Jazzy Jeff

Seven­teen years af­ter his last brush with Un­cle Phil, East Coast DJ leg­end keeps his fo­cus squarely on the mu­sic

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START­ING FROM SCRATCH and more, at Vir­gin Mo­bile Mod Club (722 Col­lege), Wed­nes­day (Novem­ber 6), doors 9 pm, $10. red­bullthre3style. com. Philadel­phia DJ leg­end Jazzy Jeff is still best known as the one-time part­ner of ac­tor Will Smith – then rap­ping un­der the moniker Fresh Prince. Jeff went on to make regular cameo ap­pear­ances on Smith’s 90s break­through TV show.

In­stead of chas­ing Hol­ly­wood glitz, Jeff kept his fo­cus squarely on mu­sic. He’s remixed ev­ery­one from Peter Bjorn and John to the Tempta- tions. He’s pro­duced rap­pers like Mac Miller and Eminem. You can also hear him scratch­ing on songs by the Roots, Talib Kweli and Slum Vil­lage. He’s even been turned into a playable char­ac­ter in the DJ Hero video game.

But he’s most loved for his ver­sa­tile DJ sets. He can cut and scratch hip-hop with the best and can also take you on a wild his­tory les­son of clas­sic funk and rare break­beats. Book him for a house mu­sic event and he’ll dive into the deep end, smoothly mix­ing soul­ful dance floor an­thems for hours.

Hard­core fans will want to check out the af­ter­noon panel and Q& A with the DJ at the Thomp­son Ho­tel (550 Welling­ton West), Wed­nes­day (Novem­ber 6) at 4 pm.


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