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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.


CAN I KICK IT? / 12.26 / Enter the Dragon

What better way to end the year than with one of the best and most iconic martial arts films – Enter the Dragon starring legendary martial arts icon Bruce Lee.  Join us on Tues Dec. 26th (decompress after the holiday), @SongByrdDC.  For more Info/RSVP click here.

CAN I KICK IT? / Ghost In The Shell / Recap

We’re closing out the year with heat and last week’s CAN I KICK IT? exemplified that to the fullest as we screened the anime classic Ghost In The Shell.  Thanks to everyone who attended, those who helped spread the word, salute to the Crochet Kingpin who rocked the pop-up shop, and props to Songbyrd for hosting.  To check out the full recap click Read the rest of this entry

CAN I KICK IT? ‘Fan Pick’ Edition – Recap

For this to be our first ‘fan pick’ edition of CAN I KICK IT? we were pleasantly surprised.  When you do something new, you have no idea what’s going to happen, but then you have moments like this where people participated with lots of and in some cases – very random suggestions of movie titles and then there’s the surprise announcement of the film that night, which, as we hoped would happen, proved to be the icing on the cake.

In the end, Road House, a classic title from the late 80’s starring Patrick Swayze (RIP), won the night.  Props to Songbyrd for hosting and thanks again to everyone who came thru as well as all of those who spread the word.  Lastly, special shout to Maishah for also run our pop-up shop.  To check out the full recap click Read the rest of this entry

Its Almost Tuesday…

The people have spoken and a selection has been made for our first ‘Fan Pick’ edition of CAN I KICK IT?  The winning movie will be announced before we screen it tomorrow on the 26th.  We look forward to seeing everyone and for all CAN I KICK IT? event info click here.

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  And for all event info click here.

CAN I KICK IT? Teaser Video

We’re happy to announce the drop of our new teaser video for CAN I KICK IT?, which provides a great look at the science behind one of our most popular multimedia engagements.  For additional info click here.

Shaolin Challenges Ninja – Recap

Good times is always the goal with CAN I KICK IT? and while Shaolin Challenges Ninja is a verifiable classic, in it’s own right, it looked like everyone who came thru on Tues, for our remix, enjoyed it to the same degree.  Props to Songbyrd for hosting and thanks again to everyone who came thru as well as all of those who spread the word.  To check out the full recap click Read the rest of this entry

Big Trouble in Little China – Recap

June 2017 has been a milestone month for SHAOLIN JAZZ in that our CAN I KICK IT? engagement, which started as a simple idea developed during one of our college trips in MA, has grown into an event that’s rocked hundreds of people in our hometown, at one of the most iconic national monuments in our nation’s capital.  Simply put, we made something out of nothing, which is precisely how SHAOLIN JAZZ even started.  And we were able to add to the creative cultural fabric of our city and share it with friends and family which is uniquely special.

We more than appreciate the Downtown DC BID for wanting SHAOLIN JAZZ to conduct CAN I KICK IT? to help launch their Downtown Summer Flick series; we’d like to send an enormous bid of thanks to DC Music Download for their top tier PR support; thank you to our community and media partners: Lil SoSo Productions, 202creates, DC Funk Parade, Listen Local First DC, Zipcar, Boss Shepherd’s, Pret-A-Manger, the Mayor’s office on African American Affairs for their marketing and promotional support; props to everyone who’s helped to spread the word and shared their experience(s); and we cannot thank you enough to the individuals who’ve attended one, some, and, in some cases, all four screenings.

Keep in mind that we’ve still got more events and programming coming and this is just the first so stay tuned, and in the meantime for all SHAOLIN JAZZ info click here and to follow us on social media click: instagram, facebook, and twitter.

We, of course, have provided an event recap and to add to the experience we’ve added photos from attendees.  To check out the full recap click Read the rest of this entry

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