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Zanzibar: An Oral History

by Bruce Tantum
Most anybody with an interest in club land’s hallowed history knows Club Zanzibar. Located in a broken-down stretch of Newark, New Jersey, it was the spot where famed spinner Tony Humphries rose to fame. Some may be aware that the club – along with the Movin’ Records shop and label – helped spawn the sometimes raw but always soulful, gospel-infused subgenre of house known as the Jersey Sound. A few may even realize that while it took its cues from Manhattan, it stood apart, evolving a distinct identity to the hallowed dance halls of the big city. But only the most devoted nightlife historian knows the rich history of the influential – and, to those who were there, beloved – club, which ran from 1979 until the early ’90s.
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EXCLUSIVE Interview w/ the Legendary Tony Humphries

New Jersey resident Tony Humphries name is synonymous to the early “New Jersey sound”. As being exposed to The Loft and David Mancuso in the beginning, Tony has done a major contribution to the house music culture since then. He held court as resident for some time at the legendary Zanzibar Club in New Jersey. He did Kiss-FM NY for years spreading vibes across the nation to thousands of people, and soon after starting to lend a helping hand with productions for artist to many to mention.
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http://news.traxsource.com/articles/1266/exclusive-interview-w-the-legendary-tony-humphries

Tony Humphries

Tony Humphries is the leader of the “Jersey sound” – a formative influence to a whole generation of artists, producers and DJs. His work behind the decks – whether it be at Newark nightclub Zanzibar, on KISS FM, or mixing some of dance music’s most beloved tracks – is undeniable.
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https://www.redbullmusicacademy.com/lectures/tony-humphries-lecture

A New York Tale: Tony Humphries

Wednesday July 24, Le Bain was honored to welcome the legendary Tony Humphries for an encore Brobot Knights X Mercury Nights. From the dawn of Kiss FM to the best bootleg vinyl, DJ Dave Tobon got Tony’s full musical history.
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Interview with Tony Humphries

Tony Humphries adds his name to the illustrious trio of Frankie Knuckles, Francois Kervorkian and Danny Tenaglia as a DJ to select a ‘Choice’ for Azuli. As one of the acknowledged godfathers of house, he stands in a good position to pull out some early classics that rocked the joint at New Jersey’s legendary Zanzibar club. RA got him talking…
How did you set about going through your collection?
Were you able to select all the tracks you wanted?

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http://www.residentadvisor.net/feature.aspx?316

Tony Humphries

25 Years…a quarter of a century. That’s some mean feat in any industry let alone Electronic Music. Through the hard times and the best of times, Steve Raine’s ethos has remained steadfast. Uncompromising underground House music. Hard Times is arguably responsible for some of the most defining moments in UK house music over the last few decades and they’ve done this with absolutely zero frills or gimmicks and an uncompromising dedication. From day 1 it has always been about the music. Hard Times endeavoured to bring the USA’s underground House elite over to the UK at a time when they were still honing their skills in their homeland. It was this introduction of what we all now recognise as ‘House Music’s legends’ that lit the Hard Times fire that still burns on today. This weekend they take over the mighty fabric for what we hope is the first of many joint ventures with the London venue. And who better to check in with than Brooklyn’s finest Tony Humphries…a regular at the Hard Times events down the years and also an important part of fabric’s history after playing their launch party in 1999…
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http://www.dmcworld.net/features/tony-humphries/