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.

Click here download tracks of the live music and for photos of the show and first hand account click

As far as the night was concerned, 2-Tone and I really didn’t know what to expect.  In fact, the only thing that he and I knew we could expect was that the music would be fresh.  Musically, the expectations of our guests ranged from: knowing that jazz was involved, knowing that hip hop music was involved, having some knowledge of or having listened to the project, or “there’s a show at Blues Alley on Monday, so let’s go.”

As guests (both young and old, various ethnicities) began to fill Blues Alley’s quaint yet storied halls the energy became warmer and with the drop of the needle the first track played which led to the first notes the band played and you knew it was on.  Performances can be very symbiotic relationships (between performers vibing off attendees and vice versa) and this was no different with guests who the knew lyrics singing along and those that didn’t bobbing their heads to the beat.

The whole experience was genuine with friends, colleagues, fans and new fans expressing their appreciation for the concept and the music.  That energy was, in fact, so contagious that you could feel it between shows (8pm and 10pm) as hugs and pounds were shared by those leaving the first show and those waiting for the second, and even those that stayed for both.

Shouts to Blues Alley for taking a chance, 2-Tone and Sound of the City for rocking both shows, Asheru and Rock, Gods’illa, and Alison Carney – our special guest performers, Eddie Smith for the video (Hey Ed), Chris Carr for another set of well shot photos (Eat the Cake NYC), Alexis Jackson (Madison Davenport), Cherissse Rivera (Fusicology), Keanna Faircloth (WPFW 89.3 FM), Risikat Okedeyi (Lil SoSo Productions), Revivalist Music Group, Donna (Elements of Jazz) and KB and Murdock (Subsoniq Radio) and all of the individuals and media for the promotional support, and of course big shouts to all of the guests that attended.  You guys really held us down!


About gmoney77

My name is Gerald Watson and I do lifestyle marketing for various companies/agencies. The purpose of this blog is to highlight the people I work with, the work I do as well as the shit I see on the regular.

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