New Release: The Hot at Nights – ‘Nice Talk’ + Exclusive “CisforKaddafi” MP3


Foreign Exchange guitarist Chris Boerner has just released a new project with his own group, The Hot at Nights. The debut album is called Nice Talk and features Boerner playing an 8-string guitar with Matt Douglas on woodwinds and Nick Baglio on drums. Recorded throughout the course of “many sweltering evenings” in Raleigh, North Carolina, The Hot at Nights blend classic jazz improvisation with funk, pop, rock, and of course, your healthy dose of soul. Ready yourself for some groovy instrumental jazz sounds that traverse the globe.

Exclusively at Giant Step, download one of our favorite tracks, “CisforKaddafi,” for free!

The Hot at Nights – “CisforKaddafi” [MP3]

Purchase Nice Talk at Chris Boerner Store


New Release: The Foreign Exchange – ‘Dear Friends’ CD+DVD + Tour Dates


In early June, we posted a lovely track from The Foreign Exchange’s Dear Friends CD+DVD featuring Paris and Amber of KING. Dear Friends captures the live recording of a very special intimate evening that went down in Durham earlier this year.

For folks not already up on game, the project released a few weeks ago and it’s is chockfull of jazzy, lounge-worthy renditions that will have you doing your swanky most at your next dinner party.

Sway to classics like “I Wanna Know,” “House Of Cards,” and “Daykeeper” as well as new tracks such as “Steal Away” featuring Jeanne Jolly and the aforementioned track with Paris and Amber.

Foreign Exchange has also just started out on a handful of tour dates. Really go check out their live show, folks – it’s entertainment for days.

Purchase Dear Friends on iTunes | Amazon | TFE Store

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The Foreign Exchange – “The Last Fall” Video

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The latest video off their third album, Authenticity, from The Foreign Exchange has left a few fans disturbed, with a much darker story than usual. It might be menacing but it’s still in the style of The Foreign Exchange and it’s just as genuine.

Buy Authenticity on iTunes | Amazon | +FE Store

UCLA Jazz Reggae Festival: Ticket Giveaway

The UCLA Jazz Reggae Festival is coming up soon (‘Jam Day’ is May 30th, ‘Reggae Day’ is May 31st) and the line-up is fantastic. Raphael Saadiq, Q-Tip, Georgia Anne Muldrow & Declaime (G&D), The Foreign Exchange, Bilal, Quadron, hosted by Zion-I. And that’s just the first day. ‘Reggae Day’ brings on Nas & Damien Marley, Barrington Levy, and our clear favorite, Nneka. We have a pair of tickets to giveaway to one lucky winner in the area. Enter to win after the jump!

We can’t all make it there, but remember that Giant Step’s Summerstage 2010 (NYC) will feature the incredible Raphael Saadiq, with more great artists to be announced soon!

Raphael Saadiq – “Oh Girl”

Nneka – “Heartbeat”

Nas & Damien Marley – “As We Enter”

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