* Igmar Thomas & the Cypher, with Donvonte McCoy (CapitalBop’s Traveling Loft)

October 11, 2015 @ 8:00 pm
1901 Mississippi Ave SE
Washington, DC 20020
$10 in advance, $15 at the door
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Summer has ended, but we’re keeping the heat set on high. On October 11th, CapitalBop presents Igmar Thomas & the Cypher, featuring DJ Raydar Ellis and vocalist Chris Turner. Led by a young trumpet titan, it’s one of the most exiting bands around today, with a masterful blend of hip-hop and jazz that is all its own.

With this show we’re proud to bring our Traveling Loft series to Anacostia for the first time. The concert happen in an intimate gallery space at THEARC, Ward 8’s premier music venue, located just steps from the Green Line. Opening for the Cypher will be Donvonte McCoy, an Anacostia native who’s known for his own mashup of jazz, funk, go-go and hip-hop.

Igmar Thomas has played with some of the biggest names in jazz and hip-hop, and he’s currently overseas on a tour with Ms. Lauryn Hill. He’ll get back to the States just in time to bring his stew of big band jazz and hip-hop aesthetics to D.C. Fans of acts like The Roots might just lose it upon exposure to the intense power of the Cypher, a seven-piece group that carefully gels Golden Era hip-hop and contemporary jazz into a neo-jazz sound that’s entirely of the present moment.

Earlier that afternoon, Thomas will lead a jazz and hip-hop master class aimed at middle and high school students. Click here for information.

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.