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Our biggest undertaking yet in the campaign to bring the world's most exciting, boundary-busting jazz to new audiences.

THE IDEA

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.

THE SHOWS

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

THE TEAM

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.

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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.

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  • 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.

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    THANKS // A thank-you on the CapitalBop homepage.

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    MIXTAPE // A digital mixtape featuring songs (including some live and unreleased tracks) from all major performers in the D.C. Jazz Loft Series, plus a thank-you on CapitalBop.

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    A PAIR // Two tickets to a double-bill show (June 1 or 2) at CapitalBop's D.C. Jazz Loft Series, plus the mixtape and a thank-you on CapitalBop.

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    PREMIUM PAIR // Two tickets to the Jazz Loft MegaFest on June 9 – our culminating event at the D.C. Jazz Loft Series – plus the mixtape and thank-you.

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    TODD MARCUS PACKAGE // A signed new CD by the Todd Marcus Jazz Ensemble, plus two tickets to the band's performance on June 1, the mixtape and a thank-you on CapitalBop.

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    TARBABY PACKAGE // A signed new CD by Orrin Evans, plus two tickets to his performance with Tarbaby on June 2, the mixtape and a thank-you on CapitalBop

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    MEGAFEST PACKAGE // A signed new CD by Marc Cary, plus two tickets to the Jazz Loft MegaFest on June 9, the mixtape and a thank-you on CapitalBop.

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    ALL-ACCESS PASS // Two full passes to the D.C. Jazz Loft Series (shows on June 1 and 2, and the Jazz Loft MegaFest on June 9), plus the mixtape and a thank-you on CapitalBop.

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    SIGNED POSTER // A D.C. Jazz Loft Series poster signed by all the headliners, plus two full passes to the series, the mixtape and a thank-you on CapitalBop.

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    DAVID SANCHEZ TIX // Two tickets to saxophone star David Sánchez's DCJF performance on June 3 at the Hamilton, D.C.'s newest listening room. You'll also receive two full passes to the D.C. Jazz Loft Series, the mixtape and a personal thank-you at the top of CapitalBop.com.

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    BEN WILLIAMS TIX // Two tickets to bass innovator and Monk Competition winner Ben Williams's DCJF performance on June 4 at the Hamilton. You'll also receive two full passes to the D.C. Jazz Loft Series, the mixtape and a personal thank-you at the top of CapitalBop.com.

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    MONTY ALEXANDER TIX // Two tickets to Jamaican piano legend Monty Alexander's DCJF performance at the Hamilton at 10 p.m. on June 9. plus two full passes to the D.C. Jazz Loft Series. You'll also receive two full passes to the D.C. Jazz Loft Series, the mixtape and a personal thank-you at the top of CapitalBop.com.

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    PERSONAL LESSON // A personal lesson from D.C. Jazz Loft Series headliner Todd Marcus (beginner, intermediate or advanced -- in bass clarinet performance, general jazz theory, or just jazz appreciation). You'll also receive two full passes to the series, the mixtape and a thank-you on CapitalBop.

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    VIP STATUS // Be CapitalBop's personal guest to the DC Jazz Festival's VIP opening reception and gala at the Hamilton on June 1, including an exclusive performance by Randy Weston. You'll also receive two full passes to the D.C. Jazz Loft Series, the mixtape and a thank-you on CapitalBop.

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    DISC JOCKEY // Be a guest DJ for a full half-hour on WPFW-FM, Washington's jazz station. You'll have a nighttime slot on a Wednesday. Your airtime will be taped and sent to you for posterity on CD and MP3. You'll also receive four (4!) full passes to the D.C. Jazz Loft Series, the mixtape and a personal thank-you at the very top of CapitalBop.com.

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