Our summer continues to shine and its been an absolute blessing for SHAOLIN JAZZ to have been granted these opportunities.
Our CAN I KICK IT? screening at the Freer/Sackler Gallery’s (The Smithsonian) Made in Hong Kong Film Festival was, from start to finish, nothing short of a good time. 2-Tone not only rocked the opening reception (which included live Martial Arts demonstrations, curated food and cocktails) but, immediately after the reception he proceeded downstairs to setup for and rock our screening, to a maximum capacity crowd, of the Shaw Bros’ 80’s classic Legendary Weapons of Kung Fu.
This event represented a couple of firsts for us, in that not only was this our first time conducting CAN I KICK IT? in a film festival, but that this was our first time (and hopefully not our last) rocking for a standing room only crowd.
Thanks to Tom and his team at the Freer/Sackler for once again bringing us back for another event, props to everyone who helped spread the word, special shouts to Ja’Mon for helping to hold down the merch table as well as shooting, and thanks to everyone who attended. Your support is very much appreciated.
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Our recent performance of SHAOLIN JAZZ L!VE, which quickly became a standing-room-only event, was, hands-down, one of our top 3 best performances to date and the fact that we conducted it at the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum (in the heart of SE DC) to both kick-off their Jazz Appreciation Month programming as well as in conjunction with the opening of their new A Right to the City exhibition made it all the more special.
Thanks to Perry and Marcia for bringing us, thanks to Sound of the City (band) for again allowing us to realize our vision through your musical talents, and props to everyone who attended making it a truly memorable show in, by, and for the city.
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We’re pleased to announce that the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum has asked us to conduct SHAOLIN JAZZ L!VE as apart of their Jazz Appreciation Month celebration. Join us on Saturday April 28th, 2 PM – 4 PM, and its free. For more info/RSVP click here.
Got a chance to attend the SAAM Arcade annual event this year which was hosted by the Smithsonian American Art Museum and its partners. One hundred fifty independent developers have submitted their games while additional arcade cabinets and consoles were provided by MagFest, Death by Audio Arcade, Arcades4Home, and CrabTowne USA. Game building workshops were also presented by Boolean Girl and the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.
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I, along with the other the other attendees, first heard the announcement at this year’s DC Loves Dilla event and was blown away. Its dope to see how far hip-hop has come in getting honored and properly archived like jazz. Below is an excerpt from the official press release from the Smithsonian:
“The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture announces the donation of significant artifacts from the family of award-winning hip-hop artist and producer, James “J Dilla” Yancey. The items will be part of the museum’s growing arts and entertainment collection designed to explore how popular music helped shape the nation’s history and culture politically and socially. The announcement was made July 17 during the annual “DC Loves Dilla” tribute concert at the Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C. Other musicians featured in the museum’s popular-music collection range from Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and Lena Horne to Chuck Berry, George Clinton/Parliament Funkadelic and Chuck D. Items from these and similar collections will be used in the “Musical Crossroads” exhibition, one of 11 inaugural exhibitions on view when the museum opens in 2016.”
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