You’ve probably read about our blowout series of loft shows at the DC Jazz Festival over the next two weeks. Well, once the dust clears from all that madness, we’re going to settle in for a relaxing evening of gorgeous music from the Reginald Cyntje Group, all carried off with his signature grace and Antillean lilt. Come out and celebrate Father’s Day with us on the beautiful lawn at Hill Center, just as the sun goes down.
This summer’s one and only Hot 5 @ Hill Center concert will take place at 5 p.m. on June 19, with two sets of music from Cyntje. As we did last year, we’ll kick things off with a Q&A between the artist and ourselves, and then his band will play two sets of original music. The fabulous Bayou restaurant, located on site at Hill Center, will be offering a dinner special: You can either buy a simple $12 ticket, or you can pay $37 to get a ticket plus a three-course dinner and a glass of wine.
Reginald Cyntje is one of D.C.’s most thoughtful and evocative musicians, and one of CapitalBop’s all-time favorites. He’s played at the DC Jazz Loft and the Jazz & Freedom Festival; we’re thrilled to have him leading his full combo at Hill Center’s beautiful outdoor stage. Here’s what we said in December, when we named his most recent album, Spiritual Awakening, one of our top five of the year:
“Cyntje pays close attention to color and control. He doesn’t dally around much with the trombone’s typical devices: the rumble, the dramatic bend, the growl. When he gets playful—as in his solo on “Awakening”—he makes his short, chortling bursts and lazily arching melodies fresh and effective, never disrupting the emotional temperature of the full piece.
“He uses the same sensitivity when writing his tunes and assembling his bands, and for Spiritual Awakening, each of those actions seems to have influenced the other—the music fits snugly to its unorthodox ensemble, and is expanded by it.”
See you on the 19th!