* Ben Williams: Homage to a Master, Keter Betts

Bassist Ben Williams grew up in D.C. and attended the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, then vaulted into the spotlight in 2009 after winning the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. He earned acclaim with the release of his 2011 debut album, State of Art, and he builds on that record’s svelte blend of jazz, funk and go-go on his sophomore release, Coming of Age. Don’t just go to hear Williams’ acoustic bass playing—warm, earthy and precise—or to experience his buoyant compositions. He leads a tribute to the late, great D.C. bassist Keter Betts.

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Giovanni is the founder of CapitalBop, and a music critic for the New York Times. He previously served as a contributor to the Washington Post, the FADER, JazzTimes, NPR Music and others, and hosted “On the Margin,” a books show on WPFW-FM. As head of CapitalBop, he has covered the D.C. jazz scene since 2010. (He is no longer directly involved in the presenting of CapitalBop's concerts.) He graduated from Tufts University with a bachelor’s degree in history, with a focus on African-American history. Reach Giovanni at editor@capitalbop.com. Read him at giovannirussonello.com or nytimes.com/by/giovanni-russonello. Follow him on Twitter at @giorussonello.