EMPLOYEE of the MONTH
About This Show
Employee of the Month is a talk show hosted by Catie Lazarus. She interviews phenomenal folks about their careers, be it comedian Jon Stewart or activist Gloria Steinem or Congressman Barney Frank or the Guinness Book of World Record Holder for Most Guinness Book of World Records. These candid conversations may inspire you to finish your novel or start one or simply self medicate. Either way, she hopes you have as much fun listening as she and her guests do talking. Her guests also receive the coveted Employee of the Month Award, which falls somewhere between a Nobel Peace Prize and free cup of coffee. The podcast is released weekly and you can attend live tapings monthly in New York at Joe's Pub. To get involved, go to www.employeeofthemonthshow.com or @catielazarus on Twitter.
Most Recent Episode
Hear Amy Winehouse & Sharon Jones best kept secret is Guitarist Binky Jones....
There are musicians who say they can play any genre, melody, tune, with or without reading sheet music, and then there are a handful of the real deal. Enter Binky Griptite, one of the most versatile, graceful, and finest guitarists out there. He can play it all. Funk and soul are the Brooklynite’s bread and butter. You don’t have to take it from me. Amy Winehouse and Sharon Jones knew how brilliant Binky is and seized on his talent. Griptite doesn’t care if most people don’t know who this sly, sexy, and deft player is supporting these iconic talents. Like most exceptional talents, Bikny lets his music speak for itself.
A musician’s musician, Griptite is best known for being both the lovable emcee and bold guitarist for the world’s most popular and critically acclaimed neo-soul bands today- Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings. Griptite has also played alongside everyone from Lee Fields to the late great Amy Winehouse. In 2007, Binky accompanied Winehouse on her US tour and in session when she recorded her Grammy winning and beloved album Back to Black, which Mark Ronson and Daptone Records produced and recorded at Daptone’s Brooklyn recording studio.
Today, Griptite tours all over the world with Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, which features Sharon Jones on vocal, Gabriel Roth, aka Bosco Mann, on electric bass, Tommy 'TNT' Brenneck on guitar, Fernando 'Bugaloo' Velez on percussion, Homer Steinweiss, an alumni of Employee of the Month, on drums, David Guy on trumpet, Neal Sugarman on tenor sax and Ian Hendrixson-Smith on baritone sax.
He is also breaking out on his own and, in the midst of working on his own album with Daptone Records, Griptite performed live at Employee of the Month at Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater. I wanted to share with you some of his beautiful music. You can and should also watch the videos on Employee of the Month’s YouTube page featuring him playing live. For more fun and interviews, including one with Griptite’s fellow band member and drummer Homer Steinweiss, check out Employee of the Month’s podcast. Otherwise, hit us up on Twitter @catielazarus and @BinkyGriptite. www.employeeofthemonthshow.com