Bebel Gilberto to Release All In One

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Known for her adventurous blends of Brazilian, European and electronic pop styles, Bebel Gilberto continues to blur musical boundaries on her release All In One. But the sensual rhythms of her native country dominate the production courtesy of Carlinhos Brown, Didi Gutman (Brazilian Girls), Mark Ronson, Daniel Jobim and John King of the acclaimed Dust Brothers.

The thoughtful artistry and sensitive vocal execution heard throughout All In One, to be released on September 29th, are culminations of a lifetime of performing. Music, the stage – it’s all in Gilberto’s blood. Bebel will showcase songs from her new Verve album in a special release performance at New York City’s The Box on Tuesday, September 29th.
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Giant Step Presents SVEDKA Sessions #3: An Evening With Diane Birch

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Giant Step presents the third installment of SVEDKA Vodka Sessions: an evening with singer/songwriter Diane Birch and special guest DJ Anané Vega for a not-to-be-missed showcase at Hudson Bar at Hudson.

SVEDKA Vodka Sessions, a concert series brought to you by Giant Step and SVEDKA, brings you the very best bands and emerging artists. The series has already featured Wale with DJ Mark Ronson at Private Park at Hudson Hotel in New York, as well as Peter Bjorn And John and DJ Jason Bentley at Skybar at Mondrian Hotel in West Hollywood.

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Photos From Q-Tip’s “Long Live the King! A Birthday Celebration for Michael Jackson”

On Saturday, August 29th – what would have been Michael Jackson’s 51st birthday – fans of the King of Pop gathered at New York City’s NOKIA Theatre Times Square for Q-Tip Presents: “Long Live the King! A Birthday Celebration for Michael Jackson.”

The crowd danced the night away to never-before-heard remixes of Michael Jackson’s hits, as well as rare video footage from the Motown and Sony vaults. Joining Q-Tip onstage to DJ were special guests DJ Spinna and Mark Ronson. At one point, Quincy Jones called in to say a few words to the audience. Other celebrities in attendance included Solange Knowles, Marsha Ambrosius, Grandmaster Flash, DJ Premier and Anthony Anderson.

Wale at Hudson Hotel Private Park, SVEDKA Sessions #1

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Check out this footage from our first SVEDKA party! Wale and DJ Mark Ronson at the Hudson Hotel Private Park in New York.

Giant Step Resident 49: J. Cole, Big Sean, Fresh Daily & Jesse Boykins III

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Lately, some new artists have hit the interwebs who are down right addictive and, if all goes well, they will be giving fans the shakes on a massive level. J. Cole’s “A Dollar and A Dream II” affixes graceful metaphors about the throes of quarter-life insecurity to a generous piano melody that makes a clean break from the ever-ubiquitous synth-hop. Jay-Z scooped the North Carolina MC as the first signee to his newly-formed Roc Nation imprint; a move that makes sense since Cole has the same low-key cleverness that has rendered Hov a mega-bajillionaire. He’s young so his mixtape The Warm Up has the requisite knuckle-headed sneaker and swagger rhymes. But the clean production has the classic brooding sensibility of jazz-sampled hip hop from Slum Village and Little Brother. Tracks like “I Get Up” and “Losing My Balance” are that good good.

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