Akua Allrich catches the spirit during her performance at Twins Jazz on Saturday, June 4. Jati Lindsay/CapitalBop
by Giovanni Russonello
The DC Jazz Festival wraps up tonight with “A Night in Treme” – a Kennedy Center celebration of New Orleans jazz – as well as a few other shows around town that are part of Jazz in the ‘Hoods. This year’s festival enjoyed an even more cornucopian array than usual, with over 40 venues participating in the ‘Hoods program. The DCJF itself presented Bobby McFerrin at the Warner Theatre; a collection of performances at the Phillips Collection for Jazz n’ Families Fun Days; and yesterday’s Jazz on the National Mall blowout, featuring bands led by Eddie Palmieri and Roy Hargrove. At CapitalBop, we also joined the festivities, putting together a four-show D.C. Jazz Loft Series.
These two weeks were a good time to be a gigging jazz musician, and a great time to be a jazz fan. More thorough wrap-ups are coming on the loft series and the Mall concert, but in the meantime here’s a visual recap of some highlights from the 13-day festival.
D.C.'s Brian Settles, left, performs with New York drummer Tomas Fujiwara, right, in a D.C. Jazz Loft Series show at the Fridge on Friday, June 3. Carlyle V. Smith/CapitalBop
Piano master Cyrus Chestnut leads a quartet at Bohemian Caverns on Friday, June 3. Jati Lindsay/CapitalBop
DCJF Producer Charles Fishman introduces D.C.'s young tenor titan Elijah Jamal Balbed to the legendary Albert "Tootie" Heath during a set break at the Caverns on Friday, June 10. Jati Lindsay/CapitalBop
Integriti Reeves, left, trades the microphone with fellow vocalist Christie Dashiell, sitting in at Reeves' Twins show on Sunday, June 5. Carlyle V. Smith/CapitalBop
At the final D.C. Jazz Loft show this past Saturday, J.D. Allen leads his trio in a set that burned down the already-sweltering Subterranean A space. Carlyle V. Smith/CapitalBop
Bobby McFerrin acknowledges the crowd after his June 11 performance at the Warner Theatre with Howard University's Afro Blue Reunion Choir. Jati Lindsay/CapitalBop
French harmonica player Frédéric Yonnet juices up the crowd during his set on the National Mall yesterday. Giovanni Russonello/CapitalBop