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Sweet Nancy from Shaolin / Media-Only Recap

A few months ago we decided to conduct a media-only listening session for our Sweet Nancy from Shaolin album, with goals of creating a platform for 2-Tone to wax-poetic about the making of the project while at the same time giving attendees a true (hip-hop) heads experience.

We brought in notable music journalist Marcus K Dowling (Complex, Pitchfork, VICE) who expertly led the conversation between he and 2-Tone allowing 2-Tone to delve deep into the stories and various nuances of the making of specific tracks which culminated into the making of our best SHAOLIN JAZZ album to date.

Thanks to Marcus K Dowling for setting the conversation and tone, props to Chuck Levin’s for allowing us to use their studio for the session – the sound design helped to punctuate the experience, much appreciated to Calabash Tea & Tonic, Stella’s PopKern, Bjorn’s Bakes, Hero Heads Clothing, and Red Bull for providing beverages, bites, and apparel to fuel the vibe, and, of course, big shouts to everyone who attended.

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SHAOLIN JAZZ Interview on Know Your Scene

Today, at 6 PM, Know Your Scene, presented by music magazine DC Music Download, will be interviewing SHAOLIN JAZZ about our upcoming CAN I KICK IT? outdoor screenings at Freedom Plaza and our other projects and multimedia engagements.  Listen live at 6 PM by clicking here.

Know Your Scene spotlights some of the most influential and interesting people who shape D.C.’s music scene. Each episode offers an in-depth look into what’s happening inside the nation’s capital through topical discussions and interviews, spotlighting the music community’s unique DIY ethos and independent spirit.

Maurice Woods / WHAT’S GOOD(?)

The kid found peace of mind when he was learning, investigating and creating. He felt especially at peace when he drew, learned about how things worked, or played basketball. His penchant for creativity reached a zenith when he took apart his father’s expensive watch to learn how the inside worked. Of course, he also planned to put it back together, but as you can probably imagine, his father kind of stopped the whole operation before that happened…  For the entire read click Read the rest of this entry

Maurice Woods / WHAT’S GOOD(?)

In our 5th edition of WHAT’S GOOD(?), which drops on 5.30.18, we highlight Maurice Woods, a graphic designer who uses different mediums to capture his vision including the use of jazz and hip-hop.  Woods, who’s clients include Nike, established a nonprofit in 2004 called @InneractProject which brings graphic design education to under-served communities.

Visit shaolinjazz.com for the full read which drops on 5.30.18.

Dan Wilkins / WHAT’S GOOD(?)

In our third edition of WHAT’S GOOD(?) we highlight Dan Wilkins: jazz artist, accomplished saxophonist, composer, bandleader, and educator.  His influences range from Dexter Gordon to Pujyashri Deepakbhai Desai.  Profile by Griffin Woodard.

If you were to see the titles Transfigured, Ebb and Flow, Of Distant Lands, Unraveled, and Soar, you might think you were about to read the treatises of a world explorer, Buddhist monk, or mystic poet. Although he may have certain qualities from each, Lehigh Valley, PA native Dan Wilkins is first and foremost a jazz artist; an accomplished saxophonist, composer, bandleader, and educator.  His influences range from Dexter Gordon to Pujyashri Deepakbhai Desai, for example.  Wilkins’ sound is like a breath of fresh, cold air which carries the distant majesty of ancient, candle-lit castles; his melodies speak like noble tales of warriors and pilgrims, ever on a journey.

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Ru AREYOU / WHAT’S GOOD(?)

While Hip-Hop has a long history of multi-talented artists – producers who rap, rappers who sing – few can claim a track record that includes heading a creative label, producing for Chris Brown, dancing on Justin Bieber’s world tour, as well as being a decorated martial artist, winning the 2001 US Open open forms competition.  Ru AREYOU is a Sacramento raised, Los Angeles based jack of all trades who’s honed his skills across these mediums for close to a decade & is seeing his audience grow tremendously over the past year.

SHAOLIN JAZZ (interview by Myk Blauuw) got a chance to speak with Ru AREYOU about his background, tour life, and what drives him creatively.

SJ: For the folks that don’t know you, can you give a little background on yourself? Who is Ru AREYOU?

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CAN I KICK IT? / Final Four

We’re down to the final 4 most requested films for our 1st Annual ‘Fan Pick’ edition of CAN I KICK IT? / Let us know which one of these 4 cult classic films you’d like to see on Sept. 26th / Email your selection to info@shaolinjazz.com.  And for all event info click here.

All the Fly Kids – Interview

Check out our All The Fly Kids interview.  Shouts to Geronimo on the look.  Listen here.