Bassist Luke Stewart (Full Disclosure: Capitalbop’s Director of Presenting) is a force to be reckoned with in creative and other circles outside the jazz mainstream. He is constantly seeking ways to draw new sounds out of the upright bass, making it scream and squeal and march with power and precision but fluidity.
He pairs up with vocalist Imani-Grace Cooper, a celebrated vocalist in the area, equally adept at holding it down with a go-go group, singing jazz standards or belting R&B. She’s been experimenting recently with her own group, the Big Black Band, to bring more sounds from African-American music – gospel to hip-hop – under her jazz umbrella.
The pair perform a concert that will be live streamed by the Kennedy Center in partnership with the Petworth Jazz Project and Eaton DC.