56th Annual Grammy Nominations

 

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Such a pleasure to see all these amazing Giant Step clients, partners, and fam getting recognized on this year’s list of Grammy nominees. Hats off to all!

The 56th Grammys will air on January 26. Visit the Grammy website for a full list of nominees.

Record of the Year
Get Lucky – Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams

Album of the Year
Random Access Memories – Daft Punk

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Get Lucky – Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams

Best Pop Vocal Album
Paradise – Lana Del Rey

Best R&B Performance
Nakamarra – Hiatus Kaiyote Featuring Q-Tip
Best Of Me – Anthony Hamilton

Best R&B Song
Best Of Me – Anthony Hamilton

Best R&B Album
Love In The Future – John Legend

Best Traditional R&B Performance
Hey Laura – Gregory Porter

Best Dance/Electronica Album
Random Access Memories – Daft Punk
Settle – Disclosure
A Color Map Of The Sun – Pretty Lights

Best Jazz Vocal Album
Liquid Spirit – Gregory Porter

Best Urban Contemporary Album
One: In The Chamber – Salaam Remi

Best Dance Recording
Atmopshere – Kaskade

Best Song Written for Visual Media
Young and Beautiful – Lana Del Rey

Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical
Summertime Sadness (Cedric Gervais Remix) – Lana Del Rey

Best Regional Roots Music Album
The Life & Times Of…The Hot 8 Brass Band – Hot 8 Brass Band

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
Random Access Memories – Daft Punk

Throwback Thursday: Bootsy Collins @ SOBs – Sep 26 & 27, 1990

 

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For this week’s Throwback Thursday, Giant Step President/CEO Maurice Bernstein tells us about Bootsy Collins’ fall 1990 shows at SOBs.

We started the Groove Academy shows in June of 1990 with Leon Thomas and The JBs. The JBs featured Maceo Parker, Pee wee Ellis, and Fred Wesley. And after meeting those guys, I was able to meet Bobby Byrd – also a James Brown alumni.

By continuing to put on shows with these artists and building their trust, we came to a place where we were able to ask Bobby’s wife Vicky Anderson if she could give us Bootsy Collins’ number. Bootsy was also an alumni of James Brown plus a member of Funkadelic.

We wanted to bring Bootsy to New York for a show – he hadn’t played New York in 5 years. I didn’t realize that Bootsy was living at home with his mother at the time. So when I called, his mother answered and I said, “Excuse me, is Bootsy there, please?” And she said, “Hold on a second.” She shouted up the stairs, “William! There’s some guy with a strange accent on the phone.”

Bootsy came to the phone and in the trademark Bootsy voice started talking to me. I explained who I was, that Vicky Anderson and Bobby Byrd had given me his number, and that I wanted to know if he’d be interested to coming to New York and doing some shows for us. He said, “Yeah, I need to you speak to my brother, he takes care of all the arrangements.” Bootsy’s brother was Catfish Collins, another James Brown alumni.

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Peter Kruder Joins Q-Tip for #Offline This Week @ Output – October 2

 

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This week, we have another special edition of #Offline with “one party in two rooms!” As always, Q-Tip will be holding it down in the main room, spinning only the best, and keeping you on your toes. We also have some great special guests joining us that you won’t want to miss!

In the Panther Room, we have the pleasure of welcoming Peter Kruder (Kruder & Dorfmeister), Nickodemus (Turntables on the Hudson) and Wiseacre (theLIFT – LA, the303 – NYC). Rocking the main room and opening for Q-Tip will be the lovely Natasha Diggs of the Mobile Mondays crew.

Last week’s #Offline was one for the history books! We were thrilled to have the opportunity to pay homage to legendary musician, producer, guitarist, and songwriter Nile Rodgers as our guest of honor. It was truly unforgettable. To boot, we had the great DJ Spinna as our guest DJ and were graced with visits from Philip Bailey of Earth Wind and Fire, Afrika Baby Bam, and Michael K Williams.

Join us tomorrow at Output and help us continue a tradition in the making!

About #Offline
Presented by Giant Step and featuring Grammy award-winning music icon Q-Tip as the resident DJ, #Offline is your chance to unplug, unwind, and get down with some undeniable tunes. Treat yourself to the very best in modern and classic music and come enjoy a night that’s previously been attended by Dave Chappelle, Estelle, Philip Bailey (of Earth Wind and Fire), Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Large Professor, and James Poyser, amongst other notable greats!

Event Details
Giant Step Presents #Offline w/ Q-Tip
Special Guest of Honor Nile Rodgers
& DJ Spinna as Guest DJ

Wednesday, October 2
Doors 10PM

Tickets: $10 (advance)
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Output
74 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY

This Week’s #Offline Was One for the Books!

 

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Yesterday’s edition of #Offline was one for the history books, we had the pleasure of honoring the music and legacy of legendary musician, producer, guitarist, and songwriter Nile Rodgers. Hearing the music was monumental but having him there was unbelievable. Q-Tip & DJ Spinna went back to back playing their favorite tracks from Nile’s extensive library of hits plus artists that have sampled his music. Philip Bailey of Earth Wind and Fire also dropped by as did Afrika Baby Bam, and Michael K Williams.

Here you can watch a quick video of the awesome scene last night! Watch the video.

Photographed above are Nile and Spinna enjoying the night; After the jump find a couple more photos from the night!

More photos after the jump