* The Bad Plus

The Bad Plus –  Reid Anderson on bass , Dave King on drums and NOW Orrin Evans on piano– improvises on acoustic instruments with a captivating stridency. Whether that makes them a jazz band, per se, is a common point of contention. They’re interested in the legacy of Thelonious Monk – it’s in their sense of confrontation with levity – but they dip that into a bubbling petri dish with the musics of John Cage and Brian Eno. Whatever you call it, the trio’s sound is unlike that of any other band – and it’s worth hearing.

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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.