Introducing CB Sessions: Marc Cary on chasing that go-go groove

Next Friday, Marc Cary brings his danceable electric band Rhodes Ahead to the lot at 10th and Florida, for CapitalBop’s Block Party at the DC Jazz Festival.

Block Party at the Jazz Lot So we thought it was a perfect time to sit down with Marc, hear him play some music, and ask him about his formative years in go-go and how they’ve influenced him as a world-touring jazz musician.

As it happens, apparently when you get Marc Cary in a rehearsal studio in D.C., an army of old friends shows up. Within an hour, we had enough people in the room for a band. The new crew was plugged in and hitting almost immediately and filmmaker Paul Bothwell was on hand to document the whole thing. Hours later, we’d filmed so much explorative jamming that it was almost impossible to choose what to spotlight in the video below.

What we ended up capturing became the first edition of CB Sessions, a new series of videos that we will be releasing periodically of our favorite artists, featuring them making music in intimate scenarios and talking about the ideas behind their work.

If you don’t have tickets to Marc’s performance next week, get them at for an early-bird discount. Rhodes Ahead, the project that helped him win BET’s Best New Artist Award 15 years ago, is back for the first time in a long while. Cary has recorded Volume 2, set to be released next year, and this will be the live debut of the band’s current iteration. Get ready for hip-hop, house, go-go and electronic dance music to all bubble together with heavy improvising and deep groove. favicon



About Giovanni Russonello

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A co-founder of CapitalBop, Giovanni Russonello is also a music writer and critic for the New York Times. He also teaches writing as a lecturer at New York University's School of Professional Studies. 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. He graduated from Tufts University with a bachelor’s degree in history, with a focus on African-American history. Reach Giovanni at [email protected]. Read him at or Follow him on Twitter at @giorussonello.

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