This is the first in a series of informational videos, we’re dropping, that provide more detail on as well as give a live glimpse into our SHAOLIN JAZZ engagements. Shot and edited by Ralston Smith, SHAOLIN JAZZ L!VE is one of our first signature engagements that brings to life our mixtape via a live performance of music from the SHAOLIN JAZZ catalog. The performance is led by SHAOLIN JAZZ co-founder DJ 2-Tone Jones who is backed by his fellow band members of the critically acclaimed Sound of the City band.
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.