John “Jellybean” Benitez Interview 1979

May 23rd, 2008 by RJJNYC

Cribbed shamelessly from a post to DHP by JJ11.

Disco-Disco has a good bio http://www.disco-disco.com/tributes/jellybean.shtml

And Jellybean is still going strong almost 30 years later, his Myspace page has info on his label and parties including the monthly residency, Aint Nuthin But a House Party.

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Jestofunk – I’m Gonna Love You/Sound Factory Bar

May 14th, 2008 by RJJNYC

Proof that an overused vocal sample can be made magical again. Frankie Knuckles would wreck the Sound Factory Bar with this, continually cutting back to the opening chords which sounded gorgeous on the Bar’s system. One of the signature records of the early days of Frankie Knuckles Fridays, I think.

And just found another Frankie Knuckles favorite, it had been out a couple of years but would still cause a trippy dancefloor freakout every time he played it (although he had a version with less vocals on it and a long hallucinatory breakdown, not sure which mix it was).

A short clip of the club from later on, after the DJ booth had been moved from upstairs down next to the dancefloor.

Underground Network was also a great party. Before the circle dancers started getting in the way, it had the best mixed straight/gay dance crowd I’d ever experienced. And Louie Vega was an amazing DJ, technically flawless and, like Junior at the time, a knack for working a multiple copies of a track. He’d also drop slow classics like Summer Madness and Everybody Loves the Sunshine at just the right moment. Well I guess now I’ve started, and since every track in the world is slowly ending up on YouTube, and it is the start of summer…

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Church Sessions Mother’s Day Edition

May 9th, 2008 by RJJNYC

At the Sound Factory, Junior Vasquez used to play The Intruders – I’ll Always Love My Mama in honor of Mother’s Day. Mr. Black’s new Church Sessions at Shelter is having a special celebration this weekend.

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A pic from a prior party:

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And the Intruders – I’ll Always Love My Mama.

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