Mark G. Meadows, ‘Be The Change’ EP: anthems for introspection

Mark G. Meadows is no stranger to empowerment anthems; they were the cornerstone of his last album To The People, CapitalBop’s No. 2 album of 2016. Be The Change, the pianist and vocalist’s new EP released last week, features several numbers in that same inspirational spirit, and the accompanying music is built of the same […]

Keith Butler and Abe Mamet bring fresh ideas to the DC Jazz Loft

After a month of big shows, it’s time for CapitalBop to get back to our roots. The July DC Jazz Loft will feature two fresh — but increasingly well respected — faces on the scene: drummer Keith Butler and hornist Abe Mamet. Each is bringing a trio and an off-the-beaten-track musical vision of his own. […]

5 July D.C. jazz picks

It was intensely gratifying to see D.C. musicians, fans and other folks in the music ecosystem supporting each other at the DC Jazz Festival, whether at familiar haunts throughout the city or out in the summer breezes at The Wharf. Luckily, the high of the annual festival need not wear off: Plenty of exciting things […]

Empirical, a cutting-edge U.K. jazz quartet, plays D.C. on Sunday

The British jazz quartet Empirical began an odyssey of unconventional public performances in early 2015 with a six-day residency at a bookstore in London. Those six short (and free) sets, only an hour each, were intended to publicly workshop ideas for a new album, but eventually began to draw rapt onlookers by the hundreds. The […]

Jon Batiste teases songs from next album at DC JazzFest

Jon Batiste unveiled some unreleased music on Saturday night during his DC Jazz Festival show at The Anthem. The 32-year old star pianist, whose group Stay Human is the house band on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, played three songs from a forthcoming album, to be titled Anatomy of Angels. The LP was recorded […]