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Jazz and Hip Hop Camp 2017: Recap

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Welcome! We just finished up one of the most successful sessions of the Jazz and Hip Hop camp to date. We started the week off at the Nash and finished at Crescent Ball room with two wonderful showcases hosted by School of Hip Hop's very own Antoinette James and Joshua Baskerville. You can find all of the pictures and videos on our facebook and instagram pages @sohhphx.

Everyday was started off with an icebreaker, among the favorites were sardines and pork and beans a lyrical freestyle cypher that allows its participants to introduce themselves in a funky new way. The catch is you must stay on beat with whatever you say. From the icebreaker we moved into the element of hip hop that would be taught that day. There are 5 elements of hip hop:

- B-boy/Girl (Dancers)

-DJ/Production

-Visual Artist (Includes your graffiti artists, album cover art, lights and back stage visual, ect.)

-MC/Spoken Word (Includes singers, rappers, spoken word artist, ect.)

-Overstanding (Knowledge)

Each of these elements were introduced to the students through videos and demonstrations of the history of each element and how that applies to what is seen in everyday life. From there the students broke off into 1 of 3 groups offered. Production which included mix mastering and making your own beats from scratch, Song writing which allowed the students to write their own lyrics and melodies to form a song, and a section that focused on live instruments. That group ended up forming an actual band called 'Not Yet' who preformed along with all of the other young musicians at both showcases. The students wrote their own songs and produced their own track over the course of a week under the instruction of the School of Hip Hop founders and a mass of musically and artistically inclined staff of volunteers.

The meals for the week were provided by local restraunts downtown, and were very tasty. They catered to the diatery needs of all providing a vegetarian and vegan option in addition to the dishes with animal products. The restraunts are listed below with their websites.

Otro Cafe www.otrocafe.com/

Crescent Ballroom www.crescentphx.com/

The Parlor Pizzeria theparlor.us/

Pig and Pickle pigandpickle.com/

Pita Jungle @pitajungle

Pictures and videos have been uploaded to all of our social media platforms, and the links are accessible below. You will also be able to see an interview with one of the students as well as other media attached to this blog.

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We really enjoyed this years camp and are looking forward to next year!