Snarky Puppy / José James

June 14, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
The Anthem
901 Wharf St SW
DC 20024
$49 GA, $125 and Up for VIP

Snarky Puppy is one of jazz’s latest crossover sensations, making music with a rock ‘n’ roll mordancy and a neo-soul lag.

Opening for Snarky Puppy is José James. He could be a vastly respected straight-ahead jazz singer, if he chose that route. To some listeners, this is an important measure. But as his small catalog of records indicates, James wants to know about the mystery and undefined romance that unify slow-burning soul, left-field hip-hop, and modern jazz. There’s Marvin Gaye, Maxwell, Gil Scott-Heron and Nina Simone in his singing.



Giovanni Russonello

About 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 Read him at or Follow him on Twitter at @giorussonello.