* Hip-hop/jazz Master Class: Igmar Thomas & DJ Raydar Ellis

October 11, 2015 @ 4:00 pm
Anacostia Arts Center
1231 Good Hope Rd SE
Washington, DC 20020

Igmar Thomas is a New York City-based jazz trumpeter on the rise. He’s also a major hip-hop-head, and with his band the Cypher he mixes the two genres together into a fresh brew. His partner in crime is DJ Raydar Ellis, a rapper and turntablist who also teaches hip-hop at Berklee College of Music. Thomas, Ellis and the Cypher will perform this evening at CapitalBop’s Traveling Loft–taking place at THEARC–but here they appear in a free master class for youth. Middle and high school students are especially encouraged to attend. Admission is free, but registration is suggested. Click here to register. All master class attendees get a free ticket to attend the concert at THEARC that night.

This engagement of Igmar Thomas & the Cypher is made possible through the DC Special Presenters Initiative program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

Funded in part by the D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.



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.