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Atmosphere / Pre-show Music for HBO Henrietta Lacks Screening at SVA NYC | April 18 2017
April 20, 2017 11:42 AM PDT
Atmosphere / Pre-show Music for HBO Henrietta Lacks Screening at SVA NYC | April 18 2017
Pleasure to warm up the audience with music that's congruent with the film.
Thank you, HBO!
Baltimore - Lianne La Havas
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/12/arts/television/oprah-winfrey-on-the-the-immortal-life-of-henrietta-lacks.html | http://www.hbo.com/movies/the-immortal-life-of-henrietta-lacks | https://www.facebook.com/QoolMarv/ | http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/oprah-wants-the-world-to-know-henrietta-lacks-is-a-hidden-figure-no-more_us_58f848a3e4b070a1175011f7Qool Marv Plays for Oprah Winfrey at HBO Films Premiere of the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks at TAO Downtown New York City on April 18 2017
April 20, 2017 10:52 AM PDT
Qool Marv Plays for Oprah Winfrey at HBO Films Premiere of the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks at TAO Downtown New York City on April 18 2017
The after party for the NY premiere of the HBO film The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks starting Oprah Winfrey. Amazing and sobering Hidden Figures level historical.
Started the night with Toccata by Dizzy Gillespie and his Orchestra, a song I heard when I saw the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater perform to it.
My Mom, who came from Philly for the night, told me that she saw Oprah grooving and said she thought to herself, "Oh my God, Oprah's dancing to my son's music!"
Pride & Joy
A beautiful night.
Thank you, HBO!
Toccata (Feat. Lalo Schifrin) - Dizzy Gillespie & His Orchestra
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/12/arts/television/oprah-winfrey-on-the-the-immortal-life-of-henrietta-lacks.html | http://www.hbo.com/movies/the-immortal-life-of-henrietta-lacks | https://www.facebook.com/QoolMarv/ | http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/oprah-wants-the-world-to-know-henrietta-lacks-is-a-hidden-figure-no-more_us_58f848a3e4b070a1175011f7Apollo Comedy Club Opening Set | April 6 2017
April 11, 2017 03:04 PM PDT
Apollo Comedy Club Opening Set | April 6 2017
Tracklisting forthcomingLow Profile - Act 8 | April 3 2017 in the Vinyl Room at Soho House
April 04, 2017 10:32 AM PDT
Low Profile - Act 8 | April 3 2017 in the Vinyl Room at Soho House
Everyone present got the gift of a unique memory for their mind's eye only.
Tracklisting ForthcomingLow Profile – Act VII | March 6 2017 in the Vinyl Room at Soho House New York
March 07, 2017 01:27 PM PST
Low Profile – Act VII | March 6 2017 in the Vinyl Room at Soho House New York
Three Corners - The Five Americans
Revolution Is Here - Re-Tide
Love's In Need Of Love Today - John Minnis' Big Bone Band
__________Apollo Comedy Club Opening Set | March 2 2017
March 03, 2017 09:56 AM PST
Apollo Comedy Club Opening Set | March 2 2017
Special thanks to Bob Sumner and Dwight Jordan and the entire Apollo crew.
I appreciate everybody!
90's R&B with a few 80s jams too.
What More Can I say - Re:Freshed Orchestra
February 17, 2017 11:12 AM PST
High On The Verve at the Soho House - Qool Marv's 27th Re-Vision - February 14 2017 | P.O.V. Style | Warming The Globe
Groove With You [The Reflex Revision] – The Isley Brothers
January 23, 2017 03:24 PM PST
Qool Marv Plays for Warren Buffet at HBO Documentary Premiere at MoMA NYC | Jan 19 2017
Over The Rainbow - Red Garland
Thank you HBO!
You can play this for your children and your great Grands (if you still got them). Grand grooves played to set the temperature to where life was warming up during Mr. Buffett’s coming-of-age years. I was in awe of and deeply respectful to all of the wise men and women at the party. They all represented one form or another of making it far while influencing wide.
Gigs like this, for me, are just as fun as any other. As a music addict, I get to feed that crave. As an open minded music addict, a set like this expands my horizons. Putting it all together live for everyone’s enjoyment is the thrill because I improvise – which means that I prepared a playlist of 300+ songs (47 in the set) and other than 1 song that I knew I’d play for sure, I chose each song based on what I’m seeing and feeling.
