* Nasar Abadey (CapitalBop’s Hot 5 @ Hill Center)

September 20, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital
921 Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast
Washington, DC 20003

Longtime D.C. jazz luminary Nasar Abadey is a drummer, composer, bandleader, professor and mentor to many of the city’s rising stars. He writes powerful, razor-sharp originals that draw from straight-ahead jazz, Afro-Cuban and Afro-Brazilian music, modal harmonies and much more. His band, SUPERNOVA, is well known in D.C., and traveled to East Africa in 2011 as part of the U.S. State Department’s American Music Abroad Rhythm Road program. Abadey also composes for and directs large ensembles: Last year he led an 11-piece iteration of SUPERNOVA at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, and directed the 19-piece Washington Renaissance Orchestra in an acclaimed performance at the Lincoln Theatre. Abadey, who is a professor of jazz percussion at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, has performed with figures as diverse as Amiri Baraka, Dizzy Gillespie, Cyrus Chestut and Sun Ra. Abadey’s son Kush is an esteemed drummer based in New York, and performs regularly with Wallace Roney’s ensembles. This show is part of CapitalBop’s Hot 5 @ Hill Center series. It will begin with a 15-minute artist Q&A.



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.

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