* Elijah Jamal Balbed Trio

July 2, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
The Pub & People
1648 North Capitol St NW
DC 20001

Saxophonist Elijah Jamal Balbed, now a fixture of the scene, has a hard-driving and spare, metallic sound. It’s like Dexter Gordon’s and Sonny Rollins’, but he speaks in the lingua franca of present-day post-bop. He leads a trio that features a pair of younger guns on the scene: expansive bassist Steve Arnold and sweeping drummer Keith Butler Jr.



Giovanni Russonello

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Giovanni is the founder of CapitalBop, and a music critic for the New York Times. He previously served as a contributor to the Washington Post, the FADER, JazzTimes, NPR Music and others, and hosted “On the Margin,” a books show on WPFW-FM. As head of CapitalBop, he has covered the D.C. jazz scene since 2010. (He is no longer directly involved in the presenting of CapitalBop's concerts.) He graduated from Tufts University with a bachelor’s degree in history, with a focus on African-American history. Reach Giovanni at editor@capitalbop.com. Read him at giovannirussonello.com or nytimes.com/by/giovanni-russonello. Follow him on Twitter at @giorussonello.