To complement our first ONE WORD exhibition, where we’ll be highlighting NAS, we decided to drop a line of T-shirts using the tag DJ 2-Tone Jones developed as the identity for it. To check out the range, which includes women’s tees, v-necks, and more (courtesy of the Red Bubble platform) click here and for more info about the ONE WORD: Nasty exhibition click here.
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COLOR of SOUND couldn’t have gone better. The scene: dope weather, top tier gallery, solid art lineup, wall-t0-wall beautiful people, amazing video mixing by Tewodross, no shortage of well-mixed drinks and hors d’oeuvres, and of course sounds by 2-Tone and the recipe is complete.
2-Tone and I would like to thank Maori and her team (Karmalux) for the interest and opportunity to kick-off The BlackStar Film Festival – if you’re doing anything in Philly give them a shout; Tarana and Tim (Art Sanctuary) for hosting and the installation, Alexis (Madison Davenport), Cherisse (Fusicology), Rahsaan (Afrotaino Productions) and Stephanie (The Liberator Magazine) – promotional support, Chris Carr (Eat the Cake NYC) for shooting, Rob (vitaminwater) and Yaya (Red Bull) for beverages, and Chairman’s Reserve Rum.
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With this being the first ever live performance of SHAOLIN JAZZ I don’t think things could’ve worked out any better. Good weather, a legendary venue (Blues Alley), a very respectable turnout for both shows, amazing music from 2-Tone with Sound of the City, and our guest performers. And I must add, doing a live show was NEVER in our plan.
When Gio and Luke of Capitalbop first reached out to us about doing a panel discussion as part of their DC Jazzloft programming for the DC Jazzfest we were on-board from the jump. The two have been making impressive strides with events that provide a platform for young (and ahem experienced) jazz musicians to play, introduce the genre to a younger demographic, and bridge the gap between young and old.
June 9th’s event was no exception starting with a raw space that served as a canvas for each of our examples and stories to catalyze the next, and an esteemed group of panelists starting with our moderator Dr. William Smith (musician, producer, educator), and our panelists which included and Bobby Hill (producer, programmer, and host of “Thursday Night Jazz” and other programming on 89.3 FM WPFW), Kokayi (Grammy-nominated recording artist), and Keanna Faircloth (host of “Midday Jazz” on 89.3 FM WPFW). I’ve got to say that this has been one of our best panel discussions due ENTIRELY to the knowledgeable group listed above.
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If you’ve enjoyed the SHAOLIN JAZZ – DREAM GIRLS Photo Shoots (Part 1, Part 2) then get to know the DREAM GIRLS better with a series of video interviews (produced by Tewodross Melchishua (That Soul Cinematic (TSC) where we discuss music, style, jazz among other topics.
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Welcome to Part 2 of the SHAOLIN JAZZ – DREAM GIRLS photo shoot for the SHAOLIN JAZZ – T-shirt line.
Part 2 finds the girls progressing from their day in Part 1 into some familiar territory, especially if you’re a Hip-Hop head.
Scene: “Boomin’ System”
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Jamal’s (a professional architect) unique vision (a combination of hardcore martial arts and humorous undertones) certainly raised an eyebrow while providing a thoughtful laugh – both of which are very necessary, in the days and times.
Thanks again to Jamal for participating and all of our partner brands: LaCoste, Union, and Scifen.
…is a nod to the 90′s female Hip-Hop head, who is just as knowledgeable, confident, participatory, and literate in Hip-Hop culture as her male counter parts – essentially a male Hip-Hop head’s ‘Dream Girl.’
In Part 1 of the “DREAM GIRLS” Photo Shoot we highlight a day in the life of four friends (during the winter on the East), Hip-Hop enthusiasts, who are producing their next music project, rocking T-shirts, they customized, from the SHAOLIN JAZZ – T-shirt line.
Instead of the women playing the “back” the DREAM GIRLS are in the forefront: hardcore yet tempting, raw yet feminine, strong yet alluring, casual yet striking.
Welcome to Part 1 of the SHAOLIN JAZZ – DREAM GIRLS – Photo Shoot. Shot by Chris Carr (Eat The Cake NYC), make-up by Diti (Diti Devi Makeup Artistry). Featuring Alison Carney, Jayne Kennedi, Jheanelle Morgan, and Shanika Wright.
Scene: “The Block”
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Wanted to drop some “behind-the-scenes” shots from the DREAM GIRLS Photo Shoot. Beautiful women, 90′s Hip Hop music and videos throughout the day, and drinks. This was a GOOD look. Full shoot drops 1.17.12 and for more pics click Read more…