CAN I KICK IT? – Downtown Summer Flicks / TENET / Recap

Thank you to everyone who attended our CAN I KICK IT? – Downtown Summer Flicks screening of TENET.

And with restrictions being lifted heads were definitely in the building bringing back that communal vibe that we know and love.

Props again to those who made it, our partner DowntownDC BID, and our host The National Building Museum.

To check out the full recap click

See you next Tues, 6.22.21, for our CIKI? – Downtown Summer Flicks screening of Starship Troopers and to register click here.

CAN I KICK IT? – Downtown Summer Flicks / Ready Player One / Recap

Props to everyone who attended our CAN I KICK IT? – Downtown Summer Flicks screening of Ready Player One and thank you to partner DowntownDC BID and our host: the National Building Museum.

RSVPs are now open for our next screening ALIENS, which takes place next Tues., 6.8.21. To RSVP click here.

Seating starts at 7:30 PM EST and the movie starts around 8 PM EST.

And to check out the full recap from our first event click

CAN I KICK IT? – Downtown Summer Flicks / Star Trek / Recap

We still can’t believe it’s been two years since our last in-person CAN I KICK IT? let alone the last one that we did with the DowntownDC BID, but after what’s been a long and tumultuous period (unjust police killings of Black and Brown people, an insane US political scene, and covid) we’re happy to still be around and to finally be back, live.

Shouts to everyone who attended the first of our CAN I KICK IT? – Downtown Summer Flicks screenings that we conducted with our partners DowntownDC BID and the National Building Museum.

RSVPs are now open for our next screening “Ready Player One,” which takes place next Tues., 6.1.21. To RSVP click here.

Seating starts at 7:30 PM EST and the movie starts around 8 PM EST.

And to check out the full recap from our first event click

RSVPs are now open for our next screening “Ready Player One,” which takes place next Tues., 6.1.21. To RSVP click here.

SENSEI Q

It’s Finally Here!

April 11, 2021 marks the 10 year anniversary of SHAOLIN JAZZ and the debut of our 1st mixtape project, The 37th Chamber and to commemorate our decade of dopeness we’ve returned with a special installment of our tribute mixtape series called SENSEI Q; in honor of the legendary music mogul Quincy Jones.

The 5-track EP features cinematic samples and breaks from the immensely underrated and accomplished catalog of film scores and movie soundtracks produced and composed by Jones.  And in true SHAOLIN JAZZ fashion, each track is laced with the lyrical prowess of the iconic rap group Wu-Tang Clan.  There’s also guest appearances by the late great Notorious B.I.G. and Wu-Tang affiliate Shabazz the Disciple

We’ve still got more celebrating to do, which includes dropping more projects, so stay tuned, and be sure to celebrate with us by streaming (or downloading) SENSEI Q here.

CAN I KICK IT? (LIVE STREAM) feat Ninja Scroll

Join us this Thursday for our next CAN I KICK IT? (LIVE STREAM) as we feature one of the most influential anime films ever made: Ninja Scroll.

This event is supported by our friends at  SERVICE BAR, a DC favorite known for its famous cocktails and mouth-watering fried chicken. 

See you this Thurs April 15th at 9 PM EST / 6 PM PST and to watch click here.

The 5 Deadly Questions feat Cey Adams

 

With the new year here and with so many inaugural events happening, we felt it only right to drop the inaugural edition of our new editorial series: The 5 Deadly Questions.

The 5 Deadly Questions is a monthly interview series that taps into the interests and influences of today’s trendsetters and tastemakers with just 5 simple questions.  From culturally relevant and personal to hypothetical and humorous; learn more about some of your favorite actors, writers, musicians and more based on their answers to The 5 Deadly Questions.

In our debut edition of The 5 Deadly Questions we interview legendary visual artist Cey Adams.  Adams, a New York City native, got his start in the 70’s doing graffiti and in the 80’s transitioned to doing graphic design and is considered one of visual architects of hip hop culture having served as Creative Director for Def Jam Recordings, where he co-founded the Drawing Board, the label’s in-house visual design firm, where he designed creative for Run DMC, Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Public Enemy, Notorious B.I.G., Maroon 5, and Jay-Z.

Adams draws inspiration from 60’s pop art, vintage sign paintings and he’s recently collaborated with IDEO, Apple, Levi’s, Foot Locker, Converse, Pabst Blue Ribbon, YouTube, and Google.

We present to you Cey Adams’ 5 Deadly Questions!!!

You’ve worked with and designed iconic album covers for hip hop legends such as Jay Z, Method Man, and LL Cool J, who do you think would be the strongest visual artist?

I would say LL or Jay Z. I’ve had long creative conversations with both artists. They’re both great listeners and strong team collaborators. Each takes the time to understand the artists creative vision.

Weirdest request or client that you would’ve never expected to receive a call from?

Ringo Starr! (The Beatles) He and his manger wanted graphics for posters and tour merchandise. Definitely a fun project.

You designed signatures as logos for Mary J Blige’s “What’s the 411?” and for Diddy’s “Sean John” fashion brand. To your knowledge, did they ever use those as their actual signatures or when they did autographs?

I’ve often wondered that as well…I’ve never seen either of their autograph signatures.

For DMX’s “Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood” album cover, did you instantly think, ‘DMX covered in blood,’ and was he down from the jump or did he need convincing?

It was DMX’s idea from the jump. My team and I, and photographer Jonathan Mannion had to execute the concept fully.

Crayola asks you to create a new color, what’s the name and if you can, describe the color?

BLACK HISTORY…You know the deal! kids get to have fun and learn about American history.

CAN I KICK IT? (LIVE STREAM) / feat Enter the Dragon / 12.17.20

And for our final CAN I KICK IT? (LIVE STREAM) we’re happy to announce our last film of 2020: “Enter the Dragon” starring Martial Arts legend Bruce Lee.

See you this Thurs Dec 17th at 9 PM EST / 6 PM PST.

To watch visit www.shaolinjazz.com.

CAN I KICK IT? (LIVE STREAM) / feat You Only Live Twice / 11.19.20

Join us tonight for a CAN I KICK IT? (LIVE STREAM) screening of “You Only Live Twice” starring the iconic Sean Connery as secret agent James Bond 007.

Come out to Songbyrd DC for a live watch party to enjoy some good eats and a martini (shaken, not stirred).

Thursday Nov 19th, at 9pm EST / 6pm PST.

Press here or here.

CAN I KICK IT? (LIVE STREAM) / feat Shogun Assassin / 10.15.20

If you’re at all familiar with this film then you understand how iconic it is in both the world of martial arts and hip-hop.

The film stars Tomisaburo Wakayama, as the lead – shogun decapitator Lone Wolf, who, along with his infant son, played by Akihiro Tomikawa, both scour the countryside seeking revenge against the men who murdered his wife.

Shogun Assassin has also earned legendary status in the world of hip-hop, as it was heavily sampled by Wu-Tang Clan founding member GZA for his debut full length album “Liquid Swords.”

See you this Thurs Oct. 15th at 9 PM EST / 6 PM PST and to watch click here.

CAN I KICK IT? (LIVE STREAM) / feat I’m Gonna Git You Sucka / 9.17.20

Thursday Night Live!!!
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Tonight, Join us for our next CAN I KICK IT? (LIVE STREAM) feat “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka”
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Thurs Sept 17
9pm EST / 6pm PST
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Watch:
twitch.tv/shaolinjazz
dlive.tv/shaolinjazz
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Info: http://www.shaolinjazz.com