Blake Costanzo ’06 is in his second season with the Chicago Bears and his seventh in the National Football League. He also is the only Lafayette College graduate in the NFL. The New York Jets gave him his first opportunity. While he was visiting NYC and trying on clothes at the Schuyler 4 showroom, our conversation covers Blake’s football journey, building hotrod cars the most stylish ‘Bear’ and his thoughts on New York.
Omar Hakim is one of the best drummers alive. What’s the story behind his drumsticks? He has drummed for Patty Labelle, Dire Straits, Sting and Daft Punk to name a few. He has been using the same drumstick brand for over 30 years. Omar shares the story of meeting Vic Firth 30 years ago, the designer of his drumsticks. While he is trying on clothes at http://www.Schuyler4.com showroom to wear at his Grammy performance with Daft Punk, Omar also gives us a great breakdown on the history of drumsticks, talks about the drummers who have influenced him, his new website and the drummer’s community.
Notable artists he has played with are Anita Baker, Sting, Weather Report, Mariah Carey, Madonna, David Bowie, Miles Davis, Chic, Bryan Ferry, Aziza Mustafa Zadeh, Everything but the Girl, Marcus Miller, Kazumi Watanabe, Lee Ritenour, Chieli Minucci, The Rippingtons, Bobby McFerrin, and Daft Punk, among others.
Many say he is the best drummer alive. Omar Hakim’s first break as a drummer came at age 16 with Patti Labelle. In 1984, Hakim did most of the drum work on Dire Straits’ album Brothers in Arms. Notable artists he has played with are Anita Baker, Sting, Weather Report, Mariah Carey, Madonna, David Bowie, Miles Davis, Chic, Bryan Ferry, Aziza Mustafa Zadeh, Everything but the Girl, Marcus Miller, Kazumi Watanabe, Lee Ritenour, Chieli Minucci, The Rippingtons, Bobby McFerrin, and Daft Punk, among others.
While he is trying on clothes at http://www.Schuyler4.com showroom to wear at his Grammy performance with Daft Punk, Omar talks about his solo project and shares the story of how he and Daft Punk came together. Omar will be wearing Alberto, Haupt and Codice designs.
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I was visiting a friends showroom and met one of the original members of Spyro Gyra, Gerardo Velez. With 14 Grammy nominations and millions of records sold, they are the most successful jazz band of all time. But his career began with Jimi Hendrix. He notably joined The Jimi Hendrix Band of Gypsies and performed at the Woodstock Festival. While we are trying on designs by Haupt, Alberto and Codice designs at http://www.Schuyler4.com showroom, Jerry shared stories about when Jimi Hendrix asked him to join his band, childhood influences, the creation of Spyro Gyra; and we talk about the power of Hawaii’s nature.
Since performing with Jimi Hendrix and Spyro Gyra, Gerardo has continued to record and tour with high-profile artists, including David Bowie, Elton John and Duran Duran. in addition, Gerardo Velez has been nominated for seven Grammy Awards and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Gerardo Velez Production Montage http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6goDP9Yp2us
MVP Project (Makana Velez and People) password is venue:http://vimeo.com/18559113
“Velez” by Kenny Rankin
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“Fela Kuti is the James Brown of Africa. We have been pushing the idea that Afrobeat is apart of Black history for 13 years”. Rich Medina introduced a whole generation of dancers to Fela Kuti and Afrobeat with his Jump N’ Funk parties. The party has been branded “the first and most consistent DJ-based party dedicated to Fela Kuti and his message of peace and equality through music.” A a staple on dancefloors from New York to Berlin for over a decade.
“Rich Medina re-creates the vibe of a Fela Kuti concert, utilizing culturally relevant African photography and Nigerian dance videos for visuals and live percussion by Juan Carlos Izaguire and the legendary Leonard “Doc” Gibbs to accompany his turntable mixes, not to mention live performances by some of the world’s most respected Afrobeat leaders, including both of Fela’s sons, Femi and Seun Kuti. Other artists that have collaborated with Rich Medina for past JUMP N’ FUNK parties have been Zap Mama, Sandra Isadore, Akoya, Chicago Afrobeat Project, Wunmi, Ron Trent and many others.”
Started DJing at 10, graduated from Cornell University and today is teaching at Cornell, talking at Ted talks and and spreading the music of Fela. “The club is my Church”
Mark Alequin aka Ted1″ was born and raised in the Lower East side ..been doing graffiti since 1980 and selling street art for 13 years. Its rough. I’ve been to jail for selling my art. I am a starving artist”. With Banksy getting so much love in NYC with his “Better In Than Out,” tour I wanted to get feedback from a NYC graffiti artist. I have seen Ted1 for years selling his art on Prince street between Mercer and Broadway in Soho. We talk about the history of NYC graffiti, his story, Banksy and the future. If you have walked along Prince street btwn mercer & Broadway over the last 13 years, you know his face and work. His work is prominently displayed on the brick walls along Prince street.