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Young Lions

March 29, 2014 Leave a comment

one_mic_2014This going to be ILL!  2-Tone and I will be discussing the relationship(s) between Jazz and Hip-Hop with an esteemed group of guest panelists as apart of the Kennedy Center’s One Mic Festival – a month long series of events celebrating Hip-Hop culture.  To RSVP for the discussion click here and to learn more about the One Mic Festival click here.

CAN I KICK IT? – Kung Fu Flics + Classic Hip-Hop

November 30, 2013 1 comment


A few months back I talked to 2-Tone about the idea of doing a SHAOLIN JAZZ event series in DC, as all of our lectures, events, etc. take place outside of the DMV (which is where we’re based), and the idea of screening Kung-Fu flims and playing classic hip-hop came to mind.  Its a simple concept akin to all lovers of hip-hop and Kung-Fu flics – those week or weekend nights where everyone gathers at one friend’s crib to eat, watch, drink, listen, freestyle (not all in that order) and the idea of doing CAN I KICK IT? was birthed.

We’d been in search of a venue and Kat (Lil Soso Productions) approached me about doing a SHAOLIN JAZZ event to be apart of a series of events she was curating for a new DC spot called Cause and asked if we’d be down, so…

Join us for the launch of CAN I KICK IT? – a unique, monthly event series catered to lovers of Martial Arts flicks, the music inspired by the films, and everything else in between.  Starting Sunday December 8th (and taking place every 2nd Sunday thereafter) @ Cause, 5pm-9pm, CAN I KICK IT? will consist of two films being screened throughout the venue with attendees also enjoying a soundtrack of Hip-Hop, Funk, Soul and cinema soundbites mixed live by DJ 2-Tone JonesSHAOLIN JAZZ artwork and additional visuals on display as well.

To check out the film schedule and for additional visuals click Read more…

COLOR of SOUND for the Hip-Hop Think Tank – Recap

November 22, 2013 1 comment


pic18This edition of COLOR of SOUND was ILL.  To put it short, 2-Tone and I were building with a variety of the nation’s top educators, artists, and scholars all of whom have developed various methodologies and practices utilizing hip-hop as an educational tool.  Essentially lots of networking went down with many opportunities on the horizon.  Shouts to Martha Diaz and Autumn Robinson (Hip-Hop Think Tank), the staff of the Schomburg Center, Makeba Van Laurent Van Noten (Ghostface, Raekwon, and Thelonius Monk (not shown) art), Brandon (Epiphany), Chris Carr for shooting (Eat The Cake NYC), and Alexis (Madison Davenport PR).

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COLOR of SOUND for The Hip-Hop Think Tank

November 7, 2013 Leave a comment

hhedu_flyerOur next COLOR of SOUND exhibition will be a different kind of dope, as the venue will be the famed Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and this edition will serve as the reception for the third year of the Hip-Hop Think Tank (a two day symposium where educators, artists, and scholars discuss various programs, projects, and techniques that utilize hip-hop as a means to educate.  For additional info click here.

DOCUMENT the Fresh – Photography Exhibition / Closing Reception / Tuesday October 29th / The Bishop (BKNYC)

October 1, 2013 1 comment

closing_flyer1Due to the overwhelmingly high positive response received from the opening reception as well as interest from the gallery and the photographers – doing a closing reception felt like a no-brainer.

In addition to the standard closing reception fare, there will also be a panel discussion (moderated by one of The Bishop’s owners – Stevenson Dunn) featuring the participating photographers who’ll discuss their backgrounds, processes, motivations, and other musings.  Attendees will also be treated to complimentary Heineken (6-7pm).  For more info click here.

To RSVP for the closing click here and for additional event info click Read more…

When the Happy Hour Strikes! – A Tribute to Busta Rhymes

October 1, 2013 Leave a comment

flyer1This month will bring our next hip hop hour, with this one being dedicated to the unconquerable Busta Rhymes, entitled WHEN THE HAPPY HOUR STRIKES!

Thursday October 24th

at Tropicalia 2001 14th St NW (corner of 14th & Ust – downstairs)

5pm – 9pm

DJ 2-Tone Jones spinning ONLY Busta Rhymes

Happy Hour Specials – ask for the $5 WOO-HAH

To RSVP click here

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September 24, 2013 2 comments

bbking3This photo (random dude happened to be looking at the marquee as Chris was shooting) says a lot in terms of how far SHAOLIN JAZZ has come as well as the many things we have yet to accomplish.  Thanks to all of those that attended and thanks to Steve Zahn (BB King Blues – NYC) for reaching out to 2-Tone and I about doing a show, thanks to Sound of the City (Biscuit, Dre King, and Chooky) for another strong performance (they had actually performed at BB King’s a week before backing another group), Alexis (Madison Davenport), Chris Carr (Eat the Cake NYC) for another series of stellar photos, and Soul 1 for the hospitality.  And, oh yeah, Large Professor came through and was impressed…

To download SHAOLIN JAZZ L!VE tracks click here and for more recap photos click Read more…

DOCUMENT the Fresh – Interviews: Mariama Rafetna

September 19, 2013 Leave a comment

pic7Who or what first got you interested in photography?

I can’t say exactly, I just always remember having this supreme fascination for “a great picture” when looking at family albums, magazines – and just wanting to be the type of person who can create such a phenomenon. As I got older – especially as my father (a musician) noticed my interest in photography – told me he used to shoot professionally during his childhood-young adult years, as he was mentored by his step-father who was a professional artist and photographer as well.

For the entire read click Read more…

SHAOLIN JAZZ – College Lecture Series – University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

September 10, 2013 Leave a comment

flyer_front2-Tone and I are about to embark on our latest set of SHAOLIN JAZZ college lectures starting this Thursday September 12th, 7pm-8:30pm, at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.  Shouts to Ashley at the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center for her interest.  Hope you can make it out!

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August 31, 2013 Leave a comment

bbking2Just wanted to drop some shots I took with my cell of our latest trip to NYC.  Very decent time and Large Professor came through?!  Word.  Actual photos coming soon.

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