Maddy’s brings weekend jam sessions back into the D.C. jazz mix

Maddy’s Bar and Grille has launched a weekly series of Friday- and Saturday-night jam sessions, filling a weekend void that has existed since the now-closed Bohemian Caverns gave up on its Saturday jams a few years ago. Maddy’s late-night sessions expand the Dupont Circle pub’s regular music offerings to three nights a week, joining the successful Tune-In Tuesdays, which feature small […]

Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club threatened with eviction

The landlord for the beleaguered Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club began eviction proceedings against the venue late last month, threatening one of the few remaining clubs dedicated to regularly presenting jazz in the D.C. area, according to a report in the Washington Business Journal. In a complaint to the Maryland District Court for Montgomery […]

As D.C. City Council Considers Bill Banning Street Performers, Musicians Gather in Protest

UPDATE, 7/11/2018: The D.C. Council withdrew the proposed Amplified Noise Amendment Act during its meeting on Tuesday, after musicians and community organizers across the District organized a write-in campaign, social-media push using the hashtag #soundproofDC, and an amplified protest-cum-jam session on Monday. Chairman Phil Mendelson defended the bill after the council’s meeting, according to WTOP […]

Hear the Lead Single from Michael Bowie’s New Project, Never Die

One of the District’s most relentless instrumentalists and bandleaders, the accomplished bassist Michael Bowie is becoming known for leading groups that press up against the conventional boundaries of mainstream jazz. At Blues Alley on Monday, Bowie will debut yet another new musical project: a band he’s calling Never Die. The group has just released its first […]

R+R=NOW, featuring Robert Glasper and Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, tests a supergroup’s potential at the DC JazzFest

R+R=NOW The Anthem Saturday, June 16, 2018 Those expecting some grand political statement about resistance or revolution from R+R=NOW during the supergroup’s set at the Anthem, part of the 2018 DC Jazz Festival, may have been disappointed. The six-piece collective, organized and helmed by the jocular (and devastatingly talented) pianist and producer Robert Glasper, takes […]

6 Shows You’ll Want to Catch at the DC Jazz Festival: CapitalBop’s Guide

It’s that time of year again: Starting this weekend, and running through next Sunday, June 17, a wealth of diverse and energetic sound will be ringing out across the city at the DC Jazz Festival. Straight-ahead and its post-bop offshoots continue to make up the majority of the festival’s offerings this year, but it’s also […]