Series. Having released part one of the project, he this week published the video teaser giving a taste of the esoteric aural journey.

Below is a description of the series. Unique it is indeed:

The main concept arrived from Joaquin distorting former interpretations from the late Unchained Rhythms series. However it is not confined to just the aforementioned, but instead contemporary out worldly compositions are formed as envisioned during his visit to the other side, including sights that are bestowed upon him by the way of day dreams.

This first of the series exhibits Joaquin propelling the primitive released “Eno” into an entirely new dimension, resulting in what Joaquin describes as a “Mind fuck” battle between himself and himself.

Where the residue cycle will lead not even Joaquin knows for sure, however if it’s freakish traveling that you are looking for, then you came to the right place.

Purchase Residue Part One – Eno (12″ Vinyl) on Bandcamp

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Next Step May Winner: Jaidene Veda


Finally! Proud to announce our May Next Step winner to be the charming miss Jaidene Veda!

After co-writing and self-produceding three independent albums and two Billboard club singles, this young Canadian lady has already garnered recognition in the underground house community and the international top 40 club scene. Interestingly, Veda got her start in 2000 as an event producer and party promoter, inevitably helping her develop an audience prior to presenting herself as a singer.

Over the years, she has worked with an impressive who’s who, including Joe Claussell, Josh Milan, Glenn Underground, Jimpster, the Ananda Project, and Reelsoul.

This past fall saw the released of Jaidene’s debut full length album, Pisces Pendulum, which is an enchanting blend of loungy, jazzy, and soulful deep house sounds, and has been lauded by the likes of DJ Spinna, Danny Krivit, and Kenny Dope.

More after the jump