On a yet-to-be-aired VH1 Unplugged episode, Adele gave a stunning version of Aretha Franklin‘s classic song “Natural Woman.” Any music fan knows that to cover Aretha is a bold move. But Adele pulled it off beautifully, and this video is making the rounds on the web as we wait for the new album 21. Don’t forget to visit the ’21 Days of Adele’ site for exclusive video interviews, performances and other goodies.
Check out this video of Adele performing “Someone Like You” live in her home. Also an interesting tidbit of gossip to share with you all, according to sources, Adele has credited Sarah Palin with the success of her career here in the US. Adele gave a performance on SNL a few years back where Sarah Palin made an appearance as a featured guest. During an interview with Attitude to promote her upcoming album 21 she was heard saying this:
“Sarah Palin made my career by coming on that show. I saw the back of Sarah Palin, and I thought it was Tina Fey, and I fucking love Tina Fey, and I was, ‘Tina, Tina’. She didn’t even acknowledge me, she was just completely oblivious. Then Sarah Palin asked to come and meet me, and my gays were in the room, saying, ‘If she comes in, I’m leaving’. She cornered me and said hello. And I had a massive Obama badge on my tit”.
There is a new wave of jazz musicians taking over the scene with the kind of vitality, creativity and energy that only youth can bring to such an esteemed tradition. José James is among those musicians making waves across the world and he has been a favorite of ours since our Brownswood Sessions days. Giant Step is excited to be bringing José James for a special evening at Littlefield in Brooklyn, NY on Friday, December 3rd. Always taking on new challenges, José will be giving a Billy Strayhorn two-night tribute concert this weekend at the Lincoln Center under the direction of Wynton Marsalis that already has New York buzzing. Read what Time Out New York has to say about it here.
Giant Step and (Le) Poisson Rouge are proud to present Aloe Blacc & The Grand Scheme with special guests Maya Jupiter, The Stepkids, and DJ $mall ¢hange on Thursday, November 18th, at (Le) Poisson Rouge. If you were there to catch Mr. Blacc at our Summerstage performance this past Summer, then you should already know this is not a show to miss. If an Aloe performance is new to you, then check out this video of him performing “Loving you is killing me” live in studio. There will be horns, there will be bass, there will be soul.
Due to complications in production, Corinne Bailey Rae’s show has been moved from The Beach at Governors Island to Terminal 5. Doors open at 7pm on Friday, August 6th and show starts at 8pm with a special performance by Sondre Lerche. For those that have bought your tickets already, have no fear, all Governors Island tickets will be honored at Terminal 5. For those who haven’t yet, don’t wait too long or you might not get a ticket at all.