The weather is finally starting to break and the turnout for our most recent CAN I KICK IT? certainly reflected that, along with a pretty expansive promotion and marketing effort. There’s not too much that beats a 70 degree Spring evening in DC and “The New Legend of Shaolin” had attendees locked from the opening scene and Jet Lei’s kid co-star, 9 year-old Xie Mao (Tze Miu), provided a surprising boost with dynamic martial arts skills that rivaled his adult co-stars.
Props to everyone that attended; salute to Marvin for hosting, special shouts to our amazing bartender Alyssa, Madison Davenport PR, Som Records, and Palace 5ive , DSE Live – our media partners, and thanks to TC, Cherisse, and Duane for the promotional lift. Thanks also to Lyft – our transportation sponsor.
Stay tuned for our next CAN I KICK IT? which will be Tuesday May 26th. For more recap pics click Read the rest of this entry
For the full recap of Part 2 click Read the rest of this entry
DJ 2-Tone Jones of the SHAOLIN JAZZ Project was in Lebanon conducting DJ mastery workshops, along with a team of artists from Words Beats & Life, Inc. who specialize in other core disciplines of Hip-Hop. The programming was conducted in the city of Tripoli in conjunction with a local Hip-Hop association known as Cross Arts.
To see all of the part 1 of his recap photos click Read the rest of this entry
DJ 2-Tone Jones of the SHAOLIN JAZZ Project is currently in Lebanon conducting DJ mastery workshops, along with a team of artists from Words Beats & Life, Inc. who specialize in other core disciplines of Hip-Hop. The programming is being conducted in the city of Tripoli in conjunction with a local Hip-Hop association known as Cross Arts. Stay tuned for a full photo recap of his travels.
To watch day one footage of their trip click Read the rest of this entry
The SHAOLIN JAZZ Movie Poster Design Contest, which is an extension of the notable SHAOLIN JAZZ – The 37th Chamber music project (an artful fusion of jazz instrumentals and hip-hop acappellas) is a month long competition (Wednesday September 16th – Wednesday October 15th), whereby participants can submit designs that interpret SHAOLIN JAZZ – The 37th Chamber as a Kung-Fu movie. For more info including rules, guidelines, and prizes click Read the rest of this entry
Earlier this year I talked to 2-Tone about the idea of doing a SHAOLIN JAZZ event series in DC, as all of our lectures, events, etc. take place outside of the DMV (which is where we’re based), and the idea of screening Kung-Fu films and playing classic hip-hop came to mind. Its a simple concept akin to all lovers of hip-hop and Kung-Fu flics (there’s always been this very organic connection between the two) – those week or weekend nights where everyone gathers at one friend’s crib to eat, watch, drink, listen, freestyle (not all in that order) and the idea of doing CAN I KICK IT? was birthed.
Join us for the launch of CAN I KICK IT? – a unique, monthly event series catered to lovers of Martial Arts flicks, the music inspired by the films, and everything else in between. Starting Thursday June 26th (and taking place the 4th Tuesday of every month) @ Marvin, 6pm-9pm, CAN I KICK IT? will consist of two films being screened throughout the venue with attendees also enjoying a soundtrack of Hip-Hop, Funk, Soul and cinema soundbites mixed live by DJ 2-Tone Jones. SHAOLIN JAZZ artwork and additional visuals on display as well.
2-Tone and his Next Level team are now in Kolkata. To check out pics of week 2 click Read the rest of this entry
When your work doesn’t feel like work then you’re doing something right and SHAOLIN JAZZ (despite the occasional hurdles) does precisely that for me. Enter DREAM GIRLS.
For those of you that have been following our various projects, about two years ago you’ll remember that 2-Tone and I developed a concept photo shoot, to help market and promote our SHAOLIN JAZZ T-shirts, called DREAM GIRLS. And as a reminder (and for you new people) the concept behind DREAM GIRLS is a nod to the 90′s female Hip-Hop head, who is just as knowledgeable, confident, participatory, and literate in Hip-Hop culture as her male counterparts – essentially a male Hip-Hop head’s ‘Dream Girl.’
Due to the positive feedback received from our first DREAM GIRLS shoot we’d always planned on doing another edition and last Thursday DREAM GIRLS – BKNYC was shot in Brooklyn by Chris Carr (Eat the Cake Photography/Brooklyn Wildlife), who shot our DC Edition as well as having shot some of our marquee events. We ended up getting great weather, chemistry between all of the girls, which led to some amazing shots.
To check out the full range of SHAOLIN JAZZ T-Shirts click here, be on the lookout for the full range of photos from the shoot, and to check out the behind-the-scenes pics I took click Read the rest of this entry