In 2015 the creators became the first recipients of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities' Sister Cities International Arts Grant for a music exchange initiative between Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Washington, DC. Now that they are back from a week-long excursion in Addis Ababa they are ready to share the music and sounds of Ethio-Jazz and Hip Hop they experienced with the people of Washington, DC. On Saturday, June 4th at Tropicalia on U Street they will be joined by guest artists and musicians for a special, one-night only Ethiopia Edition of SHAOLIN JAZZ L!VE.
Of all the unique engagements presented by SHAOLIN JAZZ, this is the one that best reflects the innovation and intersections of Jazz and Hip-Hop. SHAOLIN JAZZ L!VE is a performance of selections from the SHAOLIN JAZZ music catalog reinterpreted live by a Jazz band led by DJ 2-Tone Jones. 2-Tone uses the turntables to both blend vocals live with the music, as well as manipulate various sounds and improvise in a manner similar to any other musician in the band. It is a performance that entertains and stimulates Jazz fans and Hip-Hop heads alike.