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News | D.C. Jazz Loft returns with Lyle Link, D.C. Jazz Composers Collective and Allen Jones


by Giovanni Russonello
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The D.C. Jazz Loft returns this Sunday with a fresh cast of electrifying bands. Andrew D’Angelo and Victor Provost proved a hard act to follow, but this Sunday we vest our trust in the stunning saxophonist Lyle Link, innovative D.C. Jazz Composers Collective and young drum gun Allen Jones. And of course, there will be an open jam session at the end of the show, per tradition.

As usual, the show is at the Dunes in Columbia Heights, and it’s open to all people: no age limit, no cover. We strongly suggest a $10 donation to the musicians, though, and there’s a fully stocked bar where you can buy them drinks — or, we suppose, grab one for yourself. Hope to see you all out there this Sunday night. Continue reading

News | Announcing the U St. All-Stars at Bayou, presented by CapitalBop

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by Giovanni Russonello
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Our mission with CapitalBop has always been to build something new – a wider jazz audience, a scene where musicians have more places to play that encourage innovation – while drawing on the traditions of this legendary jazz town that is D.C.

That’s why we’re especially excited to announce our concert at Bayou on Friday, Apr. 22, featuring the U St. All-Stars.

 
Dig this: Any jazzbo who was in D.C. during the 1980s and ’90s will tell you the One Step Down was the place to be. National stars came through on weekends to play at the Pennsylvania Ave. club, and on weeknights local legends like Lawrence Wheatley led jam sessions. The spot had a jukebox stacked with the great hard-bop recordings – tunes by Cannonball Adderley, John Coltrane, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. Pianist George Colligan recalls that in D.C., “the One Step was the REAL jazz club.” Continue reading

Photos of the week | 10.14-10.20

by Giovanni Russonello
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This past week has been an excellent one for jazz. The weekend was full of “tenor madness,” with J.D. Allen, Joshua Redman and Anthony Nelson visiting D.C., and local favorite Elijah Jamal Balbed making his debut as a leader at HR-57. The highlight of the weekend was probably when famous pianist Eric Lewis, a.k.a. ELEW, sat in with Balbed’s quartet on Saturday night. (Audio and video of Lewis’ appearance are coming soon in a separate post.) Tuesday also had a surprising amount of great jazz, with Marshall Allen; Mike Reed’s People, Places & Things; and Butch Warren with the Brad Linde Ensemble all playing shows. Here are a few photos from some of those performances. Continue reading

Live review | Elijah Jamal Quartet just might be D.C.’s next big thing

Saxophonist Elijah Jamal Balbed and drummer Allen Jones took chances at HR-57, and it paid off. Giovanni Russonello/CapitalBop

by Giovanni Russonello
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Take note, Washington, D.C.: The Elijah Jamal Quartet appeared last night at HR-57 in its first show ever as a group, and from the sound of things, this was the start of something very big. Sure, the famous Eric Lewis (a.k.a. ELEW) showed up for a much-anticipated and rollicking solo show at the end of the night, but it was the local band that provided the most excitement. Continue reading