Jeff Townes, aka DJ Jazzy Jeff is a DJ and producer best known for his work with Will Smith. In 1989, they got the first ever Grammy in Hip Hop (for “Parents Just Don’t Understand”) and as a producer Jazzy Jeff has also worked with artists as diverse as Jill Scott and Emimem.
Coming from an era when playing a Hip Hop set meant playing anything in your record collection that will keep a crowd moving he enthusiastically plays an assortment of songs ranging from Funk, Soul, Reggae and Hip Hop (though I could have done without hearing “Africa” by Toto and “In The Air Tonight” by Phil Collins).
He’s aided by an MC who keeps a largely enthusiastic crowd hyped up without chatting over the songs too much (something anyone MC-ing should be aware of). All though the set, vocals and beats are expertly mixed and his cutting and scrathing is rhythmic and on time (something anyone DJ-ing should be aware of).
It’s good to hear someone with an obvious love of music playing a snapshot of their record collection. He comes from a long like of Philly DJ’s who knows how to move a crowd. One of my favourite DJ’s working today.