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

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Earlier this year 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 films and playing classic hip-hop came to mind.  Its a simple concept akin to all lovers of hip-hop and Kung-Fu flics (there’s always been this very organic connection between the two) – 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.

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 Thursday June 26th (and taking place the 4th Thursday of every month) @ Marvin, 8pm-12am, 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 to see the visual language click Read the rest of this entry

SHAOLIN JAZZ DREAM GIRLS – NYC Edition (behind-the-scenes)

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When your work doesn’t feel like work then you’re doing something right and SHAOLIN JAZZ (despite the occasional hurdles) does precisely that for me.  Enter DREAM GIRLS.

For those of you that have been following our various projects, about two years ago you’ll remember that 2-Tone and I developed a concept photo shoot, to help market and promote our SHAOLIN JAZZ T-shirts, called DREAM GIRLS.  And as a reminder (and for you new people) the concept behind DREAM GIRLS 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 counterparts – essentially a male Hip-Hop head’s ‘Dream Girl.’

Due to the positive feedback received from our first DREAM GIRLS shoot we’d always planned on doing another edition and last Thursday DREAM GIRLS – BKNYC was shot in Brooklyn by Chris Carr (Eat the Cake Photography/Brooklyn Wildlife), who shot our DC Edition as well as having shot some of our marquee events.  We ended up getting great weather, chemistry between all of the girls, which led to some amazing shots.

To check out the full range of SHAOLIN JAZZ T-Shirts click here, be on the lookout for the full range of photos from the shoot, and to check out the behind-the-scenes pics I took click Read the rest of this entry

SHAOLIN JAZZ in India

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Been holding onto this nugget for minute, but this is HUGE for us – check it out: DJ 2-Tone Jones of the SHAOLIN JAZZ Project was recently selected to participate in the first ever Next Level program initiated by the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill Department of Music and the US State Department. Along with 3 other artists, 2-Tone is currently in India for the next 3 weeks engaging youth and local artists with Hip Hop as a means to bring about conflict resolution.

To see pics of day 1 click here.

SHAOLIN JAZZ – College and Univ Lecture Series 2014 – Randoms (Part 2)

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To see more pics of recap Part 2 click Read the rest of this entry

SHAOLIN JAZZ – College and Univ Lecture Series 2014 – Randoms (Part 1)

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2014 has been our busiest year yet and with having to deal with what seems like a never-ending winter we, like so many, certainly trooped through “old man winter” and his brothers.  With us fortunately seeing more lectures this year I’ve got 100s of pics which will have me breaking down the recap into three parts.

That said, to continue enjoying part 1 click here: Read the rest of this entry

Young Lions

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

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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 the rest of this entry

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

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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

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)

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 the rest of this entry

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