Video Recap: Three Days of Improvisation, Experimentation and Surprise at the DC Jazz Fest

At CapitalBop’s DC Jazz Festival shows this June, the crowds were packed-in, the music was bristling, and the air was charged. Our DC Jazz Loft Series kicked off with a Three-Piano Cutting Contest at our intimate Union Arts venue was a creative triumph and a sizzling good time, with the great Orrin Evans, Lafayette Gilchrist and Allyn Johnson facing off in sparring and support. Over the next couple days, we went on to present five more bands at two other venues: Marc Cary’s Rhodes Ahead, Butcher Brown, Tarus Mateen’s West Afro East and more, at an outdoor Block Party and the Fridge art gallery.

Check out the newly released recap video below to relive some of the energy. It’s produced and directed by CapitalBop’s house videographer and photographer, Paul Bothwell. And don’t forget—our programming can’t stop won’t stop: We’re back at Union Arts this Friday with an amazing concert, featuring Todd Marcus and Dwayne Adell (press is buzzing), and then next weekend we’re back with our monthly DC Jazz Loft on Sunday, Sep. 14.

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Giovanni is the founder of CapitalBop, and a music critic for the New York Times. He previously served as a contributor to the Washington Post, the FADER, JazzTimes, NPR Music and others, and hosted “On the Margin,” a books show on WPFW-FM. As head of CapitalBop, he has covered the D.C. jazz scene since 2010. (He is no longer directly involved in the presenting of CapitalBop's concerts.) He graduated from Tufts University with a bachelor’s degree in history, with a focus on African-American history. Reach Giovanni at editor@capitalbop.com. Read him at giovannirussonello.com or nytimes.com/by/giovanni-russonello. Follow him on Twitter at @giorussonello.

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