NYC: Giant Step Presents José James At Highline Ballroom – 1/23/13

We are proud to have Brooklyn-based vocalist José James performing a unique event celebrating No Beginning No End, his full length label debut on Blue Note Records.

Witness an intimate set of José’s own intoxicating blend of jazz, hip hop, and R&B featuring his soulful and poignant voice.

Grab your ticket here.

Giant Step Presents José James
Friday, January 23rd 2013
Highline Ballroom/ 431W 16th St (between 9th and 10th avenue)
Doors: 6:00 PM / More Info

New Track: Seravince – “U Love” ft. Renee Neufville

 

Keyboardist and composer Seravince will be soon releasing his new album Hear To See (ain’t that the truth). In the intermix, cozy up to the album’s first single “U Love” with the much loved Renee Neufville of Zhane and kick booty drummer Richard Spaven (Flying Lotus, Jose James).

The swaying soul track dances around your eardrums with a fluent carefreeness.

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Video: Robert Glasper Interviews Jose James, Pt. 2 & 3

 

Robert Glasper continues to flex his interviewing skills on parts two and three of his video series with the dashing Jose James.

Part two is all about the musicians and the team that helps Jose express his vision. Some incredibly talented and timeless musicians up in the mix. On part three, Robert compliments Jose’s voice to be something like that of a ‘hip 60 year old man.’ Travels, future plans, Jose’s birthday, and a guest appearance from God are touched on. Don’t sleep!

Watch Part 1 here.

Look out for No Beginning, No End on January 22.

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Video: Robert Glasper Interviews Jose James, Pt. I

 

Complete with original theme music, Robert Glasper hosts an interview with dreamy singer man Jose James. The charming and lovably goofy musician creates quite the entertaining atmosphere as he speaks with Jose on his Blue Note signing, his upcoming album title (No Beginning, No End), and some views on approaching jazz.

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Interview: Gilles Peterson Talks New Projects, Radio 6, & NYC Night @ LPR on 10/25

 

October 25 will mark another unforgettable NYC night with the return of Gilles Peterson to NYC! We checked in with the legendary wearer of many hats before the much anticipated gig. More details on the event after the jump. Dig into the interview below!

Giant Step: How’s the transition been going moving from BBC Radio 1 over to Radio 6? How’s the new experience?

Gilles Peterson: Apart from missing my Saturday afternoons watching my team (the mighty ArsenalFC) play its been a perfect transition for me. Still being on the BBC network and in particular on a network that ‘gets’ what I do is special. I really appreciate the freedom I’ve always had as a broadcaster, especially when you see what little else in radio there is about. being able to play music as diverse as Philip Cohran or Roland Kirk alongside Daphne and Angel Haze is a great place to be and I appreciate every minute!

GS: Looks like you’ve got a lot going on with the festival circuit. Any highlights to share?

GP: The festival in France that I’ve been hosting for the last seven years has definitely become my favourite time of the year. It takes place over a week every July in the town of Sete near Montpellier in the south of France and has become a magnet for a great multinational crowd of music fans. The Portico Quartet and Machinedrum were particular highs at this year’s event.

GS: We see that you recently released the Black Jazz Radio in Japan. Can you tell us more about the idea behind that project and when we can expect it in the US?

GP: To be asked to make a compilation album of the legendary black jazz catalogue was something I couldn’t turn down. I have all their releases from the Doug and Jean Carne stuff to the Calvin Keys and Rudolph Johnson albums. It’s a label a little like Impulse or Strata East – conscious Jazz music. In fact, you should check the book Freedom Rhythm and Sound I released 2 years ago with Stuart Baker from Soul Jazz to see how passionate I am about this music! Black Jazz Radio should be in stores now – in fact, it’s been out in Japan since before the summer – I was quite surprised to see it already in the record shops of Tokyo when I was there recently.

Rest of the interview and event details after the jump