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The Elliott Levin Trio jams at the D.C. Jazz Loft on Dec. 5. Kyoko Takenaka/CapitalBop

by Giovanni Russonello
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Invite a broad array of D.C.’s greatest jazz players into a cozy studio nestled in the heart of the city – free of pomp, frills or clinking glasses – to feed off each other’s energy. Everything else will take care of itself.

Or at least, that was the theory behind CapitalBop’s first D.C. Jazz Loft, which went down at Red Door on Dec. 5. From the Tri-O Trio’s (a.k.a. OOO) fiery free jazz to the swingin’ soloists in the U Street All-Stars, the whole night was proof that this city’s improvisers just need fertile ground on which to grow and thrive, and they’ll wow you. As a final recap, here are videos from each performance, plus one downloadable track from each. Enjoy!

Updated: Scroll all the way down to access the full audio playlist, via SoundCloud.

The Loft

U Street All-Stars

Elliott Levin Trio

Untitled – Elliott Levin Trio (mp3)

Matta Gawa

Bobby Muncy Quintet

OOO (Tri-O Trio)

Audio playlist

D.C. Jazz Loft 12.5.10 by CapitalBop



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    Love it. How haven’t I heard of the U Street All-Stars? I gotta get more tuned in to the DC scene!

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