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SOUND PATTERNS / Studio Visit / Noble Dre Ali

In our next our Studio Visit we check out our SOUND PATTERNS featured artist Noble Dre Ali. Check out his and the other artists work on exhibit this week at The Bowie State University Gallery of Art in their Fine and Performing Arts Center (FPAC) thru March 17th.  Gallery hours: Mon and Tues: 10 – 6 pm, Wed: 9 – 7 pm, Thurs: 10 – 5 pm, Fri: 9 – 5 pm, Sat: 12 – 6 pm.  For info click here.

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CAN I KICK IT? / feat 13 Assassins / 3.20.18

Join us, on Tues Mar. 20th at Songbyrd, for our next CAN I KICK IT? as we screen a true contemporary cult classic: 13 Assassins.  And if you pay attention to the movie poster we’ll be expanding our presence in Songbyrd, which our longtime attendees will enjoy.  To RSVP and or more info click here.

SOUND PATTERNS / Bowie State University / Recap

The opening of our latest SOUND PATTERNS Art Exhibition, despite the rain, couldn’t have gone better and these exhibitions have a ton of moving parts.  Over ten artists, over thirty pieces of art (from 16″ to 3′, paintings, photography, graphic design), two TVs featuring video packages, one video projection, a makers station, numerous production visits, and two layout changes.

We’ve conducted quite a few SOUND PATTERNS exhibitions and with this one being our biggest, to date, it was extremely gratifying to see our vision com-to-life in addition to seeing people truly enjoy and experience that vision.  It was also gratifying to see that number of works on display and how different yet cohesive the works exist, as the theme of our exhibitions is to highlight art that’s consistent with the themes of Hip-Hop, Jazz, and Martial Arts – the DNA of SHAOLIN JAZZ.  Make no mistake, this is one of the best exhibitions featuring works consistent with those themes.

As apart of the opening reception we also conducted an interactive artist talk where we walked to each artist’s (those who were present) sections and had them discuss their inspirations, processes, as well as shared stories about their development as an artist and their works.

Thank you to Tewodross Melchishua, Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of  Bowie State University’s Visual Communication and Digital Media Arts (VCDMA), for reaching out to us, Latasha Banks, the director of the Bowie State University Art Gallery and her team, everyone who attended, Maishah for holding down the makers station, and salute to all of the talented artists.

In case you missed the opening we certainly encourage people to check out the exhibition as it will be on display through March 17th and the gallery hours are: Mon. 10-6 pm, Tues. 10-5 pm, Wed. 9-7 pm, Thurs. 10-5 pm, Fri. 9-5 pm, and Sat. 12-6 pm.

To check out the full recap, captured expertly by Brody Rose (one of the featured artists) click Read the rest of this entry


CAN I KICK IT? / feat Drunken Master / Recap

This past CAN I KICK IT? – serious good times.  No heavy recap on this one, but of course thanks to everyone who attended, Songbyrd for hosting, salute to everyone who reposted, and shouts to Lex and DAVIS for the onsite support.  Got things in development for our next event 3.20.18, so stay tuned here and @SHAOLINJAZZ.


CAN I KICK IT? / feat. Drunken Master / 2.27

Join us for CAN I KICK IT? this month, on Tues. Feb. 27th at Songbyrd, as we feature Drunken Master starring martial arts icon Jackie Chan.  And this month in the pop-up shop will be our SHAOLIN JAZZ product line.  To RSVP/info click here.


SOUND PATTERNS at Bowie State University


We’re pleased to announce that The Bowie State University Gallery of Art and VCDMA (Visual Communication and Digital Media Arts) will, for it’s Black History Month 2018 programming, be presenting SOUND PATTERNS by SHAOLIN JAZZ

Opening reception Mar.1.18 / 6 – 8 PM / DJ 2-Tone Jones (hip-hop, jazz, rare grooves) / Artist Talk

For all exhibition info including the opening reception 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? / 1.23.18 / feat KickBoxer

Join us for our 1st CAN I KICK IT? of 2018, Mon Jan. 23rd, feat the cult classic Kick Boxer starring Jean Claude Van Damme, at Songbyrd Music House & Record Cafe.   We’re also happy to announce that NU Wear, DC based men’s accessories brand will be the featured brand in the pop-up shop.  For additional info/RSVP click here.


Ru AREYOU / WHAT’S GOOD(?) / 1.15.18

In our next edition of WHAT’S GOOD(?) we talk to Ru AREYOU, an emerging Los Angeles based creative who’s talents include heading a creative label, producing hip-hop tracks for Chris Brown, dancing on Justin Bieber’s world tour, as well as being a decorated martial artist who won the 2001 US Open open forms competition.

Check back for Ru AREYOU’s edition which drops 1.15.18.


CAN I KICK IT? / feat Enter the Dragon / Recap

Taking risks are apart of business, but when you build your brand a certain way and you plan and execute your marketing strategy properly those risks pay off and our final CAN I KICK IT? of 2017 exemplifies that risk, as we decided to conduct it the day after Christmas, despite a number of people responding after hearing the news, “You’re going to it when?” and “Are you sure, its the day after Christmas?”

The answers to those questions came in the form of us having our biggest crowd to date at Songbyrd, where standing-room-only quickly came into effect.  And the irony is that Songbyrd actually bought more chairs which was great because they did get used, however, the demand persisted.

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