Alice’s Jazz and Cultural Society set to reopen

Alice’s Jazz and Cultural Society, a beloved straight-ahead jazz venue in Brookland, is set to resume operations this July, putting an end to worries that its closure amid the pandemic might become permanent.  Deandrey Howard, the proprietor and co-owner of Alice’s Jazz and Cultural Society (AJACS), said he was aiming to reopen the club in […]

D.C. jazz clubs face the future

“Will I be able to play my instrument with other people in a venue? I don’t know, and that’s really scary,” drummer Keith Butler Jr. told CapitalBop shortly after the Covid-19 pandemic began. Now, a year later, Butler’s fears seem to have been largely realized. Yes, a number of nonprofit venues that offer jazz programming […]

‘ESL: The Photo Book’ captures a unique place and time in D.C. nightlife

Editor’s note: In recognition of Jazz Appreciation Month, CapitalBop is publishing a series of articles throughout April on books that depict the history and culture of D.C. jazz. You can read the first piece in that series here, and the second here. For 25 years, Eighteenth Street Lounge stood as a major hub of nightlife in D.C. […]

Can the D.C. Council regulate street noise without harming performers?

After members of the D.C. Council re-introduced a controversial piece of legislation last month that would outlaw street performances above a certain volume, other members of the council have stepped in with a different proposal that would take much of the onus off performers, and place it on developers. Councilmembers Brianne Nadeau (D-Ward 1), Janeese […]

DC Jazz Festival plans a return to in-person shows in September

The DC Jazz Festival is aiming for a return to in-person programming this fall, including some events at the Wharf in Southwest, organizers announced this week. The festival’s leadership said it was planning to host the festival Sep. 1-5, with both virtual and, hopefully, in-person activities slated to take place. Organizers promised more than 20 […]

D.C. Council re-introduces amplified noise bill, again

Members of the D.C. Council reintroduced a controversial bill on Tuesday that would outlaw street performances above a certain volume level, drawing an outcry from many musicians and community advocates. This is the third time since 2018 that the council has considered such legislation, following attempts that year and in 2019. The Amplified Noise Amendment […]