Though even kids today are likely aware of Smith's career trajectory as a Hollywood superstar, only close followers of hip-hop are likely to be hip to what DJ Jazzy Jeff has been doing over the years. Turns out, the guy's kept plenty busy. He's produced and lent scratches to records for a long list of artists including the Roots, Talib Kweli, and Rhymefest. He's released two all-original solo albums, one of which, 2007's The Return of the Magnificent, went gold. He's built a studio and production company in Philly called a Touch of Jazz, which has launched many artists' recording careers, including solo Will Smith, and, more recently, Jill Scott.
Fri., July 10, 11 p.m., 2009