Our biggest undertaking yet in the campaign to bring the world's most exciting, boundary-busting jazz to new audiences.
At CapitalBop, we've been working hard over the past two years to expose as many people in D.C. and beyond to the tremendous energy on the jazz scene here. We think that all people – young and old – deserve to be exposed to the new forms of music that are being invented every day.
That's why we’re proud to announce our return to the DC Jazz Festival for the second annual D.C. Jazz Loft Series. At three exciting shows next month, we’ll be presenting a tenacious argument for the relevance and power of contemporary jazz, and we'll be doing it at engaging, community-oriented venues. Our concerts will pair famous innovators from around the country with some of the District’s brightest stars: Marc Cary, a national figure with roots in D.C., is performing with his futurist ensemble Cosmic Indigenous; experimental bop super-trio Tarbaby (featuring Orrin Evans, Nasheet Waits and Eric Revis) and bass clarinet master Todd Marcus's nine-piece ensemble are also headlining shows.
On the series' final day, we'll carry out the biggest undertaking in CapitalBop's history: An all-day, all-night Jazz Loft MegaFest in a converted loft venue. It will include performances from four bands; visual art displays; a film screening; food and drink from top local restaurants; a pop-up shop with local vendors selling clothes and records; and a panel discussion on jazz and hip-hop.
June 1 // Todd Marcus Jazz Ensemble with D.C.'s Christie Dashiell Quartet, live at the Dunes
June 2 // Tarbaby (Orrin Evans, Nasheet Waits and Eric Revis) with D.C.'s Kris Funn & Corner Store, live at the Fridge
June 9 // Jazz Loft MegaFest, feat. Marc Cary's Cosmic Indigenous with Lenny Robinson's Mad Curious and Elijah Jamal Balbed/Tarus Mateen/Kush Abadey, live at the loft at 629 New York Ave. NW
We are Luke Stewart and Giovanni Russonello. We run CapitalBop.com, a website dedicated to promoting the city's jazz scene by providing full-press coverage and by putting on concerts. CapitalBop was named Best Jazz Website in the Washington City Paper's Best of D.C. 2011 issue. Since December 2010, we've been organizing D.C. Jazz Loft shows to spotlight this city's vast and varied jazz talent in low-frills, exciting settings. With the D.C. Jazz Loft Series at last year's DC Jazz Festival, we forged a partnership with the city's largest jazz-related nonprofit and achieved access to a greater audience than we'd ever reached before.
Video produced, directed, filmed and edited by Sarah Cowan. Background music by Tarbaby and the Todd Marcus Jazz Ensemble. Cosmic Indigenous performance video courtesy tokolopolis/YouTube.
We are asking for your donations in order to fund the following: paying the renowned musicians who are coming to D.C. from all around the country to play at the series; transporting and lodging them during their trip; buying and renting stage equipment; paying for temporary event permits from the D.C. government; and paying venue fees.