Perception, awareness, flexibility (because the pool of music that I had was so large that I could’ve done this party 5 times 5 different ways) sense of timing and willingness to take (thoughtful) risks (keeping in mind the idea that risks can reap rewards). I aim for impressed praise with the impression being that I put time and my mind into my aspect of the overall presentation.
The 1 song I knew I’d play, Somewhere Over the Rainbow, has been sung by Mr. Buffett himself and the song is featured in the documentary.
Peek into my brain processor to see how I found tone:
Somewhere Over The Rainbow
I love my job because I spend most of my time listening to and looking for the best in people. One way or another, I share what I compile and I feel like I’ve done a little good.
Qool MarvLow Profile – Act VI | January 9 2017 in the Vinyl Room at Soho House New York
January 10, 2017 11:21 AM PST
Low Profile – Act VI | January 9 2017 in the Vinyl Room at Soho House New York
DJ Kevin Leonard
Live At Joe's - COLLEN WEBB
---------Low Profile @ Soho House in The Vinyl Room on December 5 2016 | Act V
December 06, 2016 09:54 AM PST
Low Profile @ Soho House in The Vinyl Room on December 5 2016 | Act V
DJs Qool Marv & Kevin Leonard
Haven - Kimo
Kevin Leonard's tracklist forthcoming
There is a method to the magic in the way Qool DJ Marv presents and plays music. He tunes into the atmosphere of the venue and the energy of the people, and then he blends what he sees with what he hears. Intertwining many styles for many faces from many places, Qool DJ Marv captivates you with his blend. The fluid flow and continuously ascending momentum of his wide-ranging sets is inviting, hypnotic, and breathtaking. Qool DJ Marv crafts an unforgettable feel good, get down party where everyone in the room will hear something that they enjoy. It’s as if he knew you were coming.
FRIDAYS | Bar Six
Qool DJ Marv spins vinyl on Fridays at Bar Six in Manhattan's West Village.
SATURDAYS | Bar Room
Marv plays it cool at the Bar Room near Central Park on the Upper Eastside
TUESDAYS | Soho House
29-35 9th Ave, New York, NY 10014
Time: 7pm-12 midnight
Qool DJ Marv has been inspiring, enlightening and exciting music lovers and dancers for 25 years. He keeps a low profile on purpose because he prefers being heard and not seen. Although he has played for many famous people, he loves living a life where, once the party is over, he literally blends back in to a modest everyday life, recognized by no one...except those with discerning ears.
Marv loves music. His pursuits to share his affinity for celebratory music that enlivens, emboldens and inspires is his motivation. His first goal when he began to DJ was to make a mixed cassette tape that would be enjoyed so much that people would copy it for their friends and encourage them to listen to it. Caring nothing about earning cash, at first, Marv just wanted to be heard and shared.
Marv's earnest approach to DJing included respecting the craft and developing his skill so that he would be heard and regarded as a 'real DJ' (based on old-school definitions: Seamless mixing of his great record/music collection, flow and ability to read crowds). Marv's attention to performance detail combined with an open mind about including off-chart music in his repertoire caught the attention of a few major players in the music, fashion and television industry.
In 1995, Terry Lewis (of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis) gave Marv, who was employee of his Perspective Records label, the chance to play a warm up set at a venue called Tramps for the band Mint Condition. The owner of Tramps approached Marv about being the opening DJ for shows that featured 'urban' music and Marv got to open for artists ranging from Erykah Badu to George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic to the Fugees, A Tribe Called Quest, The Roots, Chic, Rick James and Outkast.
Marv solidified his status as the in-house DJ for Tramps and that led to an opportunity to work on a legendary night that would introduce him to many elites in the entertainment industries. Prince had a show at Madison Square Garden and he'd set up an after party and jam session to take place at Tramps and Marv was there to keep the crowd happy while they waited a couple of hours for Prince to arrive. In the crowd was a vice-president at Viacom who connected with Marv, and soon, Marv was playing at events for MTV, VH1 and Nickelodeon.
Since Marv essentially leapfrogged the club scene and found favor in New York's special events industry, Marv never pursued gigs at large and popular clubs. Since Marv didn't feel good about being part of bottle service club scenes where people paid as much as they would to take a vacation, for one night out - Marv chose to play at modestly sized but beautifully intimate venues where he could include and play diverse sets of music that went way beyond the hits.
