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.
Overall, SHAOLIN JAZZ, including the development of this particular extension, has been very organic – from the start with us having no real plan, to releasing a series of creative projects which we felt just made sense, on into this latest foray.
Originally, SHAOLIN JAZZ L!VE was simply going to be a two song single featuring live versions of some of the tracks from the album and during its production 2-Tone and Biscuit Bynum (one of the co-founders of Sound of the City – the band that performed the live tracks, of which 2-Tone is also a member) discussed the potential of doing a live show, as the tracks came out solid and Biscuit had a strong relationship with Blues Alley, an esteemed jazz venue in Washington, DC. After a few months of emails, impromptu meetings, and phone calls Blues Alley hit us with a date making this our 1st ever live performance at one of the nation’s most legendary jazz spots.
SHAOLIN JAZZ L!VE (a live music release and live show):
- Download two of the SHAOLIN JAZZ L!VE tracks by clicking here.
- Live show: live performances of tracks from the SHAOLIN JAZZ album, Monday June 25th, at Blues Alley (1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW – in the alley), 8pm and 10pm shows. Buy tickets here.
Hope you download the project and can make it to the show.
DC is heavy with jazz history. From the glory days of Black Broadway which held the scene down for natives such as Duke Ellington, Frank Wess and Shirley Horn, the nation’s cap has always been a haven for the genre and its artists.
With that in mind I wanted to highlight a venue that’s played a role in that history – Blues Alley. Check the read below for a quick snapshot courtesy of Kris Ross – Manager of Blues Alley:
Started by a clarinetist Tommy Gwaltney as a place for his band to jam
It’s a very intimate space. Was that the intent with its design?
No, it was what was available/affordable at the time. Read the rest of this entry