John McLaughlin, a fusion guitar legend, is on his final tour

Some musicians hang on a bit too long, ending their careers with a slow fade. It can be painful to witness. Others recognize when it’s time to ease up, and accordingly change their relationship and approach to music. John McLaughlin, who has been at the forefront of jazz pathbreaking since the late 1960s, thinks it’s […]

What Solange and Sun Ra Have in Common

Solange and the Sun Ra Arkestra Kennedy Center Oct. 1, 2017 “You can’t have the White House without the Black House. You can’t have something without its opposite.” The groundbreaking Afrofuturist musician, bandleader and philosopher Sun Ra spoke these words, captured in Robert Mugge’s 1980 film “Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise,” as one of many […]

Young bass phenom Linda May Han Oh talks about her new album, ‘Walk Against Wind’

Linda May Han Oh often describes the improvisational exchanges between herself and her bandmates—whether the members of her current quartet or in the radically exploratory work she does as part of guitar wizard Pat Metheny’s current group—as “conversations.” In fact, there is a particularly conversational tone that Oh takes when playing behind Metheny. Watching the […]

Miles Mosley talks God, grooves and gigging with the West Coast Get Down

On “Young Lion,” the first track from his debut album Uprising, Miles Mosley announces himself to the world with a kind of sage swagger that many rappers can only hope to embody. “Thank God for me / Ain’t nothing been funky since ’73,” Mosley intones over a foot-stomping, hollering track of Sly Stone-like gospel funk. […]

Mary Halvorson Octet, Brandee Younger Trio and Odean Pope’s Saxophone Choir: the 7th annual DC Jazz Loft Series at the DC JazzFest

And … we’re back. CapitalBop is thrilled to be presenting three of the most exciting artists in jazz today at this year’s DC Jazz Loft Series, our seventh annual program of ear-bending shows at the DC Jazz Festival. This year, we’ve got arguably more star power than ever — from the innovative compositions and remarkable […]