5 live jazz picks for November in D.C.

Blues Alley is already back to presenting live music, less than a week after the club’s attic caught on fire. It resumes its previously scheduled programming on Tuesday, with violinist Dave Kline’s month-long residency kicking things off. Kline is one of a few local favorites playing the storied Georgetown club this month. Some others include […]

Through Cats’ Eyes: D.C.’s jazz scene from the lens of drummer Keith Butler

Editor’s note: There is a long tradition of jazz musicians who double as serious photographers. As dual practitioners, these artists – including legends like Milt Hinton, Oscar Peterson and Sy Johnson – capture a cultural history of jazz music from up close. They convey the intimacy of someone living the same experiences as their subjects. […]

Recovering from fire, Blues Alley aims for a quick reopening

Editor’s note, 11.1.22: Blues Alley announced on Sunday that it would reopen Monday evening, less than one week after a fire caused minor damage to the building. The first show back features violinist Dave Kline with vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Jon Carroll. A fire broke out Tuesday evening at Blues Alley, Georgetown’s beloved carriage-house jazz club. […]

Hillfest and Down in the Reeds: two free festivals to choose from this Saturday

Washington D.C. has several outdoor — and totally free — music festivals happening this weekend. Jazz and world-music fans will want to pay attention to two in particular: HillFest and Down in the Reeds, which will each offer daylong live performances and family-friendly activities on Saturday. After a hiatus from festival gatherings due to COVID, HillFest […]

5 live jazz picks for October in D.C.

At last, the summer of our discontent – like every oppressively muggy summer in D.C. – is over and we can settle into the coziness of fall.  Happy Hispanic Heritage Month to all of our Latinx musicians and readers in the area. There are quite a few ways to celebrate the occasion (including at least […]

The best D.C. jazz albums of 2022 (so far)

Summer is drawing to a close, and the fall arts season is nearly upon us. So, as concerts blossom across the city, we thought this would be a good moment to shine a light on all the great recorded music that has come out this year from D.C.-area jazz musicians. Most of these artists are […]

5 live jazz picks for September in D.C.

The running theme of this column tends to be: “There is a lot of great music happening in D.C. this month, and here’s a fraction of some of the best of it that I think you’ll enjoy.” So, bear that in mind when I say that this particular month might be the most exciting one […]

DC Jazz Festival 2022: CapitalBop’s picks

Last year the DC Jazz Festival moved its annual festivities from its usual timetable in early June to Labor Day weekend, avoiding what was then a surging Delta variant wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and allowing for higher numbers of guests to be vaccinated in time for the fest). Now that move looks permanent, as […]