Throwback Thursday: The Very First ‘Giant Step’ @ SOBs – September 24, 1990

 

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As we approach the 23rd anniversary of the very first Giant Step club, it’s only fitting that we highlight the historic night for this week’s Throwback Thursday! Join our President/CEO Maurice Bernstein as he takes us back to September 24, 1990 at SOBs. Were you one of the few that were with us in those early days? Tell us what you remember!

This was the very first flyer for Giant Step. After the success of the Groove Academy shows in the summer of 1990, our goal was to set up a weekly party that focused on the jazz and dance movement that we were familiar with in London. We were very influenced by Dingwall’s Sunday party and The Wag Club, which I used to go to when I lived in London and Jonathan Rudnick (Giant Step co-founder) had visited as well.

But we didn’t want to just do a straight version of that; we wanted to bring in the elements that were fundamental to New York – one being hip-hop music – so, we decided to mix jazz and hip-hop together. However, there was very little music like that at that time – there was Tribe that was mixing jazz with some of their hip-hop and Gang Starr had just done “Jazz Thing.” It was also tough to find DJs who really knew how to play the music and make people dance, plus there weren’t really records

I ended up picking DJ Smash who I used go hear at Save The Robots, which was a famous after hours in New York in the 80′s. What I liked about Smash was his amazing music sensibility and knowledge, as well as his ability to mix anything, which is something that British DJs didn’t really have the ability to do. He was able to take original jazz records and mix them with hip-hop – exactly what we needed.

We were given Mondays by SOBs because it was a dead night for them. If I remember correctly, our original night had more people working than actual guests. Cool to note: there are in fact a few people who came to the opening who still come to Giant Step parties – Michael July is one of them. A lot of people claim to have been there in the early days, but I remember every single person that was there the first night because there weren’t that many of them.

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NYC: Turntables on the Hudson Present 5th Annual James Brown Tribute @ Drom – Dec 23

 

Join Nickodemus and Nappy G for a very special Turntables on the Hudson event this Friday at Drom in NYC. The crew is going to be hosting their 5th annual James Brown tribute entitled Church Of James and it’s going to get sweaty.

Get your pelvic thrusts in order – this is serious business.

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Turntables on the Hudson Presents ‘Church Of James’
Friday, December 23, 2011

Hosted by Nickodemus & Nappy G
w/ JB Fanatics, Cosmo Baker & $mall Change

Drom
85 Avenue A (btw 5th & 6th)
New York, NY

Admission: $5 before 12AM / $10 after 12AM

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NYC: Nickodemus & Nappy G @ LPR – 12/9

 

Join Nickodemus and Nappy G for Turntables on the Hudson this Friday at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC. There are going to be a lot of happy feet.

Details
Turntables on the Hudson
Live percussion by Nickodemus and Nappy G
Resident DJs Herbert Holler, Cosi, & Marc Smooth

Friday, December 9th
Le Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker St (btw Thompson & Sullivan St)
11PM-4AM

Admission: $10-15
Ladies free before 12AM

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Rare 1993 Live Recording of Groove Collective @ Sybarite

 

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Courtesy of Nappy G, we have a very rare 1993 live recording of Groove Collective at their Friday residency at the legendary club Sybarite in Soho, which we started to give the group a platform to play as a band. In fact, Groove Collective were born out of Giant Step’s weekly Thursday party in the early 1990′s where they would jam with DJs Smash and Jazzy Nice.

Above, also find a bonus tune by Groove Collective, 1994′s “Whatchugot.”

After the jump, find Nappy G’s comments about the recording as well as the full list of band members!

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Nappy G’s comments and band member list after the jump

Nickodemus, Nappy G, Amon & Erik The Red in Brooklyn Tomorrow + MP3

Tomorrow, Friday, April 30th at Littlefield, Turntables on the Hudson and Giant Step are teaming up to get you started on Spring (even if the weather refuses to cooperate). Nickodemus and Giant Step’s own Erik The Red will be behind the wonderwheels, joined by Amon and Nappy G on percussion. Buy your tickets in advance through Ticketfly.

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