CapitalBop’s artist residency returns with Amy Bormet’s AMYANA

Before the pandemic, CapitalBop’s Spotlight Residency was a monthly showcase of D.C.’s most innovative bandleaders, presenting two nights of their music at Local 16 on U Street. As luck would have it, we had planned to take March 2020 off, and to resume with an April presentation of AmyAna, a band fronted by D.C. pianist […]

We’re hiring

The CapitalBop team is happy to announce that we are hiring our first-ever Executive Director. We’re heading into an exciting new chapter for our organization — and for the D.C. music scene overall — and this new team member will be at the helm. Anyone in our community with experience in nonprofit management and arts administration, a […]

Jazz is returning to the Kennedy Center’s Club at Studio K

Nearly two years since the Covid-19 pandemic first swept through the country, the Kennedy Center is finally reactivating the Club at Studio K — which means the return of consistent jazz programming to D.C.’s most illustrious venue. The Club at Studio K opened in its present form shortly before the coronavirus pandemic, so its first run […]

Announcing the 7th Annual Jazz & Freedom Festival, a day of live music & activism benefiting Harriet’s Wildest Dreams

Even before the #DontMuteDC movement sprang up in 2019, music and activism had long gone hand-in-hand in Washington, D.C. You could say that together they represent the full spectrum of the freedom struggle: joys, frustrations and the work still to be done. Today, with the coronavirus in retreat and a mayoral campaign just getting underway, […]

Best D.C. Jazz Albums of 2021

This has been a tough year, with just a few false starts of hope sprinkled in. We’re ending it much the same as we began: mostly in isolation, unsure of what’s to come. But throughout all of the difficulties we’ve continued to rely upon each other, especially on the D.C. music scene, where we’ve grieved […]

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. […]