* Luis Faife and D.C. Cuban All Stars (Artes de Cuba)

Luis Faife’s phrasing can punch or slide, rattle your brain and tug on your hips. He brings Afro-Cuban and Afro-Peruvian elements into his bebop playing, which is some of the fleetest you’ll hear in D.C. He leads a group of the region’s best Cuban jazz musicians as part of the Artes de Cuba festival.

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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.