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In our third edition of WHAT’S GOOD(?) we highlight Dan Wilkins: jazz artist, accomplished saxophonist, composer, bandleader, and educator. His influences range from Dexter Gordon to Pujyashri Deepakbhai Desai. Profile by Griffin Woodard.
If you were to see the titles Transfigured, Ebb and Flow, Of Distant Lands, Unraveled, and Soar, you might think you were about to read the treatises of a world explorer, Buddhist monk, or mystic poet. Although he may have certain qualities from each, Lehigh Valley, PA native Dan Wilkins is first and foremost a jazz artist; an accomplished saxophonist, composer, bandleader, and educator. His influences range from Dexter Gordon to Pujyashri Deepakbhai Desai, for example. Wilkins’ sound is like a breath of fresh, cold air which carries the distant majesty of ancient, candle-lit castles; his melodies speak like noble tales of warriors and pilgrims, ever on a journey.
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Welcome to the third edition of WHAT’S GOOD(?) – an editorial series where we interview and profile select influencers, innovators, and cultural purveyors who’s tastes and work are akin to ours.
In our third installment of WG(?) we highlight Dan Wilkins: jazz artist, accomplished saxophonist, composer, bandleader, and educator. His influences range from Dexter Gordon to Pujyashri Deepakbhai Desai. Be sure to check back on Mon. Feb. 12th for the full drop.
We’re pleased to announce that The Bowie State University Gallery of Art and VCDMA (Visual Communication and Digital Media Arts) will, for it’s Black History Month 2018 programming, be presenting SOUND PATTERNS by SHAOLIN JAZZ
Opening reception Mar.1.18 / 6 – 8 PM / DJ 2-Tone Jones (hip-hop, jazz, rare grooves) / Artist Talk
For all exhibition info including the opening reception click here.
Create Influence / SHAOLIN JAZZ “Influences 2.0” Laptop Skins / To customize + purchase click here.
On Tues. we introduced CAN I KICK IT? to 2018 and what better way to bring in the new year than doing so in-style. Nu Wears, a new men’s accessories line by notable producer SlimKat76, held down the pop-up shop – upping our “style game” as well as the “style-game” for those fashion-forward people who bought the brand’s hand crafted ties and handkerchiefs.
Thank you to everyone who attended, props to Songbyrd for hosting and shouts to Terry for holding down the bar, salute to Nu Wears for supporting, and much appreciated to everyone who spread the word. Lastly, salute to DJ Iran for dropping some gems on the turntables. If you stayed long enough you got blessed with some rare samples.
Next up, on Tues. Feb. 27th we bring you a classic from the Jackie Chan archive – Drunken Master. See you then and for the full recap click Read the rest of this entry
Introducing “Influences 2.0.” “Influences” is a series that takes stylistic cues from pop art and graffiti and fuses them with SHAOLIN JAZZ’s more specific cultural influences of hip-hop, jazz, and martial arts. Our goal with each design is to tell a story that pays homage to our creative make-up, provide, if you look closely, a visual history lesson, and give insight into SHAOLIN JAZZ’s cultural DNA. To customize and order click here
While Hip-Hop has a long history of multi-talented artists – producers who rap, rappers who sing – few can claim a track record that includes heading a creative label, producing for Chris Brown, dancing on Justin Bieber’s world tour, as well as being a decorated martial artist, winning the 2001 US Open open forms competition. Ru AREYOU is a Sacramento raised, Los Angeles based jack of all trades who’s honed his skills across these mediums for close to a decade & is seeing his audience grow tremendously over the past year.
SHAOLIN JAZZ (interview by Myk Blauuw) got a chance to speak with Ru AREYOU about his background, tour life, and what drives him creatively.
SJ: For the folks that don’t know you, can you give a little background on yourself? Who is Ru AREYOU?
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Join us for our 1st CAN I KICK IT? of 2018, Mon Jan. 23rd, feat the cult classic Kick Boxer starring Jean Claude Van Damme, at Songbyrd Music House & Record Cafe. We’re also happy to announce that NU Wear, DC based men’s accessories brand will be the featured brand in the pop-up shop. For additional info/RSVP click here.
In our next edition of WHAT’S GOOD(?) we talk to Ru AREYOU, an emerging Los Angeles based creative who’s talents include heading a creative label, producing hip-hop tracks for Chris Brown, dancing on Justin Bieber’s world tour, as well as being a decorated martial artist who won the 2001 US Open open forms competition.
Check back for Ru AREYOU’s edition which drops 1.15.18.
Main Source (Large Professor, Neek the Exotic, Joe Fatale), the revered rap group who introduced the world to Nas, blessed DC last Thurs with their classic show (at Songbyrd) performing hits, freestyles, in addition to treating our ears to new music as well as playing unreleased joints from the legendary Pete Rock. Word.
And if that wasn’t enough, the show openers included North Carolina’s Raw Wattage, DC’s own J Scienide (peep that Ninja Vuitton and shouts to Kev Brown who performed with J) who was introduced by the iconic Bobbito Garcia. But wait, legendary mixtape DJ DJ Doo Wop was also in attendance, and DJ 2-Tone Jones served as the resident DJ for everyone who performed.
No fakes. No imitations. Just straight classic raw. And shouts to SHAOLens for the snaps.
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