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The biggest project yet in our efforts to build a younger, broader jazz audience: multifaceted shows featuring Karriem Riggins+ERIMAJ!
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At CapitalBop, we believe strongly that jazz isn't an old, faded art – it's beautiful music that stays spontaneous, alive, and engaged with the world around it. We've presented dozens of "D.C. Jazz Loft" shows over the past few years, reaching thousands of the area's listeners, and we've seen the positive effects of great improvised music: It brings people together, reminds us of our collective history, and yet encourages us to live firmly in the moment. Modern jazz is some of the most exciting, immediate music out there, and it's built around genuine interaction.

So this June, at the DC Jazz Festival, we're putting on our most ambitious series of shows yet – the 2013 D.C. Jazz Loft Series – aimed at really integrating jazz back into the creative community of D.C. We're presenting young national headliners like Karriem Riggins, ERIMAJ, and Gerald Cleaver, who are bridging the gaps between jazz, hip-hop, rock and electronic music. We're also bringing in an absolute legend, the German saxophonist Peter Brötzmann, who helped pave the way for today's avant-garde. At this series, we're working with movers and shakers in the visual art world, plus chefs and mixmasters from around D.C., to create a really immersive experience that goes beyond a typical jazz concert. And we're hosting all three concerts in nontraditional spaces, where the music and energy can flow freely.

Help us make the D.C. Jazz Loft Series a reality, and we'll prove that jazz can always continue to develop and thrive. All it needs is some support, and the kinds of resources that other musical genres already receive. Thanks for lending a hand!

Risks and challenges

We are bringing musicians from all over the country and the world, and presenting them in non-traditional venues. So the biggest risks and challenges are, inevitably, logistical: Will we be able to get the musicians here on time, without hiccups? Will the spaces be well furnished and prepared for a concert? All we can say is, the only way to avoid these snares is to secure appropriate funding. We need to be able to pay for any incidental travel and lodging costs, and we need to purchase sound equipment, seating, lighting, and other essentials.

All the money that's donated here will go directly toward these sorts of expenses, plus paying the musicians.

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    A personal thank-you from us, and your name listed on the homepage of CapitalBop.com!

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    A digital mixtape of tracks by D.C. Jazz Loft Series performers, plus the above.

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    One ticket to a CapitalBop D.C. Jazz Loft Series show on June 8 or 9, plus the above.

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    Two tickets to a CapitalBop D.C. Jazz Loft Series show on June 8 or 9, plus the mixtape and a mention on the homepage.

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    Two tickets to the D.C. Jazz Loft Series Blowout Show on June 15, featuring Karriem Riggins and ERIMAJ, plus the mixtape and a mention on the homepage.

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    A signed CD by D.C. Jazz Loft Series performer Heidi Martin – plus two tickets to any one of our three shows, the mixtape, and a mention on the homepage.

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    A signed, very-limited-edition 45" vinyl record by D.C. Jazz Loft Series performers ERIMAJ – plus two tickets to any one of our three shows, the mixtape, and a mention on the homepage.

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    A D.C. Jazz Loft Series poster signed by all the headliners – plus two tickets to any one of our three shows, the mixtape and a mention on the homepage.

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    A personal, hour-long D.C. jazz history tour of U Street for you and up to three other guests, given by the CapitalBop editorial team – plus two tickets to any one of our three shows, the mixtape and a mention on the homepage.

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    A personal music lesson with vocalist and D.C. Jazz Loft Series performer Heidi Martin – plus the signed poster, two tickets to any of our three shows, the mixtape and a mention on the homepage. Heidi can offer lessons in vocal technique; music theory; or, for the inquisitive novice, just simple jazz appreciation. (Skype lessons are doable!)

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    A personal music lesson with guitarist, loops artist and D.C. Jazz Loft Series performer Anthony Pirog – plus the signed poster, two tickets to any of our three shows, the mixtape and a mention on the homepage. Anthony can offer lessons in guitar technique; electronics; music theory; or, for the inquisitive novice, just simple jazz appreciation. (Skype lessons are doable!)

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    Thirty minutes of airtime live on WPFW-FM, D.C.'s "jazz and justice" station – plus a historic U Street jazz tour for you and up to three others, the signed poster, four tickets to any one of our three shows, your own prominent mention at the *top* of the homepage, and the mixtape.

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    JUST ADDED: A gorgeous, gallery-grade C-print of one of John Rogers' photographs from his time in D.C. Rogers is a New York-based photographer (NPR, DownBeat, Artforum) who is exhibiting a collection of D.C. jazz images at CapitalBop's June 8 performance. You'll also get a historic U Street jazz tour for you and up to three others, the signed poster, four tickets to any one of our three shows, your own prominent mention at the *top* of the homepage, and the mixtape.

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    A personal, hour-long jazz-appreciation listening session at your own home with the CapitalBop editorial board; we'll arrive with a stack of new, modern jazz CDs that you get to keep! And we'll even cook you a gourmet dinner. (As Bennie Green says, "we wanna cook" – and yes, we do know how!) We'll also give you a historic U Street jazz tour for yourself and up to three friends, the signed poster, four tickets to any one of our three shows, your own prominent mention at the *top* of the homepage, and the digital mixtape.

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