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SHAOLIN JAZZ – The Gil Scott Suite

DJ 2-Tone Jones and I are proud to announce the latest musical installment of our SHAOLIN JAZZ project entitled The Gil Scott Suite, which is our tribute to the late Gil Scott Heron.  This capsule project, which is a three track EP, also features album cover art designed by Shamona Stokes, the winner of the SHAOLIN JAZZ – Album Cover Design Contest.

As with our first release, I’m going to keep this short, but the story behind this one is that I’m a big Gil Scott fan (since my teens) and I normally don’t “feel” anything when most artists, celebs, pass but when Gil Scott passed I definitely “felt” a since of loss (perhaps it was the hours listening to his work, that D.C. energy from his music, being cool with his son (actually didn’t know Gil Scott was his Father until years later), or seeing one his last shows in D.C. at Blues Alley) and I spoke to 2-Tone a day later about the idea of doing a SHAOLIN JAZZGil Scott inspired track, and he was down.

What was originally supposed to be one track turned into three songs, as 2-Tone again caught that creative vibe, and so it was only right to also give the music a visual identity, so we reached out to Shamona to see if she’d be interested in creating a cover for the EP, which she straight-finessed…and, project complete.

To listen to a couple of the tracks click here and to download the music click here.


RIP – Gil Scott Heron

Sad we lost another icon/creative force/prophet.  This dude’s music and lyrics really spoke to me.

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Gil Scott-Heron Gets His ‘Unsung’ Moment

gil_scottI don’t know how long the link will be live but TV One just released the latest edition of their ‘Unsung ‘ series with a profile on musician, singer/songwriter, poet, author, and activist Gil Scott Heron.  Be sure to check out this very well done documentary, which is being hosted by okayplayer. by clicking here.

“Byrd Over Staten” / Single #1 / “Love & Heat”


In 2011 we released a 3-song EP entitled The Gil Scott Suite, a tribute to the late Gil Scott Heron.  Now, we’re pleased to announce the next edition to the SHAOLIN JAZZ tribute series: Byrd Over Staton; an EP dedicated to the works of the late iconic Jazz musician and teacher, Donald Byrd.  As with all previous releases, Byrd Over Staten is a conceptual project in which select songs and breaks from Donald Byrd’s vast collection of music are fused with lyrics and sound bites from the legendary Hip Hop group Wu-Tang Clan.

To listen to the first single entitled Love & Heat click here.

*Album cover art by Logan Mills Walters

SHAOLIN JAZZ – The 37th Chamber – The Full Project

SHAOLIN JAZZ – The 37th Chamber.  The project is done and I’m not going to say much at all because 2-Tone and I want people to simply check the music:

Thank you

The Classics – Series 2: The Connoisseur

One of the new cultural projects I’ve developed for this edition of The Classics is something I’m calling the Connoisseur Profile.

In my attempt to provide more insight into the culture I wanted to highlight a member of contemporary music culture that has a thorough understanding of the genre.  This person is Nick “tha 1da” Hernandez.

Nick’s career has led him to being the Record Librarian for 5 years at UMD, where he was responsible for 30,000 records; a producer – having created tracks for notable MCs such as W. Ellington Felton, yU (Diamond District), and Kenn Starr; and a DJ and record collector – who has amassed somewhere in the neighborhood of 1000 vinyl soul records ALONE.

Check it out:

What’s your name and where are you from?

Nick “tha 1da” Hernandez, born and raised in West Baltimore, residing in DC.

Musically, what do you do?

I’m a producer/emcee/$1 Bin Record Collector.

What’s your definition of soul?

Soul is the true expression of yourself – you bare all whether it’s musically or spiritually.

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The Classics – Series 2: SOUL


Still can’t believe its around the corner (Wed. Dec. 2) but here we are at The Classics – Series 2: SOUL.

Been having just as much fun with this version as the first along with giving you guys, both online and off, some cool extras, strong if not stronger content, and if things go my way – my surprise feature will blow minds.

Big shouts to Karim (Smirnoff), Jeremy (Lounge of 3) Amy and Dana (The Source), DJ YZO, Nick Da 1da, DJ 2-Tone Jones, Soul 1 (Frank White Gallery NYC), Tom Nikosey, and Mike (Rock Pop Gallery).

Click the link below for the official press release and I hope to see you there….

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JAZZ – Michael Cuscuna (Mosaic Records)

Mosaic Records is a powerhouse in the record industry, specifically jazz, as they produce (and have been doing so since ’83) or more accurately – they craft the definitive box sets (Mosaic is considered the originator of the category) for a number of jazz greats.  The level of detail of these collectors sets can of course be only produced by true jazz/music scientists so I was extremely happy when Michael Cuscuna (one of the founders and owners of the label) took some time out of his schedule to be interviewed.

Enjoy the read:

When you were younger who or what first introduced you to jazz?  Was the music apart of your home life?

There wasn’t much music around my house. But I loved R&B and got a learner set of drums at 11. I started to buy Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich and Max Roach records just for the drum solos. Gradually the music around the drum solos grabbed me and I was hooked on jazz.

What was it about the music that led to your “light bulb” moment where you said, “This is what I want to being for the rest of my life?”

There were certain artists like Art Blakey and John Coltrane – the power and majesty of their sounds just made me feel twice as happy and alive as I’d ever been before. I was absolutely consumed by them (and others) and knew I wanted to be close to this music forever.

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