History of Byrd – Part 1


Check out “History of Byrd – Part 1,” the latest design from Late Night Genius for our commemorative product for our Byrd Over Staten release.  To check out the full range click here.

Byrd Over Staten / NYC Listening Party


We’ve got tons going on with Byrd Over Staten dropping but we always like to keep our imprint on NYC so we’ll be doing a listening party in New York this Sunday Nov. 29th courtesy of the good people at the Reed Space (LES).  Its 4-7pm and we’ll have some of our SHAOLIN JAZZ art on display as well as our SHAOLIN JAZZ multimedia video package.  To RSVP click here.

BYRD OVER STATEN (a Shaolin Jazz tribute to Donald Byrd) / Full EP


This is our salute to one of the grooviest Jazz cats to ever do it……….Mr. Donald Byrd.

We present the next chapter of the SHAOLIN JAZZ tribute series, Byrd Over Staten, a fusion of Donald Byrd’s work with the resounding lyrics of the Wu-Tang Clan.  Click here for a free download of the EP.



Check out 37D, the newest graphic designed by the good people at Late Night Genius, commemorating our upcoming Byrd Over Staten EP.  To check out the full range of 37D product click here.

SHAOLIN JAZZ – perspectives


Introducing “perspectives,” our newest campaign which takes lead from our Lifestyle Marketing Interns (LMI).  “perspectives” features photos that our LMI’s have shot, using their cell phones, of their environment (people, places, food, etc…) that they feel best relates to a SHAOLIN JAZZ project or engagement.

The images are then visually enhanced by the design team at Late Night Genius giving one both a unique perspective on the LMI’s environment in addition to the perspective of our specific project or engagement.

For our inaugural edition of “perspectives” we’ve asked our LMIs to take photos of objects that they feel best relates to our Byrd Over Staten release.  We will highlight new “perspectives” visuals weekly and please check out the initial range by clicking Read the rest of this entry

Byrd Over Staten / Official Album Cover


Here’s the official album cover for Byrd Over Staten (designed by Logan Mills Walters) which drops Monday November 23rd.  For more info including projects surrounding the drop please also visit www.shaolinjazz.com.

SHAOLIN JAZZ – Byrd Over Staten / Listening Party


To celebrate the launch of our Byrd Over Staten EP, which drops Monday November 23rd, we’ll be conducting a listening party in DC on Saturday November 21st at Songbyrd in Adams Morgan.  For the event details and to RSVP click here.  Hope to see you guys out!



Check out the newest graphic 37B (designed by Late Night Genius) in our range of product commemorating our Byrd Over Staten EP.  To check out the range of 37B product click here.

Million Man March 20th Anniversary


This is one of the best photos I’ve seen from the Million Man March that took place this year, as this was also the 20th anniversary of the original march, which I also attended.  And although I didn’t get an opportunity to enjoy all of the speakers, live, I still felt a good energy and vibe, which is what I was looking for.  This feeling was also amplified with the many families and women I saw, as opposed to the first march, which, as was the point, was mainly comprised of men.  There’s a great power in unity and this unity comes from a strong support system and that support system should include your family (women and children).

I think this unity is also scary because of, not only, the strength that I mentioned above, but it being a positive force, which is why there was a complete media blackout (which was by design) from pretty much all of the major news networks and web platforms: pre-march, during the march, and with only a small few providing post march coverage.

The sister of Sandra Bland said it best, “we have to control our narrative,” which is exactly what I’m doing and I encourage others to do so as well because this moment is part of a bigger movement that’s apart of American history and needs to be both documented and shared correctly.

If you missed the march you can watch it, and the various speakers, by going to www.justiceorelse.com.

“Byrd Over Staten” / Single #2 / “The Shimmey Roll”


 We couldn’t wait to drop this joint!  The second single from our Byrd Over Staten EP is a bass and piano driven number entitled The Shimmey Roll.  This track features the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard in rare form rhyming over a jazz tune featured on Byrd’s Slow Drag album.  To listen click here.  
As I mentioned in my first post about the project, the full-length EP is tentatively scheduled to be released in November in conjunction with a series of listening parties in DC, NY, and a few other markets.  Stay tuned at www.ShaolinJazz.com.
*Album cover art by Logan Mills Walters

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