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CAN I KICK IT? / feat Batman Ninja / Recap

We couldn’t imagine a better way to start the “official” beginning of summer than to conduct CAN I KICK IT? at The National Gallery of Art – East Building (their contemporary wing), which also, and more importantly, helped to them kick-off their new “Japanese Animals” art exhibition.  The collection is an historic exhibition of 17 centuries of animals in Japanese art that rarely leave Japan.

We certainly hope people enjoyed how we do storytelling via our curation of music to the newly minted anime Batman Ninja, we encourage you to check out this incredible exhibition, and we look forward to the day rocking the amazing space that is the NGA.

Thanks again to the NGA for bringing us and thank you to everyone who attended.

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CAN I KICK IT? / feat Batman Ninja / 6.22.19

We hope you can join us this Sat June 22nd for a special edition of CAN I KICK IT? at The National Gallery of Art (East Building) featuring an exciting installment to the legend of Batman: Batman Ninja.

This edition of CAN I KICK IT? coincides with the opening of the NGA’s newest installation “The Life of Animals in Japanese Art.”  And in Batman Ninja, Batman, along with his allies and adversaries, finds himself transported from modern Gotham City to feudal Japan.

The event is free, all ages, and the film will start promptly at 7:15 PM and the museum will stay open until 9 PM to accommodate our event.

See you there!

SOUND PATTERNS / The Warriors Art Exhibition / Recap

Despite all of the moving parts that came with conducting CAN I KICK IT? at The Kennedy Center, we also decided to conduct our SOUND PATTERNS Art Exhibition, the day before, which would feature art inspired by The Warriors movie.  The exhibition went well.

We featured six artists from previous SOUND PATTERNS shows and one new one, which included Nick Tha 1da, Makeba Rainey, John Ortiz, Brody Rose, Josue Martinez, and Kojo Boateng.  The show, which will be on display till December 20th at the Victor L Selman Gallery (3305 8th St NE), is of a cohesive yet unique variety with some artists also drawing from personal experiences to help drive their pieces.  A viewing of the show is via appointment only: Mon-Fri 10 am – 3 pm and Thurs 10 am – 7 pm.  If interested email: info@shaolinjazz.com.

Our SOUND PATTERNS exhibition also provided an opportunity for us to connect with fans who both could and could not attend Saturday’screening while also serving as a platform to educate people who were unfamiliar with our event at The Kennedy Center, which led to last minute ticket sales – ultimately leading us to selling out the Terrace Theater.

Thanks to everyone who attended, Calabash Tea & Tonic for providing the munchies and some refreshment, El Silencio Mezcal for providing the cocktails, and Red Bull for providing the additional flavor.

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MoCADA

While in NYC we also checked out the first of a monthly event series produced and held at MoCADA.  If you’re unfamiliar with MoCADA, The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA), through visual and performing arts, incites dialogue on pressing social and political issues facing the African Diaspora and fosters a dynamic space for the creation and continuous evolution of culture.

The current exhibition features works from Langston Allston (illustrative works) and Demond Melancon (Native American inspired bead work).  To check out more pics click Read the rest of this entry

SOUND PATTERNS / The Warriors Art Exhibition / 12.7.18

In celebration of our CAN I KICK IT? screening of “The Warriors” (on 12.8.18 at The Kennedy Center) we’re excited to announce that we’ll be conducting our SOUND PATTERNS Art Exhibition, on 12.7.18, featuring a range of works inspired by the movie – capturing the essence of the classic film.

This special edition of SOUND PATTERNS will take place on Friday December 7th at the Victor L. Selman Gallery (3305 8th St NE – Brookland), from 7 – 11 PM, and will include music by SHAOLIN JAZZ co-founder DJ 2-Tone Jones.  For more info/RSVP click here.

SOUND PATTERNS / The Warriors / 12.7.18

To help celebrate our CAN I KICK IT? screening at The Kennedy Center, Sat Dec 8th, we’ll be conducting our next SOUND PATTERNS Art Exhibition featuring works inspired by “The Warriors” movie.

Friday December 7, 2018, 7-11 PM, featuring works from @kboateng, @corintogallery, @justkeebs, @insta_b_rose, and @nicktha1da
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CAN I KICK IT? / Art All Night / Recap


(photo: jgyszn)

Despite some untimely tech issues, our experience at Art All Night couldn’t have gone better and we certainly hope that we were able to deliver a memorable experience for everyone who attended.

The good weather helped set the stage, which allowed Terence Nicholson to set the tone with another fiery martial arts demonstration, and it was great getting to vibe with old friends while creating new ones through educating them on the history of SHAOLIN JAZZ and what we do.  The corner of North Cap and Florida will never be the same.

Thanks to Art All Night for having us out, shouts to JaMon for both documenting the event and assisting with the merch table, props to everyone who helped spread the word, including those who posted recaps, and thanks to everyone who attended.

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CAN I KICK IT? at Made in Hong Kong Film Festival / Recap

Our summer continues to shine and its been an absolute blessing for SHAOLIN JAZZ to have been granted these opportunities.

Our CAN I KICK IT? screening at the Freer/Sackler Gallery’s (The Smithsonian) Made in Hong Kong Film Festival was, from start to finish, nothing short of a good time.  2-Tone not only rocked the opening reception (which included live Martial Arts demonstrations, curated food and cocktails) but, immediately after the reception he proceeded downstairs to setup for and rock our screening, to a maximum capacity crowd, of the Shaw Bros’ 80’s classic Legendary Weapons of Kung Fu.

This event represented a couple of firsts for us, in that not only was this our first time conducting CAN I KICK IT? in a film festival, but that this was our first time (and hopefully not our last) rocking for a standing room only crowd.

Thanks to Tom and his team at the Freer/Sackler for once again bringing us back for another event, props to everyone who helped spread the word, special shouts to Ja’Mon for helping to hold down the merch table as well as shooting, and thanks to everyone who attended.  Your support is very much appreciated.

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CAN I KICK IT? at Made in Hong Kong Film Festival / 8.3.18

We’re pleased to announce that SHAOLIN JAZZ has been asked to close out the Freer Sackler Gallery’s Made in Hong Kong Film Festival, Fri Aug. 3rd, with a live DJ set by DJ 2-Tone Jones, starting at 5 PM, alongside a live martial arts demo, and a special CAN I KICK IT? screening at 7 PM feat Legendary Weapons of Kung Fu.

For additional info/RSVP click here.

Made In Hong Kong Film Festival

We’re pleased to announce that we’ll be conducting CAN I KICK IT? on Friday Aug 3rd Freer Sackler Gallery as apart of their 23rd Annual Made in Hong Kong Film Festival.
For the evening we’ll be screening the 80’s classic Legendary Weapons of Kung Fu.
For more info: https://s.si.edu/2Lz0uK8 / #shaolinjazz #canikickitdc #mytuesisbetterthanyours