NYC: Robert Glasper: Songs in the Key of Life @ Harlem Stage – December 13 & 14 + Win Tickets

 

The massively talented and Grammy-nominated Robert Glasper will be bringing together his also supremely skilled comrades for a couple unforgettable evenings on December 13 and December 14. As you may have guessed, Robert Glasper: Songs in the Key of Life, the performances will pay homage to the timeless catalog of Stevie Wonder, including “new arrangements of Wonder’s music and the premiere of new Harlem Stage commissioned compositions by Glasper, inspired by Stevie Wonder.”

The events will take place at the Harlem Stage and will bring together the famed Robert Glasper Experiment along with Lalah Hathaway, Eric Roberson, Stokley (from Mint Condition), Questlove (Thursday only), and others.

On the December 14 night, a special pre-performance discussion will take place at 6:30PM with Robert Glasper, moderated by Andre Torres, Editor-in-Chief at Wax Poetics.

All but the Thursday 10PM show are sold out!

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Photo: Stevie Wonder at Outside Lands 2012

 

Giant Step contributor Emmanuel Blackwell shares some words on his Outside Lands experience, including photos from performances by Stevie Wonder and Santigold.

As cliché as it sounds, it has been a little over 72 hours and it still hasn’t quite set in that I was roughly 20 feet from the stage watching an American icon perform the songs that have helped mold the musical fabric of generations past, present and future.

Being at San Francisco’s Outside Lands is like being a kid in a candy store—for three whole days. There’s food, art, booze, and more distinguised musicians than you literally can even attempt to watch perform. On the final day of the prolific festival just a few of the names scheduled to hit the stage included: Franz Ferdinand, Skrillex, fun., City and Colour, Regina Spektor, Jack White, Santigold and the aforementioned living-legend Stevie Wonder to close out the show.

With thousands of people filling acres of The City’s historical Golden Gate Park with their ears and eyes wide open, Stevie delivered, dare I say, a Wonder-ful performance that left no attendee disappointed.

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Emmanuel Blackwell is a San Francisco native and photographer who documents music, street scenes, and the fine art of every day life. Find his work at emmanuelblackwell.com.

New Release: Rebecca Ferguson – ‘Heaven’

 

The sensational British singer-songwriter Rebecca Ferguson has released her debut album, Heaven, in the US today!

After making it to #3 on the UK album chart, Rebecca’s only way to go has been up. Joined by a stellar team, including Eg White, Fraser T Smith, and Claude Kelly, Heaven is a truly memorable work filled with emotion that hits you time and time again.

Rebecca sites an array of influences – Ray Charles, Tupac, Sam Cooke, Stevie Wonder, Florence and The Machine, Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj and Adele. At the core of it, though, Rebecca is pure soul.

Below, watch Rebecca perform “Glitter & Gold” Live. Doesn’t her voice make you feel warm all over?

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Video: Lakecia Benjamin – “Jump And Shout”

 

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Charismatic saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin recently released a video for her upcoming solo album, Retox. The funky soul tune is called “Jump And Shout” and features Lakedcia partying all around the city with her pals.

The young musician has played with Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, The Roots and Macy Gray, and is more than ready to leave her mark as a one woman powerhouse.

Playing composer, producer, and saxophonist on her new album, Lakecia is really showing her range with this project. “This album is really a fruition of years of songwriting as much as it is a showcase for my sax playing and horn arrangements,” she says.

Retox drops June 12.

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Rest In Peace, Don Cornelius

 

Don Cornelius, creator and longtime host of the iconic Soul Train show, passed away early this morning at the age of 75. Airing from 1970 to 2006, Soul Train went down in history as the longest running nationally syndicated program.

Having created the first major platform for Black entertainers and music in American households, Don’s contributions are truly immortalized – he will not be forgotten.

Classic Soul Train videos with Stevie Wonder, Curtis Mayfield, & the Soul Train dancers after the jump