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Interview via Songbyrd DC

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Props to the good people at Songbyrd for the SHAOLIN JAZZ press.  We dish on the beginnings of SHAOLIN JAZZ, CAN I KICK IT?, and the DC art and music scene.  To check out the read click here.

CAN I KICK IT? / Jan 2017 / Recap

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I can’t front, our first CAN I KICK IT? of 2017 was better than we expected.  Lots of new faces in the place and we’ve successfully hurdled our tech…hurdles.  Props to everyone who attended, shouts to all of those who spread the word, and thanks again to Songbyrd for their continued support.  We’ve got a major CAN I KICK IT? announcement coming in the next two months so stayed tuned and please join us for our next CAN I KICK IT? on Tues. Feb. 28th where we’ll be screening the martial arts classic The Flying Guillotine.   For more recap pics click Read the rest of this entry

CAN I KICK IT? / 1.24 / feat Police Story starring Jackie Chan

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Its 2017 so its only right that we start the new year with a banger, so join us for the first CAN I KICK IT? of 2017 on Tuesday January 24th at Songbyrd as we screen Police Story starring the legendary Jackie Chan.  We’re also pleased to announce that this month’s pop-up shop will feature Dora Lee Designs.  For more info and to RSVP click here.

CAN I KICK IT? / 12.27 / feat The Chinese Connection starring Bruce Lee

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Its the last CAN I KICK IT? of 2016 so we have to go big with the legend Bruce Lee and we’re screening one of his most action-packed films – The Chinese Connection.   And to add to the experience we’ll also be featuring local lifestyle brand The Lost Queens who’ll be doing a pop-up in Songbyrd’s record cafe.  For more details and to RSVP click here.

CHAMBERS – Wu-Tang Inspired Art Show / Closing Reception / Recap

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The closing reception for CHAMBERS was, hands down, one of the best closing receptions that I’ve had the pleasure of being apart of and most definitely ended our exhibition in proper form.  The Instant Vintage vinyl record fair, featuring some of the areas finest vinyl record collectors, and producer showcase, featuring some DC’s most notable beat-smiths making Wu-Tang inspired beats, served as perfect complements to what many guests considered as a more than memorable night.  Thank you to everyone who attended, salute to all of those that helped spread the word, and props to our partners at ART WHINO and BLIND WHINO for helping to make this happen.  Stay tuned for more is all I’m gonna say…

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CAN I KICK IT? / Tues 11.22 @SongByrdDC / feat Ninja Scroll / 6-10 pm / No Cover / For info click here.

NINJA VUITTON Release Party at Palace 5ive / 8.12.16

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Join us for the release party, 8.12.16 at Palace 5ive, for our NINJA VUITTON T-shirt sold exclusively at Palace 5ive.  There has always been a synergy between Hip-Hop and martial arts and our visual language, designed by Late Night Genius, will attempt to discuss this synergy.

To learn more and to RSVP for our release party click here.

For all SHAOLIN JAZZ info go to www.shaolinjazz.com.

SHAOLIN JAZZ in Ethiopia / Panelist: Asheru

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Meet Gabriel “Asheru” Benn, M.Ed. one of the panelists on our discussion this Sunday.  Asheru is a veteran Hip Hop artist, educator, and youth activist. He is widely known for performing the opening theme for the popular TV series, The Boondocks, and other musical contributions to the show, for which he received the prestigious Peabody Award – becoming the first hip hop artist to receive the prestigious award. Alongside his career as a Hip Hop artist, Asheru has served as a teacher/administrator in DC Schools for over 15 years, and is well known for his pioneering and innovative efforts to forward the Hip Hop Education movement, namely through his organizations, Guerilla Arts Ink, and the Hip Hop Educational Literacy Program (H.E.L.P.).  To learn more about Asheru click here and here.

SHAOLIN JAZZ – A / V / Recap

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SHAOLIN JAZZ A / V is hands down our most experimental engagement to date.  Props to everyone that attended our first installment, salute to the Anacostia Arts Center for bringing us out, and shouts to all of those who helped spread the word.  And with all of the positive feedback that we received, 2-Tone and I are certainly looking forward to conducting more of these.  To view more recap pics click Read the rest of this entry

SHAOLIN JAZZ in Ethiopia / Panelist: Keanna Faircloth

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Meet Keanna Faircloth, a true Jazz-head and highly accomplished pianist (having toured the country and studied with giants such as Charles Covington and Grady Tate), to, since 2005, hosting a range of Jazz shows on the world renowned radio station WPFW 89.3 FM – the only radio station in DC dedicated to the preservation of Jazz and committed to community awareness and social justice.  Keanna also, under the name DJ Charlie Fontaine (and her company JazzyGirlRockin Entertainment), spins at a range of events bringing a special mix of Jazz and Soul.  Keanna will be the moderator of our discussion on July 17th, 5-7pm at Busboys and Poets’ K Street #location.  To learn more about Keanna and to listen to one of her editions of Evening Jazz or to learn where she’ll be spinning next click here.