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CapitalBop,Inc, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting, presenting and preserving jazz in Washington, D.C. Founded in 2010 and run by young cultural organizers and musicians, CapitalBop grows audiences and builds community around jazz because we believe it is important to the city’s historic identity as well as its contemporary culture. CapitalBop.com is an online magazine and resource designed to help everyone from newcomers to diehards connect with the city’s thriving live jazz scene and musicians. We present grassroots shows that unite diverse audiences while showcasing jazz in nontraditional, outside-the-box scenarios. Our emerging education program seeks to connect D.C.’s great teaching artists with children across the city, helping them access their own creativity by tapping them into the rich cultural legacy of their hometown.

As the D.C. jazz scene watches many of its venues disappear, CapitalBop has served as a ballast — both by presenting our own concerts and audience-engagement events and by supporting the greater jazz ecosystem through our website and advocacy. With the city in the midst of major demographic changes, CapitalBop helps maintain a place for jazz in D.C.’s cultural conversation, emphasizing its continuing importance as a vessel for creativity rooted in Black history and expression.

Our storied DC Jazz Loft shows, annual festivals (NEXTfest, Jazz & Freedom Festival, Home Rule Music Festival and more), and other presentations reach diverse audiences and stimulate the creative growth of D.C.’s vibrant music scene. Among the world-class musicians we have brought to D.C. — some of them for the first time — are Thundercat, Mary Halvorson, Nicole Mitchell, Orrin Evans, Marc Cary, Peter Brötzmann, Mary Halvorson, Karriem Riggins, Myra Melford, NEA Jazz Master Carla Bley and Joel Ross. Every show we present includes at least one D.C.-based act. Our shows take over art galleries, studios, empty retail spaces, outdoor lots and other DIY venues across the city.

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