Superbowl Playlist Compiled by Red Rooster Harlem Resident Qool DJ Marv


If you can't make it to Ginny's on Sunday for the big game and are hosting at home, here's a great playlist put together by DJ Qool Marv, one of our favorite Rooster DJs.

We've got a great mix with everything from the classics (Whitney & Michael) to a little New York/New Jersey Flavor (Frank  & Bruce)

Just under 3 hours of music, this can serve as your pre-game, during game and post-game atmosphere. If you start playing the mix around 3:30pm (EST), by the time you hear Frank Sinatra singing, it's just about gametime.

 Cheers to your team and cheers to you!

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Superbowl Playlist Compiled by Red Rooster Harlem Resident Qool DJ Marv

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Sounds of Summer: DJ Qool Marv's Playlist

He has some serious street cred for being one of the world’s greatest spinners of disco/boogie/funk/soul/house music and is considered the DJ’s DJ. Who are we talking about? DJ Qool Marv and he’s giving us his list of his favorite summertime hits. A little old school and a lot of talent, DJ Marv will also be our resident music man for our Harlem Community Day on June 25th.

We’re dying to know—what’s on your summer playlist?

Sarah Vaughn – “Summertime” (U.F.O. Mix)

Jackie Mitto – “Summer Breeze”

Kool & The Gang – “Summer Madness”

Quincy Jones – “Summer In The City”

Mungo Jerry – “In The Summertime”

Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – “Summertime”

War – “Summer”

Sly & The Family Stone – “Hot Fun In The Summertime”

Lovin’ Spoonful – “Summer In The City”

Sugar Hill Gang – “Hot Hot Summer Day” (Theo Parrish Re-edit)

Nocera – “Summertime, Summertime” What 10 songs make up the soundtrack to your life?

Minnie Ripperton – “Les Fleur”

Buffalo Springfield – “For What It’s Worth”

Public Enemy – “Brothers Are Gonna Work It Out”

NYC Peech Boys – “Life Is Something Special”

The O’Jays – “Let Life Flow”

The Chambers Brothers — “Time Has Come Today”

Stevie Wonder – “Higher Ground”

Isley Brothers – “Live It Up”

Luther Vandross – “Searchin’”

Diana Ross – “Home” (Wiz Soundtrack)

DJ’ing must take a lot out of you. What do you eat before a gig?

When I prepare for a gig, I start the night before by getting a good sleep. When I get up I make juice out of the fruits and veggies in my fridge and my favorite ingredients are pears, bananas, delicious red apples and broccoli. During the afternoon of a work night where I’m privileged to have a meal, I’ll make a huge salad with kale or dandelion as the greens and juicy tomatoes, spicy onions and slices of fruit are constants. I’ll add whatever new veggie that I’m trying out that week to mix the salad up. Essentially I have a raw food afternoon because I am eating for the clean fuel and the nutrients needed to feel light in mind and body while I do my job of mixing music…I love the fish at Red Rooster and Ginny’s and that’s my way of saving the best meal for last too.

What about your favorite thing to eat in NYC?

I enjoy all foods and meat is still a part of my diet. For the last few years, I’ve followed a diet where it’s vegetarian for five days a week and anything on the other two. I never want to say never with food so on my anything days, I’d seek out a great burger & fries combination, saucy pizza, fall apart tacos, chopstick grub like sushi, and even buffalo wings. That stuff seems more delicious when it’s a treat (treat is a much better word than cheat)! For my newfound veggie adventures, I enjoy going to someplace where I once ordered steak and seeing how they’ve adapted to the emerging healthy market by offering their versions of a healthy meal that features the same philosophy towards flavors, presentation and attention to detail that meat dishes would receive. New York City is doing great!

Favorite thing to eat anytime, anywhere?

Grilled shrimp, sautéed deep green veggies, truffle french fries, my Mom’s sweet potato with marshmallow casserole, a bowl of cherries, and anything with chocolate and caramel, preferably gooey.

Let’s do a little “music” association. What is the first song that comes to mind when you think of the following foods:


“Promise of A Fisherman” – Sergio Mendes & Brasil ‘66

Catfish n’ Grits

“Cookout” – King Curtis & The Kingpins


“I Wish” – Stevie Wonder

Anything on the Grill

“Them Belly Full (But We Hungry)” – Bobby Marley

Come listen to DJ Marv's beats at Marcus Garvey Park on June 25th from 3-7pm and we'll see you there!

Photos: Sara Giusti

Sounds of Summer: Chairman Mao's Playlist

Chairman Mao, the resident DJ of Red Rooster has kept folks in the groove at every event he's spun--from the Chopped All-Stars finale party to packed Friday night dinner crowds. What better way to help kick off a summer of listening pleasure than to ask the expert himself?

We're dying to know--what's on your summer playlist?

Summer is always prime time for lots of disco classics and old school b-boy breaks since it’s park jam season. I’ve always had a blast spinning at St. Nicholas Park the past few years as part of the “Digger’s Delight” series. And off the top of my head, these are some things I’ve been listening to lately:

Pharoah Sanders – “Heart Is a Melody”

Willis Earl Beal – “Evening’s Kiss”

Marvin Gaye – “Ain’t That Peculiar (Oddisee Remix)”

The Upsetters – Blackboard Jungle Dub LP

Tyrone Evans – “Rise Up” (NYC Trust Disco Mix)

And of course in remembrance:

Chuck Brown & the Soul Searchers – “Go-Go Swing (Live)” (RIP Chuck Brown)

Brainstorm – “We’re On Our Way Home” (RIP Belita Woods )

Any classic Beastie Boys in memory of Adam Yauch.

