5 live jazz picks for December in D.C.

It’s a complicated time: Mayor Muriel Bowser has lifted the city’s mask mandate; Virginia re-instated one; the Omicron variant is most likely among us already; and it is the holiday season. What a mix of misery and merriment we have!  On a personal note, it’s been 638 days since I last wrote one of these […]

WATCH: The return of CB Sessions, featuring the Alex Hamburger Quartet

When Alex Hamburger played CapitalBop’s last DC Jazz Loft at Union Arts, in 2016, it was clear that she had a lot to say — and was ready to take her music on the road. Five years later, Hamburger has become a familiar face on the New York City jazz scene, and has performed extensively overseas. […]

Hillfest returns this week, with a focus on preparing musicians for a post-Covid economy

Hillfest, the annual outdoor festival and conference organized by the Capitol Hill Jazz Foundation, will return this Wednesday and Thursday after a two-year hiatus — this time solely a professional-development conference, after the coronavirus pandemic left organizers unable to plan in advance for a live-performance element. This year’s discussions will focus on helping musicians to […]

The DC Jazz Festival is back. Here’s a guide to what’s on.

The 2021 DC Jazz Festival kicks off on Wednesday at the Swedish Embassy — 18 months after D.C. first entered coronavirus lockdown and 806 days since the last time the DCJF held an in-person show. It’s a hopeful moment for jazz in the DMV, and it will be followed for the rest of the week […]

Jazz Night is back at Westminster Presbyterian Church

Westminster Presbyterian Church, known as D.C.’s “Jazz Church,” plans to resume its beloved Friday concert series, Jazz Night in D.C., starting this week. Dick Smith, an area vocalist and co-organizer of Jazz Night, announced the series’s return in a string of Facebook posts earlier this month. He wrote that the opening night band would feature […]