Audio | A highlight reel from last month’s D.C. Jazz Loft, where experimentalism took on many forms

Reginald Cyntje, left, leads his five-trombone ensemble at the D.C. Jazz Loft on Oct. 14. Giovanni Russonello/CapitalBop

At CapitalBop’s D.C. Jazz Loft last month, a variety of approaches to experimentalism made themselves heard. Whether it was the rock-tinged squall of Kung Fu Bastard, the unadorned and soulful singing of Heidi Martin (accompanied only by bass and drums), or the five-trombone attack of Reginald Cyntje’s Trombone Ensemble, every moment was rife with the shock of the new. If you missed the show, or if you just want to relive the music, check out the half-hour audio special below. It features interviews with the night’s performers, and one full song from each of them, recorded at the loft.

This month’s loft will be held this coming Sunday. Keep an eye on us; details about that show are coming tomorrow.

October D.C. Jazz Loft Audio Recap



Luke Stewart

About Luke Stewart

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Luke Stewart is a DC/NYC-based musician and organizer of important musical presentations. He also has a presence in the national and international professional music community. He was profiled in the Washington Post in early 2017 as “holding down the jazz scene,” selected as “Best Musical Omnivore” in the Washington City Paper’s 2017 “Best of DC,” chosen as “Jazz Artist of the Year” for 2017 in the District Now, and in the 2014 People Issue of the Washington City Paper as a “Jazz Revolutionary,” citing his multi-faceted cultural activities throughout DC. In DC his regular ensembles include experimental jazz trio Heart of the Ghost, Low Ways Quartet featuring guitarist Anthony Pirog, and experimental rock duo Blacks’ Myths.  As a solo artist, he has been compiling a series of improvisational sound structures for Upright Bass and Amplifier. As a scholar/performer, he has performed and lectured at Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Medgar Evers College, George Mason University, Wayne State University, University of Montana, New Mexico State University, and the University of South Carolina. He holds a BA in International Studies and a BA in Audio Production from American University, and an MA in Arts Management and Entrepreneurship from the New School. Reach Luke at

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    who are the trombone players? nice to hear some bones! 🙂

    shannon /
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    Thanks. Sounds like a good time should have been had by all. Can’t go wrong with these things and all the talent in DC…

    JC /
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    Innovation is the blood that creates the flow in the veins of this body of History of JAZZ!!!

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