Audio | A highlight reel from last month’s D.C. Jazz Loft, where experimentalism took on many forms

Reginald Cyntje, left, leads his five-trombone ensemble at the D.C. Jazz Loft on Oct. 14. Giovanni Russonello/CapitalBop

by Luke Stewart
Editorial board

At CapitalBop’s D.C. Jazz Loft last month, a variety of approaches to experimentalism made themselves heard. Whether it was the rock-tinged squall of Kung Fu Bastard, the unadorned and soulful singing of Heidi Martin (accompanied only by bass and drums), or the five-trombone attack of Reginald Cyntje’s Trombone Ensemble, every moment was rife with the shock of the new. If you missed the show, or if you just want to relive the music, check out the half-hour audio special below. It features interviews with the night’s performers, and one full song from each of them, recorded at the loft.

This month’s loft will be held this coming Sunday. Keep an eye on us; details about that show are coming tomorrow.

October D.C. Jazz Loft Audio Recap



Giovanni Russonello

About Giovanni Russonello

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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 Reach Giovanni at

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    shannon /
  2. Thanks. Sounds like a good time should have been had by all. Can’t go wrong with these things and all the talent in DC…

    JC /
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    JazzFanAtit /
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