Daisy Castro performs tonight at Strathmore in her final performance as an artist in residence there. Courtesy Daisy Castro
At 16, Daisy Castro is already one of the most compelling improvising violinists around. She’s celebrating the end of a year in residency at Strathmore, and the release of a new CD, with a concert there. Read more>>
Help CapitalBop put on cutting-edge shows at the DC Jazz Fest, & get rewards: lessons, vinyl, more!
To put on next month’s D.C. Jazz Loft Series at the DC Jazz Fest, we’re going to need your support. Luckily, we’re offering a host of amazing rewards: signed, limited-edition vinyl, music lessons from our performers, even airtime on WPFW-FM. Read more>>
An introduction to the limitless logic of Nicole Mitchell’s Ice Crystal
Nicole Mitchell brought her risk-taking quartet, Ice Crystal, to the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival. Courtesy Graffiti Photographic/flickr
Far from the esoteric musician she’s sometimes made out to be, Nicole Mitchell operates Ice Crystal, her new quartet, by a simple ethos: Express honestly, and interact relentlessly. The master flutist recently performed in D.C. for the first time, at the Kennedy Center’s Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival. Read more>>
Tineke Postma, Holland’s rising star of the sax (INTERVIEW)
Tineke Postma performed on the opening night of the 18th annual Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival. Courtesy Tineke Postma
The Kennedy Center’s Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Series opened with a concert featuring the Dutch saxophonist and composer Tineke Postma. In this interview, the Edison Award winner discusses her emerging career and the importance of staying “in the moment.” Read more>>
Sriram Gopal’s Swing District: A First-Class Jazz Venue Comes to the ‘Burbs
The Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club opened in March and has been hosting music nightly. Courtesy Rubin Studios
The Bethesda Blues & Jazz Club, the District area’s newest venue showcasing jazz, presents music nightly. Its price tag will surely keep some listeners out, but if you can afford it the experience is top-notch: great sound, beautiful art deco architecture, and excellent food. Read more>>
Bloodsucker jazz: A quiet legend, a percussion master and a vampire movie (LIVE REVIEW)
Tatsuya Nakatani, shown in a separate performance, recently accompanied a silent movie with the multi-instrumentalist Edward Wilkerson, Jr. Courtesy ticketfly.com
On April 3 at the Freer Gallery, two masters of avant-garde music performed in support of Sanguivorous
, the first silent vampire movie by a Japanese filmmaker. Tatsuya Nakatani and Edward Wilkerson, Jr.’s music was so touching that the film all but morphed into a backdrop. Read more>>
Charles Lloyd discusses life & legacy (INTERVIEW)
Charles Lloyd performed recently at the Kennedy Center in celebration of his 75th birthday. Courtesy Dorothy Darr
Few jazz musicians have had the vision and integrity of Charles Lloyd, one of the world’s greatest saxophone players. Lloyd celebrated his 75th birthday at the Kennedy Center’s concert hall recently; beforehand, he discussed his life, lessons learned, and hope for the future of jazz. Read more>>
Reflections on a dream: ‘Holding It Down’ at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, reviewed
Mike Ladd, shown performing at Harlem Stage last September, presented “Holding It Down” in D.C. last week. Courtesy Marc Millman
In an era when the news media and the broader artistic conversation tend to avoid confronting American imperialism, Vijay Iyer and Mike Ladd’s “Holding It Down” offers an unflinching — and unforgettable — exploration of veterans’ experiences. Read more>>
The members of Thiefs discuss their fierce blend of acoustic, electric and otherworldly (INTERVIEW)
Thiefs — Christophe Panzani, Guillermo E. Brown and Keith Witty, from left — perform at Strathmore on Friday. Courtesy Matt Merewitz
Thiefs, a conceptually fascinating trio, mixes acoustic and electric elements with playfulness and energy. The band played at Strathmore recently. Here’s an interview, along with audio to stream. Read more>>
This year, the District’s jazz scene saw recordings from a number of outstanding musicians — people who range from classic crooners to experimental ambient artists, first-time leaders to studio veterans. Here you’ll find our five favorite albums from the past year. Click here to read the full Top Five post>>
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Interview | Jason Moran on the Kennedy Center’s new jazz season
Jason Moran is the Kennedy Center’s jazz adviser. Courtesy mpix46/flickr
Recently named jazz advisor Jason Moran is working to expand the center’s audience. Read more>>
Sriram Gopal’s Swing District | ‘Real’ musicians vs. part-time musicians
Joe Herrera, a full-time musician, says he sometimes feels compelled to consider getting a day job.
In his monthly Swing District column, CapitalBop’s Sriram Gopal confronts the perceived differences between full-time musicians and those with day jobs, and argues that both have to make certain sacrifices. Read more>>
Interview | Steve Coleman: An innovator for the ages
Steve Coleman, left, with Jonathan Finlayson.
In this interview, the saxophonist Steve Coleman discusses his anti-genre approach to music, and much more. Read more>>
Documentary film Oxygen for the Ears tells the story of D.C.’s historic jazz scene.
The Smithsonian is reinvigorating its Take 5! series with a focus on famous composers.
Sriram Gopal’s debut Swing District column: The universal benefits of giving jazz a chance.