Of all the varieties of music that are commonly known, quite possibly Jazz and Hip-Hop exhibit more parallels throughout their respective existences than any two others. The similarities are evident in the use of rhythmic devices in jazz solos and the delivery of an MC, the creativity exhibited in improvisation and free-style rhyming, and popular dances from the big band jazz era to hip-hop moves of the late ’80s/early ’90s. However, despite the evident connection between the two genres the awareness and acknowledgement of it has been minimal – hopefully until now.

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The Lecture Series

One of the most dynamic extensions of SHAOLIN JAZZ is a series of educational and interactive multimedia engagements referred to as The SHAOLIN JAZZ Lecture Series.  The aim of the lecture series is to explore the cultural and musical parallels and connections that exist between Jazz and Hip-Hop in an informative, yet entertaining way using music, art and discussion.  This includes a multimedia presentation incorporating music samples, video clips, historical and contemporary images, and a range of other thought provoking content.  These same themes have also been presented in workshops and in a panel discussion format including the expertise of relevant college professors, music journalists, cultural influencers and artists.   

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To date over 25 colleges and universities across the US have hosted a SHAOLIN JAZZ Lecture or Panel Discussion including Cornell University, Boston College, University of Illinois, Villanova University, Delaware State University, University of Virginia, Tulane University, University of Nebraska, Oberlin College, UNC Chapel Hill, Morgan State University and Tufts University.

For booking and inquiries contact info@shaolinjazz.com