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.