News | The D.C. Jazz Loft returns this Sunday, with sounds both straight-ahead and far-out

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by Giovanni Russonello

This coming Sunday, Oct. 9, is the second of the month – and that means another D.C. Jazz Loft. The lineup this time includes a wide array of musicians, with all manner of sounds for your aural appreciation: Afrocentric soul jazz, straight-ahead swinging and experimental electronic improvisation. Come ring in this blustery, damp autumn by packing into warm and cozy Red Door with friends and musical masterminds. You know the drill: Doors open at 7 p.m., and the music will be going on all night. It’s BYOB, and a $10 donation is suggested.

We’ve only got a few more left before the D.C. Jazz Loft will be forced to relocate, so come and make the most before they pave paradise and put up a condo plot.


Singer Akua Allrich recently performed a couple of tribute shows at Bohemian Caverns to the activist vocal legends Nina Simone and Miriam Makeba. She packed her renditions with all the wisdom and impatience that the revolutionary songs deserved, but also gave them a personal touch. Her growling grace and spirited vocal improvisations make Allrich one of D.C.’s absolute must-see performers. She’ll be joined at the loft by a back-to-basics combo featuring the magnificent Kris Funn on bass and Agyei Osei Akoto Hargrove on conga drums. (Check out a video of Allrich’s performance at the DC Jazz Festival below, featuring a killer solo by Funn.)


Herman Burney is the prototypical jazz bassist: well respected by his peers and crucial to the sound of every band he plays in, but soft-spoken and generally unknown to the average music fan around town. Don’t let his peaceful nature fool you, Burney is a powerful bassist with an exciting sense of melody and rhythm. He’s never overpowering, but always engrossing – which makes Reginald Cyntje a logical business partner. Cyntje, a trombonist who has played many a well-received show at the D.C. Jazz Loft, was on Burney’s album, Offering, released this year. (Look for an upcoming review on CapitalBop.) The pair will play in an intimate duo setting.


Experimental guitarist Anthony Pirog’s projects range far and wide. He’s spent time performing straight-ahead jazz originals with the Bobby Muncy Quintet, ambient sound experiments as a member of the duo Janel and Anthony, and indie hard rock with Skysaw (a band led by former Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin). He recently made waves at Silver Spring’s Veteran’s Plaza by leading 22 musicians in a 55-minute performance of Terry Riley’s famous “In C,” the composition credited with launching minimalism. Pirog will perform at the loft with a small combo.


As is loft protocol, the night will end in a free jazz jam. Some of the performers will stick around, and any musicians who can attend are invited to bring their instruments. We look forward to seeing you there!



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