"This 45 hoarder made soul music fun again with his Soul Clap & Dance Off parties, where five-hour sets of rare grooves and B-sides provided a fleshy alternative to the club scene’s industrial snarl. Instead of bucking the trends of American pop music for some underground alternative, Toubin has made his name by embracing pop’s connective tissue, tracing the rhythm and blues, soul, and rock and roll of the nineteen-fifties and sixties."
Juxtaposing raw, wild, and uncommon original 7-inch vinyl sides by unsung artists on the beat for today's dance floor, Jonathan Toubin and his New York Night Train party machine's persistent nightly work has carved out a unique space in contemporary culture and influenced scores of DJs and parties everywhere. While best known for the world’s most popular and prolific soul party, the Soul Clap and Dance-Off, and NYC’s biggest and longest-running weekly rock’n’roll dance, Shakin' All Over Under Sideways Down!, he’s also spent the last decade turning over 2000 parties at hundreds of nightclubs, rock concerts, and dozens of major music festivals on five continents – many of which had never before hosted a rock or soul or vinyl DJ. NY Night Train’s soul proprietor is the first DJ offered his own entire night at Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night’s Swing and the first DJ given an entire night of official South By Southwest showcases dedicated to his dance party - currently the conference's official closing party for six years and running. Toubin is also the first 45 DJ with Burger Records cassettes and the first living DJ with compilations on the legendary Norton Records - with five "Souvenirs of the Soul Clap" LPs released internationally thusfar. 2017 celebrates the tenth anniversary of the Soul Clap and Dance-Off back where it all started in Brooklyn with a unprecedented all-live version of the dance party featuring Irma Thomas, Archie Bell, Joe Bataan, David Johansen, Maxine Brown, King Khan, Young Jessie, Baby Washington, Jon Batiste, Nick Waterhouse, and Ural Thomas performing Toubin's favorites. And, where ever you happen to be, you're certain to find Jonathan Toubin and his world-famous New York Night Train parties in the closest major city in 2017. Catch the clap!
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