Blog Archives

Dan Wilkins / WHAT’S GOOD(?)

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.


Is Separate Ever Equal?

Glad I got a chance to check out the homie Munch Joseph’s (CEO of HedRush Agency) show “Is Separate Ever Equal?” at DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities’ space in their HQ.  In fact, it was too important of a show not to miss.  The concept was Joseph curating a show centered around the 1954 Supreme Court case of Brown v. Board of Education. Five separate cases representing five jurisdictions across our nation were consolidated under one, each calling for gross societal inequities to be resolved.

Munch selected a range of contemporary artists who addressed these and other questions related to this topic. Visual art, public programming, thematic live performances and a series of lectures and demonstrations.  To check out some of the works click Read the rest of this entry

SHAOLIN JAZZ / Recap / West Virginia State University


Our two days of programming at West Virginia State University (an HBCU and our first college/university engagement of 2017) turned out to be one of our best experiences at a college or university, to date.  The town has crazy hidden cultural gems and the school has this chill familial vibe.

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The Double Down Kings


At this month’s Pop-Up Shop we’re pleased to announce that we’ll feature The Double Down Kings, a crew of graffiti writers, musicians and creative artists established in Hyattsville, MD in 1994.  Over the past two decades, the crew has grown from its graffiti roots and has expanded to more than 300 members, influencing many areas of urban culture and expression, including visual art, design, photography, music, dance, tattoo, publishing, martial arts, education, film and fashion.

 To learn more about them and to check out their work click here.

SHAOLIN JAZZ Cultural Lecture / Excerpts



In an effort to further educate people about our Cultural Lecture, a multimedia presentation 2-Tone and I conduct where we discuss, at various colleges and universities, the parallels and similarities between Jazz culture and Hip-Hop culture, we’ve decided to drop a series of visuals that highlight select excerpts from our presentation.  To the view the range click Read the rest of this entry

SHAOLIN JAZZ / Cultural Lecture / Oberlin College


Tonight, if you’re in the Oberlin, OH area, we’ll be at Oberlin College conducting our multimedia Cultural Lecture discussing the Parallels and Similarities between Jazz culture and Hip-Hop culture.  The event is free and open to the public.  For more info click here.

SHAOLIN JAZZ at Morgan State University


Come and join us for our first lecture of 2015!  On Tuesday February 3rd we’ll be conducting our Multimedia Presentation at Morgan State University, courtesy of Dr. Jared Ball, where we’ll be discussing the parallels and similarities between Jazz culture and Hip-Hop culture.  For additional info visit

SHAOLIN JAZZ in India / Week 3 / Photo Recap




Welcome to the third and final set of recap photos 2-Tone took during his three week trip to India via the Next Level program initiated by the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill Department of Music and the US State Department.

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SHAOLIN JAZZ in India / Week 2 / Photo Recap



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

SHAOLIN JAZZ in India / Week 1 / Live Performance

Video recap courtesy of Next Level (#SHAOLINJAZZinINDIA).