HIP HOP// A Touch of Jazz // Philadelphia

In 1985, Jeffrey Allen Townes exploded onto the music scene as half of the superstar duo known as DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince (longtime partner/artist/actor, Will Smith). The precocious duo went on to sell over fifteen million records worldwide, win three Grammy Awards (including first ever awarded for Rap), three American Music Awards, two NAACP Awards, two Soul Train Music Awards, and an MTV Music Award.

In 1990, Jeff fulfilled a longtime dream and started A Touch of Jazz, Inc. (ATOJ), a full-scale musical production facility, in his hometown of Philadelphia. Housing four complete digital and analog rooms, ATOJ also has a variety of vintage microphones, keyboards, state-of-the-art equipment and a “live” room. Pre-production, recording, and mixing are performed magically and almost effortlessly by Jeff’s constantly replenished team of talented young producers. Jeff prides himself on having created a laid-back atmosphere that allows all those who enter to feel unity, inspiration, and deliver their most personal and innovative creative work possible. The relaxed environment and the tremendous amount of great music it yielded helped solidify ATOJ’s reputation for being THE place to create original music.