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 […]

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 […]