New York Night Train's Soul Clap & Dance Off, The Harlem Gospel Travelers, Eli Reed Meets The High + Mighty Brass Band
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New York Night Train's Soul Clap & Dance Off
JONATHAN TOUBIN was awarded 2015's "BEST DJ" in the VILLAGE VOICE 60th anniversary BEST OF NYC: "We might live in an EDM world, but Jonathan Toubin has no truck with today's musical whims. Since 2007, Toubin's Soul Clap and Dance-Off has brought throwback pizzazz and retro cool to New York's late-night underground. Culled from an endless array of long-forgotten Sixties soul singles, Soul Clap is pure musical dynamite, the kind of after-hours party that exposes today's iTunes-bred, press-play DJs for their relative lack of roots and ingenuity. No fist-bumps or atomic bass drops here; instead, Toubin lovingly crafts five-hour sets that bring lost chestnuts from the likes of Vernon Harrell and the Blendells into clearer focus for a new generation of dance enthusiasts. You can try to put your moves to better use, but you'll be hard-pressed to find more cathartic, sweatier fun elsewhere in the city." (Village Voice, 2015)
Jonathan is pretty much the only DJ we actually like.” (VICE, 2014)
"Particularly chic... one of the most popular spinners in Williamsburg and the founder of the New York Night Train dance parties. His fare is already cleaner and more appreciative of American pop music history than much of the rest..." (NY Times, 2013)
"The most-liked man in the soul music scene" (Rolling Stone, 2012)
"This 45 hoarder made soul music fun again with his Soul Clap & Dance Off parties, where five-hour sets of rare grooves and B-sides provided a fleshy alternative to the club scene’s industrial snarl. Instead of bucking the trends of American pop music for some underground alternative, Toubin has made his name by embracing pop’s connective tissue, tracing the rhythm and blues, soul, and rock and roll of the nineteen-fifties and sixties. " (New Yorker, 2016)
"Jonathan Toubin is a multihypenate in every sense of the word... Toubin fuses obscure rhythm and blues from the '50s and '60s, with rock 'n' roll and soul 45s. His ongoing New York Night Train parties easily draw those typically found sulking in corners of bars out onto the dance floor." (Interview Magazine, 2015)
"New York Night Train's Jonathan Toubin is a veritable NYC nightlife institution." (TIME OUT, "Best Parties in NYC Right Now," 2015)
"NYC's hottest DJ" (New York Post, 2017)
"BEST DJ" (Village Voice "Best of NYC" 2014 Readers' Poll winner)
“Jonathan Toubin is New York rock and soul DJ who plays his collection of original 45rpm records to packed dance floors all over the world.” (Outlook, BBC World Service, 2014)”
"The best soul DJ in the land" (Flavorpill, 2013)
“The world’s PREMIERE soul DJ — on 45s, no less — no party is complete without a little Toubin.” (MTV.com, 2014)
“The long-running Soul Clap remains one of the sweatiest dance parties to be experienced in New York City. Fueled by his rare and raucous 45s collection, DJ Jonathan Toubin draws on raw soul and the most feral strains of rock ‘n’ roll from the early 1960s to power the nights.” (Wall Street Journal, 2014)
“Soul Clap is the most popular soul dance party in the world, playing to more people in more places than any other… Toubin plays all original soul 45s from the 1960s and uncommon upbeat cuts perfect for dancing the night away.” (SXSW Music News, 2014)
The Harlem Gospel Travelers
Conceived jointly by recording artist Eli “Paperboy” Reed and the founder of Gospel For Teens, Vy Higgensen, The Harlem Gospel Travelers began in 2013 as an offshoot of that Harlem based music education program dedicated to the preservation and discussion of Gospel Quartet music. Once Reed, who taught the class, realized the talent and dedication the young men in the program had, what started as a purely educational endeavor quickly blossomed into a full-fledged performing group. After initial street performances on the corner of 125th St. and Frederick Douglass Blvd, The Travelers (so named because they all travel to Harlem from far-flung corners of the tri-state area to participate in the program) joined Reed on stage at Lincoln Center Outdoors in the summer of 2016 and generated such a buzz that the demand for more performances could not be denied. Performing original material as well as classics of the genre by legendary groups like The Soul Stirrers and Swanee Quintet, these young men (none over the age of 21) are a musical force to be reckoned with destined for greater things to come.
Eli Reed Meets The High + Mighty Brass Band
The collaboration between Soul shouter Eli “Paperboy” Reed and the 10 piece bombastic fury that is High & Mighty Brass Band was a long time coming.
From the first time that Reed joined High & Mighty on stage it was clear that the combination was special. Reed’s powerful wailing over the top of a 10 piece brass band complete with tuba, two drummers, trombones and trumpets was a sound that had never been heard before.
After several high-profile shows together in Brooklyn, NY and Las Vegas, NV, it became abundantly clear that The Paperboy and The Brass Band needed to meet in the recording studio.
Over the course of three days in July of 2017, they recorded 11 tracks, all live to reel-to-reel tape. The selections include radical brass-band rearrangements of some of Reed’s Soul classics (“Come and Get It”, “WooHoo”, “Take My Love With You”), covers (Beyonce’s “Love on Top”) and a brand new Reed composition written specifically for this LP (“As I Live and Breathe”).
The finished product, Eli Paperboy Reed meets High & Mighty Brass Band, showcases the strengths of both performers. The sheer power and dynamic interplay of the High & Mighty horns coupled with the aggressive, exciting and preeminently soulful singing of Reed has to be heard to be believed. Drop the needle on EPR meets HMBB and you won’t be able to keep stop your feet from moving and your hands from clapping. Eli “Paperboy” Reed and High & Mighty Brass Band are on fire!