What ten songs make up the soundtrack of your life?

There are these songs that always bring me back my childhood and teenage years. Good times.

Jackson 5 – “Goin’ Back to Indiana” This is the title song to the first album my parents ever bought for me.

George McCrae – “Rock Your Baby,” as heard via the K-Tel Records TV commercials.

Stevie Wonder on Sesame Street. I mean, this is just classic.

Boston – “More Than a Feeling.” This is special because when I was a kid my older sister used to have a cassette tape that she’d play with only this song on it. Not a cassette single or a “cassingle.” A 60 or possibly 90 minute cassette with this song recorded over and over and over.

Chic – “Good Times,” heard via an AM transistor radio.

Herbie Hancock – “Chameleon.” I had never heard a bass sound like this before, part 1.

One Way – “Cutie Pie.” I’d never heard a bass sound like this before, part 2.

IRT – “Watch the Closing Doors.” I taped it off the radio while in search of rap music.

Afrika Bambaataa & the Soul Sonic Force – “Planet Rock.” This was so otherworldly, and it kind of freaked me out as a youngster. But I liked it.

The Time – “The Bird." This was the best part of Purple Rain.

DJ'ing must take a lot out of you. What do you eat before a gig?

I’m chronically last-minute when preparing for gigs, so I’m usually still pulling records or sorting the playlists until the last possible moment. I just eat whatever is most convenient. For me, it's the eating after a gig with friends that I look forward to. When I worked at APT,  where I was a resident for nine years, I’d go with friends to Florent around the corner for a 5 AM cheeseburger. After Florent closed it was either chicken and eggplant at the late-night spot in Chinatown, or borscht and other Ukranian delicacies in the East Village.

 How about your favorite thing to eat in NYC?

This always changes, but right now it's the Miso Ramen at Totto Ramen on West 52nd St.

Favorite thing to eat anywhere, anytime?

I would probably eat quality Mexican food all the time if I could.

Let's do a little "music" association. What is the first song that comes to mind when you think of the following foods:

Fried chicken

The Vibrations – “Ain’t No Greens In Harlem.”

Although, as you might guess, the song is not about chicken, and is only part of the punchline at the end when the singer decides since he can’t find any greens uptown that he’ll eat chicken instead. But then it turns out that there’s a poultry workers strike, he winds up with nothing.

Spaghetti and meatballs

“On Top of Old Smokey.”

Prime rib

Andre Williams – “Rib Tips.” I know prime rib and rib tips are not the same thing. But they both have “rib” in them so…


B-52s – “Rock Lobster”

Ice cream

EPMD – “You Gots to Chill”

Photos: Courtesy of Jefferson Mao

For more of Chairman Mao, check out his blog here and stop by when he's on the 1's & 2's at Red Rooster Harlem and Ginny's Supper Club. Here are a few songs off of the Chairman's summer playlist... 

My Five Favorite Summer Playlist Songs

Summertime is my favorite time of year, especially since I get to travel. As I'm traveling right now, I love listening to music that will put me in that summertime mood. Here's a list of my favorite summer songs. So if it's time for you to change up your playlist, why not try jamming to these tunes?

  1. "Everyday People" by Sly and the Family Stone. This is one of my all-time favorite bands and this song in particular reminds me so much of summer. It's a happy and up-beat song that always cheers me up when I hear it.
  2. "Pretty Wings" by Maxwell. This song reminds me of summer because it was summertime when I first heard it. I love Maxwell's smooth voice and this tune is definitely a winner. It's perfect when you're winding down your day.
  3. "Just the One for Me" by Mingus. Mingus is a talented up-and-coming musician right out of Harlem. This is his new single that was recently released. Keep an eye out for him!
  4. Any live song from Pink Martini. This 13-member band is my go-to group to listen to when I want to hear great jazz and old-fashioned pop. Any song from them is worth listening to and is sure to turn you into a fan. The song, "Let's Never Stop Falling in Love," is one of my favorites.
  5. "Lagos vs. New York" by Nigerian singer-songwriter Keziah Jones. This brilliant musician plays what he calls "Blufunk" which is a mix between raw blues elements and hard, edgy funk rhythms. Look out for him; he's going to be big!

Hope you like my list! What are your favorite summertime jams?

Check Out My Playlist on

As a preview to their upcoming Fall Issue, (which will be released mid-August) Bullett Magazine has released my music playlist online. Music is one of my passions-it brings people together and forms a common bond, much like food can. The list is eclectic! You can find bands like Sly and the Family Stone or newer artists like Kanye West and Mos Def. There are global influences in there, too from Swedish artist Timbuktu to Ethiopian artist Aster Aweke. Check out Aster's video for You're My Excuse on the Bullett Website.

Thanks to Bullett Magazine I had a great time coming up with a perfect summertime music playlist!

Check out the playlist here.