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 […]

Andrew White celebrates a long history of musical pursuit at Blues Alley

Andrew White Blues Alley Wednesday, April 26, 2017 The homemade flyers, softly illuminated by the faux votives on each table, say it all: “Andrew White, living legend of music historiography.” The flyers, much like their creator, are a little rough and rugged, but packed to the margins with a wealth of human and musical knowledge, […]

At our next Traveling Loft, Nicole Mitchell’s Black Earth Ensemble presents the Afrofuturist suite ‘Mandorla Awakening’

We’re thrilled to continue our quarterly Traveling Loft series by presenting one of today’s most important and prolific musicians: flutist and composer Nicole Mitchell. She’ll appear with her eight-piece Black Earth Ensemble in a special concert on Feb. 11 at Capital Fringe. Also on the bill is one of D.C.’s finest musicians, the improvising cellist […]

Christie Dashiell’s ‘Time All Mine’

Christie Dashiell’s Time All Mine is a smooth melding of the old and new. On her debut solo album, the vocalist gives a poised performance, her control reminiscent of the late Sarah Vaughn but with a contemporary pop twist. She covers songs like Lil Wayne’s How to Love with a glistening, sultry feel. One of […]

Mark G. Meadows’ ‘To the People’

On the title track of his third album, To the People, the pianist and vocalist Mark G. Meadows sings, “No time to lose / Let’s spread the news… / And bring love to the people / Joy to the people.” It’s a powerful rallying cry on an LP of charged, heralding anthems. It’s also an […]

David Schulman and Quiet Life Motel’s ‘Anhinga’

The role of the violin in contemporary music has always been challenging. Achieving virtuosity on it is one thing, but it can be difficult to relevantly apply an instrument with such historical and cultural baggage. Of course, in dedicated and creative hands, the violin can and does serve to enhance arrangements and even shine. Definitely […]

Dwayne Adell’s ‘The Periodic Table of Tonal Elements’

Simply put, Dwayne Adell is genius. A true and singular genius, unlike any other person alive. He is a modern-day Art Tatum on the piano, a musician who doesn’t necessarily “know” music — its theory and practices, in an academic sense (he doesn’t read music) — but who simply hears music clearly in his own […]