* Regina Carter: Simply Ella w/ Elijah Jamal Balbed

The fearlessly inventive violinist and MacArthur Fellowship Award winner Regina Carter leads a group celebrating her new tribute project to the First Lady of Song, Ella Fitzgerald, “Ella: Accentuate the Positive”.

 

The young saxophonist Elijah Jamal Balbed, now a fixture of the scene, has a hard-driving and sparely metallic sound. It’s like Dexter Gordon’s and Sonny Rollins’, to the old-school buff, but he casts their lessons through the Young Lions of the 1990s, and speaks in the lingua franca of present-day post-bop.

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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. Reach Giovanni at editor@capitalbop.com.