A new vocal jazz concert series arrives in Capitol Hill every month

A seasoned accompanist of jazz singers is launching a new, monthly series of vocal jazz in Capitol Hill. Pianist Chris Grasso is curating a different prominent area vocalist to appear at Mr. Henry’s (6th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. SE) on the third Friday of each month. Kicking off the series this Friday is vocalist Lena […]

Melissa Aldana has burgeoning ‘Visions’ for her quartet

Melissa Aldana’s 2019 album Visions represents a new horizon for the tenor saxophonist. The 31-year-old, winner of the 2013 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, had been best known up until then for her ferocious, lean playing in trios, especially her Crash Trio with fellow Chilean Pablo Menares on bass and Cuban drummer Francisco Mela. Growing […]

Columbia Station closes longtime location; music programming moves next door

Without much fanfare, or apparently much prelude, Columbia Station closed last week.  The Adams Morgan restaurant and bar hosted jazz in Washington, D.C. for over 20 years, and provided weekly gigs for many cherished artists, including the late, great Butch Warren. Its jam sessions, presided over by pianist Peter Edelman, have been as popular as […]

5 jazz picks for February in D.C.

You can celebrate Valentine’s Day with jazz at many shows next week — including CapitalBop’s presentation of trumpeter Marquis Hill and his new Love Tape project. Other good options include bluesy, swinging crooner Aaron Myers’ takeover of JoJo Restaurant on Feb. 14 and the iconic neo-soul belter Bilal, who plays the Kennedy Center’s Studio K […]

Our special Valentine’s Day presentation of Marquis Hill’s ‘Love Tape’

Musicians like to talk about love, and in jazz it’s no exception. Whether your favorite artists play music with text or just instrumentals, chances are you’ve heard them express their thoughts on that all-encompassing human emotion. And more often than not, those thoughts are expressed simply: “Listen to me” and its corollary, “I love you.” […]

5 jazz picks for January in D.C.

Happy New Year! Lots of great music is happening in the District in the third decade of the millennium, and CapitalBop officially celebrates its 10-year anniversary later this year. We’re looking forward to telling you all about that later — but there’s plenty of great jazz and improvised music to catch right now. In recent […]
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