* Roy Ayers

February 23, 2020 @ 8:00 pm
Blues Alley
1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
DC 20007
$50 - $55 (Plus $12 Minimum and $5 Fees)

Beloved by acid-jazz fans, hip-hop heads and disco lovers alike, vocalist and vibraphonist Roy Ayers is partial to the title “King of Neo-Soul Music.” Early in his career, Ayers’ work as an experimental jazz musician found him partnering with greats like Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Hubert Laws. In the decades since, Ayers has doubled down on sultry ballads with drumbeats and synths. The influx of hip-hop-influenced jazz over the past 10 years has been something of a vindication for him. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.




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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