Throwback Thursday: ‘New Music Nights’ in NYC – July 21-23, 1993

 

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For this week’s Throwback Thursday, Giant Step President/CEO Maurice Bernstein tells us about the three New Music Nights we hosted for New Music Seminar from July 21 to July 23 in 1993. Be sure to catch music from some of the great artists we presented after the jump! And as always, feel free to share with us your favorite memories from these nights and of these artists!

The first night of the New Music Seminar we presented under our Groove Academy name. We held it at the New Music Café, which later came to be known as the Canal Room.

Weldon Irvine was on the bill. He was a very well respected funk and soul artist from the 60s and 70s, was Nina Simone’s musical director in the 1960s, and co-wrote “Young, Gifted, & Black.” He also put out a number of very influential albums in the 1970s on RCA, which were heavily sampled and were very, very rare.

I met him when he came to the Giant Step club in 1991 at the Village Gate and introduced himself to me; I was totally blown away – I didn’t even know he was still alive! At that point, he’d been putting out music under the name Master Wel with his own band. Also important to note is that he trained a lot of the great funk and soul musicians who came out of Jamaica, Queens in the 1970s, like Marcus Miller, Don Blackman. In fact, Don Blackman was in his band.

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New Release: Marcus Miller – ‘Renaissance’

 

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Jazz musician and two time Grammy Award winner Marcus Miller today released his new album, Renaissance. In the above video, Marcus speaks on the background of the album and shares his recording process with us.

About inspiration of the album’s title and theme, Marcus says:

“The last of our heroes are checking out and we are truly entering a new era. Politically, things have polarized and are coming to a head. Musically, we’ve got all these cool ways to play and share music – MP3 files, internet radio and satellite radio – but the music is not as revolutionary as the media. It’s time for a rebirth.”

Enter our contest to win Renaissance.

Marcus Miller – “Jekyll & Hyde” [MP3]
 

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SMV: The Thunder Tour Strikes Nokia Theatre Times Square Tomorrow

event-22400-28-04022009-0The mighty all-bass trio of Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller and Victor Wooten is set to send down an electrifying performance at Nokia Theatre Times Square this Friday, June 12.

The unique alliance of three generations of bass gods has been on chat room and fan gathering wish lists for over 15 years. Finally in 2007, with Clarke set to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from Bass Player magazine, at its annual Bass Player Live! event in New York City, Miller and Wooten made the time to attend and induct their mentor. The ensuing jam not only blew the minds of the 900 in attendance, it cemented for the trio their inherent musical chemistry and thus the viability of pursuing the project in earnest. As a result, in January 2008, SMV entered the studio to record a CD and put together a summer/fall tour.

Clarke sums up, “Considering we’re three guys playing the same instrument, it’s going to be a real revelation for folks. You’ll hear the electric bass in particular with some whole other possibilities. It’s a great new day for the bass.”

Nokia Theatre Times Square
1515 Broadway at 44th St
New York, NY

Showtime: 8:00 PM
Doors open: 7:00 PM

Ages: 16 & Over
Ticket Prices: $30

Tickets available at Ticketmaster