Presenting Mary Halvorson and Allison Miller at the Wash. Women in Jazz Fest

The Washington Women in Jazz Festival is in its fourth year, and it’s bigger and badder than ever. At CapitalBop, we’re thrilled to be presenting two of the biggest and baddest names in jazz, at the festival’s main event on Wednesday: Mary Halvorson and Allison Miller.

The concert takes place at Union Arts, home base for CapitalBop. If you came to our D.C. Jazz Loft earlier this month, or any time in the past six months, you know what an enchanting place it is to hear music. Come out on Wednesday at 8 p.m. and hear Halvorson and Miller tear things up with a band featuring some excellent instrumentalists from D.C. and around the country. The band features Amy K. Bormet on piano, Sarah Hughes on alto saxophone, Jaimie Branch on trumpet and Karine Chapdelaine on bass.

Allison Miller. Courtesy Allison Miller

Allison Miller. Courtesy Allison Miller

Mary Halvorson’s albums have become perennial fixtures on critics’ best-of lists in recent years, and for good reason: She has a fabulously original way of redirecting the currents of sound that leave her guitar. She flows them upstream, and starts small battles between them. Her years of study with the legendary Anthony Braxton and collaborations with fellow innovators like Jason Moran and Jon Irabagon have borne fruit.

Allison Miller, meanwhile, has a powerful but flexible attack on the drums. It’s won her a place alongside a broad range of stars; she’s toured the world with everyone from the folk singer Ani DiFranco to the jazz organ master Dr. Lonnie Smith. Catch Halvorson, Miller and this special sextet on Wednesday. For more information, check the Washington Women in Jazz Festival’s schedule, or CapitalBop’s D.C. jazz calendar.



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 [email protected] Read him at or Follow him on Twitter at @giorussonello.

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