From the mid to late 90s until present, Marv has had a presence at "those-who-know" hot spots like Bar Six (West Village), Ludlow Bar (Lower East Side), Izzy Bar (East Village), Table 50 (NoHo), APT & Soho House (Meatpacking District) and Red Rooster (Harlem). Marv's style and approach at all of those cool places continually created more opportunities, some of which got Marv to Hollywood and around the world.
A smart man (college degree from Emory in Atlanta and Master's degree from Columbia in New York), Marv realized that many entertainment industry people, with decision making power, preferred 'cooler' and less crowded places to hang because they could still communicate and do business. Those with that power also usually had an experience driven refined discernment regarding who they perceived as gifted. Marv realized that in less hectic environments, he had more of a chance to be heard doing what he does best - bringing it all together.
Bringing it all together, with a universal vibe and a smile as wide as the universe, Marv became an attractive DJ to hire when organizations felt the need to "change it up." Marv's confidence is born out of an ear for good music, which includes more than popular music, so those who gave him a chance would get a nice dose of refreshing sounds along with the all time classics and contemporary hits. This approach, galvanized by great technical skills and greater personable skills, got Marv gigs with the NBA, Major League Baseball, NBC, Showtime and HBO.
Since 1998, Marv has done more than 50 events for HBO, in and outside of New York, for nearly every major series. The casts and crews of the Sopranos, Sex in the City, Oz, The Wire, Entourage, Treme, Boardwalk Empire and Game of Thrones have all enjoyed the Marv vibe. Marv has also done 7 of HBO's Emmy parties and 2 Golden Globe parties.
Globally (remember Marv's original DJ quest, make a great mix?), Marv, starting in 1998, has been to Berlin, Manchester, London, Paris, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Oslo, Barcelona, Dublin, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Moscow, Croatia, Acapulco, Jamaica and the Bahamas. All of this was possible because Marv's mixtapes got heard, loved, copied and spread throughout the world. Around the United States, Marv has played private events or nightclub venues in many of America's top cities including Miami, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Dallas, Boston, Chicago, Washington D.C., Charlotte and Atlanta.
Currently, Marv still DJs 4 times weekly in New York City, including twice a week at the exclusive Soho House. Marv also hosts a 2 hour radio show, every Wednesday night on Philadelphia's WURD. Marv welcomes anybody and everybody to download his mixes, medleys and compilations on his ad-free website:
For booking in New York or the U.S., contact Marvin Coleman at email@example.com
For booking outside of the U.S., contact Andrea Ahimie-Carthy at firstname.lastname@example.org
Curious: All at the same time you've seamlessly built a worldwide underground following, you are considered one of New York’s best eclectic vibe lounge DJs, and you’re the DJ that HBO hires when they want their special events to have a special themed sound. Without being overtly mainstream or particularly well connected, how have you managed to maintain and extend your career?
MARV: My idealistic drive to share music that I’ve discovered has become a vehicle to earn more opportunities to keep playing or working with music. I first DJ’ed at Emory University in 1989 but in the mid-90s I began producing cassette mixtapes of off-the-radar music for my friends (mainstream music listeners who heard most new music on the radio). I interned at a commercial radio station in Philadelphia and learned that carefully calibrated radio formats were less about music and more about ads. Realizing that a lot of radio-worthy music that I was buying wasn’t making it to the airwaves, I made tapes to fill the gap amongst my peers. Encouraged by positive feedback and a want for more of my way to mix, I kept going…I keep going.
I went out to hear the best in Philly and in New York City and never forgot the way they did what they did and how the crowds responded. Honing in on subtlety and skillful application of mixing techniques, I simply wanted to be on their level by way of earnest listening and practice. In 23 years I have recorded more than 400 mixes including live sets and home studio concepts and from day one, my way to play and my sound has been travelling.
In other words, to answer your question succinctly: I’m sincerely gifted with an ear for the all time, bandwagon cash-in trend adverse, and tirelessly committed to opening ears and minds while moving butts. No worries, I do enjoy playing pop too, but I always wanted to have a chance to play all music because I truly do love all music and the truth is that the ‘hot’ DJ of those pop scenes, always gets cold.
Cool calm collected and mellow kind of fellow.
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