5 live jazz picks for May in D.C.

Before the coronavirus pandemic, it was pretty easy to predict what venue a band might be playing at, and many jazz musicians had long-established allegiances to certain rooms. That’s still true, but so far it’s looking like one exciting post-lockdown development is that the formulas are getting scrambled a bit. Many acts — both local […]

What to see at this week’s 12th annual Washington Women in Jazz Festival

The Washington Women in Jazz Festival was one of the first major cancellations to hit the D.C. jazz scene in March 2020, starting what became a tidal wave of silence across the District and the country. Last year, the WWJF went all-virtual, helping to prove that large-scale, grassroots music events could pull off the transition […]

5 live jazz picks for (the rest of) March in D.C.

This month marks two years since the COVID-19 pandemic hit full-bore in the District. But looking at the amount of great music being made in all sorts of venues around the city this March, it’s remarkable how strongly the D.C. jazz scene has rebounded. We’re late getting this month’s five-jazz-picks column posted, but there’s still plenty […]

CapitalBop presents Simone Baron’s “genre-fluid” chamber ensemble, Arco Belo, in two shows this Sunday and Monday

occupy our dreamscapes!resist oppressive specificity !free the space on the margins! Those three lines from Simone Baron’s “ruin manifesto” provide some insight into the strikingly unique sound of her chamber ensemble, Arco Belo. The format of the group is a blend of traditional Western classical piano quartet with a jazz combo, but more unusual still […]