Listen to Marcus’s Top 5 Songs

By Jeannette Park | August 21, 2013

Photo Courtesy of KCRW
Photo Courtesy of KCRW

Photo Courtesy of KCRW (Aaron Fallon)

Tune into KCRW’s Guest DJ program or download the podcast of Marcus taking over the airwaves with DJ/host Mathieu Schreyer to discuss the Top 5 songs that have made an impact on the chef’s life. Check out the list then scroll down to watch the videos:

1. Massive Attack – “Unfinished Sympathy”
2. Queen and David Bowie – “Under Pressure”
3. Big Mama Thornton – “Little Red Rooster”
4. Eric B and Rakim – “Paid in Full”
5. Prince – “Mountains” Read More

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Malaika: An Interview with Grammy-Award Winner Angélique Kidjo

By Jeannette Park | November 27, 2012

Photo courtesy of Razor and Tie Publicity

Photo: Alexei Hay

Anyone who meets Angélique Kidjo quickly get a sense of this Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter’s tremendous journey, one that transported her from her native Benin and around the globe in a flurry of amazing music and inspiring activism. Although in the midst of recording a new album and writing her first book, Angélique was gracious enough to take the time to speak to us here at about her incredible story and even greater love of food and cooking.

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Playing Until He Can’t Play Anymore: The Last Mambo King Orlando Marin

By Cyndi Amaya | June 14, 2012

Marcus and Orlando at Ginny's

I didn’t think this would happen but when I saw him right in front of me, I was a bit shell-shocked. The Last Mambo King, Orlando Marin, was standing in front of me at Ginny’s Supper Club in a traditional white guayabera and I was honestly star struck. Here was one of the founding fathers of the music we know today as Salsa, and I being born in Colombia, learned how to dance to Salsa as soon as I learned how to walk. So it was only natural to be in awe of one of the greats.

As I sat down and spoke with Mr. Marin, I was astounded at how personable he was; it was like I was sitting down for a chat with my grandfather. And just like a grandfather he began to recount his amazing stories of how music was back in the day, when Mambo first came about, how he started his first orchestras and how he was drafted to the Army during the Korean War. I sat and listened intently, watching his hands move around while he spoke with enthusiasm, and even gasped when I heard the big names of band leaders and artists he played with that are idolized in my culture. Names like Tito Puentes, Tito Rodriguez, and Eddie Palmieri are as familiar to him as “Mom” and “Dad” are to us.

So as the story goes, Orlando Marin grew up singing and dancing. Read More


Apollo Goes to London With One of Red Rooster’s Own

By admin | May 21, 2012

Caron Zabe

Amateur Night at the Apollo is perhaps one of the theater’s most famous events that has rooted history within the music world. Many greats have gotten their start at Apollo’s Amateur Night, like Ella Fitzgerald, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, James Brown, and Lauryn Hill. Just having the chance to perform on the famous Apollo stage can very well launch the future career of young hopeful musicians.

We’re proud to announce that one of Red Rooster’s own, Caron Zabe, will be singing at the upcoming Amateur Night this Wednesday, starting at 7:30pm. Read More


Motown Mondays Start at Ginny’s

By Marcus Samuelsson | May 21, 2012

Motown Mondays

Back in the 1930s and 40s, supper clubs started to pop up as ways for people to socialize with likeminded individuals. They were thought of as a destination where you would go to spend the whole evening, from cocktail hour to dinner to enjoying music well into the wee hours of the night. And starting May 21st, Ginny’s Supper Club is doing just that with the introduction of Motown Mondays.

We had a great time with Roberta Flack, and now we’re starting with an impressive roster of music acts from Motown Records to make your Mondays extraordinary. Read More


The Splendor of Jazz Shines at Ginny’s Supper Club

By admin | May 9, 2012

Photo:  Haags Uitburo

The word ‘jazz’ is more often than not synonymous with the neighborhood of Harlem. No community outside New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz, has embraced it like Harlem has. Legends like Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, and many more found their muse in Harlem and by rooting deep into the community, changed the face of music around the world. Jazz is so engrained in Harlem’s culture, that you can see it in the people, the art, the literature, and even in the buildings. Read More


Music As A Secret Ingredient

By Marcus Samuelsson | April 25, 2012

Photo: Francois Martinier

Photo: Francois Martinier

Do you like to rock out in the kitchen while you cook? I certainly do!

The New York Times posted today how many cooks in top restaurants use music, not only to rock out with in the kitchen, but also as inspiration for their cuisine. I personally love listening to my friend Jason (Timbuktu), the Swedish rapper and reggae artist, and definitely David Bowie, since I look for music that is not just one noted. Since cooking isn’t about a single note, what I’m listening to while I cook has to be the same way. It also doesn’t have to be about just one song, but instead music  that really connects with me and makes me think of where I was at the time when it came out. For instance, when I hear Pearl Jam I automatically think of Sweden, and when I hear Nirvana it brings me back to France when I was getting ready to come to New York. Read More


A Look At The Real Bob Marley

By Marcus Samuelsson | April 23, 2012

Photo: Monosnaps

Photo: Monosnaps

As many of you know, the long awaited documentary on the life of Bob Marley, Marley, premiered last Friday. It’s the first in-depth look into Bob’s life from his early days to his rise to international stardom, with actual interviews and stories from his family and others who were closest to him. Thanks to director Kevin MacDonald, Bob Marley’s fans get to encounter him in a way other than through speakers and headphones, for an insight to his life that no other filmmaker has done before.

What’s most admiring about this innovative man’s music was its ability to transcend every racial and economic barrier so that no matter your age, background, or lifestyle there’s some way you can relate to his lyrics and groove to them. Not only did he infuse his songs with messages of love, peace, and happiness but those messages were apparent to all who encountered him, meaning he truly lived by them as well.

What’s even most interesting about Bob Marley was his effortless style. Read More


Ginny’s Intimate Night with Roberta Flack

By admin | April 12, 2012

The legendary Roberta Flack

Wednesday was a big day for Ginny’s Supper Club. The day started at 7am for a photo shoot (more on that later) and went late into the night as we were humbly graced with an incredible performance by the one and only, Ms. Roberta Flack.

I know what it takes to make a restaurant run great night after night, but I was struck by what it took to perfect one musical performance. The roadie crew and the band had been setting up at Ginny’s since the day before and they were all there at 9am, doing sound checks, fixing the lights, and even hauling in a grand piano for the occasion. Read More


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