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Sweet Nancy from Shaolin / 1st Single / “Save Me Nancy”

Today, we’re pleased to announce the release of our next SHAOLIN JAZZ music project – “Sweet Nancy from Shaolin,” a new project dedicated to the unsung and incomparable Nancy Wilson which features Ghostface Killah and the Wu-Tang Clan.

The full album drops 5.8.18 and in addition to today’s announcement we’re also dropping the first single entitled “Save Me Nancy.”  To listen click here.


CAN I KICK IT? / feat Kick Boxer / Recap

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

CAN I KICK IT? / 7.25 / ft Marked for Death

We’re pleased to announce that, after last month’s successful outdoor series at Freedom Plaza, we’re back at Songbyrd Music House & Record Cafe for our next edition of CAN I KICK IT?, Tues July 25th, screening the cult classic Marked for Death starring Steven Seagal, 6 – 10 PM, FREE.

We’re pretty excited about this month’s screening, as we’ll be conducting CAN I KICK IT? downstairs in Songbyrd’s music house, so please take note.

At this month’s event we’re happy to announce that the pop-up shop (also located downstairs) will feature Efua’s baby – a Washington, DC woman owned business offering high quality handmade products including 100% all natual soy & coconut oil candles, body butters and other products.

To RSVP click here.


Rap is A Martial Art – Philippe Prosper

“Hip-hop has a real focus on authenticity, but I hadn’t seen the authentic martial arts combined with hip-hop. As a martial artist coming into hip-hop, I really felt like I was embodying the mantra of rap is a martial art.” – Philippe Prosper

SHAOLIN JAZZ got a chance this week to chop it up with internationally decorated kung-fu artist and rapper, Philippe Prosper, aka Rap is A Martial Art.

Interview by Mychal Estrada.  For the full read click: Read the rest of this entry


The Matrix – Recap

Even though it was a heater of a day it was great to see some familiar faces as well as some new ones yesterday at Freedom Plaza. Thank you to everyone who attended (we certainly hope that you enjoyed the experience), props to DowntownDC for holding everything down, and much appreciated to all of our media partners and everyone who’s helped spread the word.

Now, if you haven’t been able to attend we certainly hope that you can make one, as next Tues June 20th we’ll be screening Barry Gordy’s timeless classic The Last Dragon starring Vanity and Taimak.

Also on for next week, join us for a special Axel F​ set prior to the screening. DJ Stylus will set the vibe with an early 80’s mix and special AxelF “treats” will be on hand to sweeten the night. For more on AxelF log onto:

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“CAN I KICK IT? – City”

Check out our “CAN I KICK IT? – City” design which is inspired by our CAN I KICK IT? engagement  where we fuse classic martial arts flicks with a live hip hop score mixed by SHAOLIN JAZZ co-founder DJ 2-Tone Jones.  Customize and shop here.


CAN I KICK IT? / 4.25 / feat ONG BAK 2

Join us for this month’s CAN I KICK IT? as we screen the cult contemporary classic Ong Bak 2 starring muy Thai star Tony Jaa / Tues. Apr. 25th / @SongByrdDC / 6 – 10 pm / No Cover / Happy Hour Specials / Sounds by @DJ2ToneJones / For info click here.



#MYTUESISBETTERTHANYOURS / CAN I KICK IT? / Tues. Apr. 25th @SongByrdDC / feat ONG BAK 2 / 6-10pm/ #NoCover / For info click here.


Kung Fu Wildstyle Opening / Recap

Dope night all around.  Good people (Fab 5 Freddy and MC Yan are the coolest), fly art, and an ill film.  To check out the full recap click Read the rest of this entry


Kung Fu Wildstyle Kickoff presented by SHAOLIN JAZZ

In the spirit of the upcoming Kung Fu Wildstyle art exhibition (at the Freer Sackler Gallery), by Fab 5 Freddy and MC Yan, we’re pleased to announce that SHAOLIN JAZZ has been asked to conduct a special edition of CAN I KICK IT?, where we’ll be screening the 1970’s classic 5 Fingers of Death.  The kickoff event will take place at Hyphen DC on Saturday April 1st from 8 pm – 12 am (screening starts at 9:30 pm).  For more info/RSVP click here.