musicians

Pioneering Guitarist Larry Coryell Passes Away at Age 73

Pioneering guitarist Larry Coryell, died of natural causes in New York City on February 19, 2017, at the age of 73. Known as the godfather of jazz fusion, Coryell worked with many notables throughout his career such as John McLaughlin,…

40th Anniversary of La Plaza Cultural Sat June 18th 5pm

We are really excited to hear about this event which has not been widely publicized. It is the 40th anniversary of an important time and place in the East Village that spawned a new generation of art and activism. Lydia…

Farewell Mr. Bowie

I’m not sure much can be added to the tremendous outpouring of sentiments that has followed the untimely death of David Bowie. So much has been said about his genius and creativity, his ability to always keep us guessing and…

Rare Video For Bob Dylan’s ‘Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues’ from NPR

December 4, 2015 by Robin Hilton • Bob Dylan‘s 1965 classic “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues” is a dense masterpiece, packed with literary references and serpentine tales about a weary, uncertain life on the road….(see the video and whole article from NPR)

Musicians Union Fights Majors for Lack of Pension Contributions

From The American Federation of Musicians News via Local 802 Companies Sued For Failing To Fund Pensions August 10, 2015 The American Federation of Musicians and Employers’ Pension Fund (AFM Pension Fund) is suing Atlantic Recording Corporation (Atlantic), Hollywood Records…

James Murphy and the Future Sounds of NYC’s Subway

James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem has been working toward his longtime vision of making the NYC subway system a more musical experience. Here he is talking about it in a recent interview on WQXR.   and here is a short…

Steve Reich App to Improve Your Rhythm

Steve Reich has just released a free rhythm game app on the iTunes store called “Steve Reich’s Clapping Music” which allows you to compete for a chance to perform live with his ensemble! You can read more about here. And…

Lew Soloff a New York Trumpet Great Passes On at 71

The jazz trumpeter, composer and actor Lew Soloff passed away in New York City on march 8th of 2015 after suffering an apparent heart attack. He was 71. Originally from New York, he studied trumpet at the Eastman School of…

Afrika Bambaataa vs. Arthur Baker

Giant Step teamed up with W Hotels for a very special edition of “Gangs of New York” featuring Afrika Bambaataa vs. Arthur Baker last night, playing together for the very first time! If you are not familiar with Arthur, he…