Video | D.C. Jazz Composers Collective hits the studio for first recording

Members of the Bobby Muncy Quintet, shown here at the first D.C. Jazz Loft, have formed the D.C. Jazz Composers Collective. Giovanni Russonello/CapitalBop

by Giovanni Russonello
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The D.C. Jazz Composers Collective has a mission: to expand the horizons of the District’s music scene by focusing more attention on the importance of writing original music.

A couple months ago, the DCJCC’s members – saxophonist Bobby Muncy, pianist Gene D’Andrea, bassist Kevin Pace and drummer Andrew Hare – entered the studio to begin work on a debut album that will feature, of course, all original tunes. The session is currently being mastered, and if all goes well the collective expects to release it on CD in September, D’Andrea said. On CapitalBop’s behalf, D.C. jazz video handyman Ed Stansbury tagged along for the recording session and has put together a clip from that day.

You might remember hearing these musicians perform in the Bobby Muncy Quintet, either on a Wednesday night at Utopia, where they had a longstanding residency until earlier this year, or at the December D.C. Jazz Loft. If so, you’re familiar with the sleek modernity of their compositions, informed by bebop, Western classical and popular music. From the sound of things in this video, the DCJCC album should be well worth checking out.

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