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CapitalBop DC Jazz Loft Series

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Friday, June 8, 9:00 p.m.
at Union Stage, 740 Water Street, SW
Doors - 7:00 p.m. | Opening Set by Discipline 99 / Bushmeat

OG Lullabies - 9:00 p.m.
Jaimie Branch's Fly or Die - 10:00 p.m.


General Admission - $15.00 (+ fees) | $20.00 at the Door

Jaimie Branch is a trumpet player living in Red Hook, Brooklyn, but her heart still lies in Chicago. She developed amongst the titans of the music scene there before spending a short stint in Baltimore, where she studied with the master trumpeter Dave Ballou. Now in New York, she has emerged as one of the more exciting band leaders in the jazz scene today. Her group Fly or Die released its debut album last year, garnering a huge sweep of critical praise. International Anthem, the Chicago independent label that released the album, calls Fly or Die "a dynamic 35-minute ride that dares listeners to open their minds to music that knows no genre, no gender, no limits."

Branch's band here features Jaimie Branch on trumpet, Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello, Jason Ajemian on bass and Chad Taylor on drums.

OG Lullabies is a virtuoso multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, singer/songwriter and educator based in D.C. She's become part of the city's exciting underground community of future-thinking musicians; we're very excited to present her in solo performance on a CapitalBop stage for the first time.

Saturday, June 9, 9:00 p.m.
at Local 16, 1602 U Street, NW
Doors + DJ John Murph set - 8:00 p.m.
Udobi - 9:00 p.m.
Jeff Parker Quartet - 10:00 p.m.


General Admission - $15.00 (+ fees) | $20.00 at the Door

Jeff Parker released a critically lauded album The New Breed in 2016, and we’ve been working hard ever since to get him over here for the D.C. debut of his quartet. The vibe evoked on the album — deep-funky-yet-cerebral guitar jams in a juke joint — is just what we hope to capture at Local 16′s unique space on U Street. But Parker is a musical chameleon. In addition to being a seminal member of the legendary Tortoise, he has led and collaborated with many groups in the Chicago jazz community, from members of the AACM to Ken Vandermark. Who knows what might happen at the festival.Parker will be joined by Josh Johnson on saxophone, Paul Bryan on electric bass and Makaya McCraven on drums.

Udobi is an exciting new ensemble led by Hope Udobi. The pianist has been blazing his own trails on the D.C. scene for more than a decade; he played at CapitalBop’s very first DC Jazz Loft, and has been a familiar face on our stages ever since — as a leader and a sideman. Throughout his time in D.C. he’s assembled a collection of original songs and arrangements, which he’ll be showcasing here.


Sunday, June 10, 7:30 p.m.
at Local 16, 1602 U Street, NW
Q&A with Oliver Lake (free and open to the public) - 6:00 p.m.

Doors - 7:00 p.m.
Janel Leppin's Volcanic Ash - 7:30 p.m.
Oliver Lake Big Band - 9:00 p.m.


General Admission - $15.00 (+ fees) | $20.00 at the Door

Oliver Lake is one of the most widely respected musicians in the world today. He was a founding member of the influential Black Artists’ Group (BAG) in the late 1960s and early ’70s. Since then he has forged a body of work that firmly cements his legacy as a true master of the music. His remarkable career encompasses a central role in the World Saxophone Quartet, a constant stream of remarkable solo recordings and performances, and continuing explorations as a composer, improviser, poet and visual artist. Probably his most ambitious musical project is his Big Band, featuring a handful of the leading improvisers of our time — including the saxophonist Darius Jones and the trumpeter Josh Evans.

CapitalBop is honored to present this special concert in the 50th anniversary year of BAG’s founding, as part of a consortium of presenters including the Vision Festival in New York City and the Painted Bride in Philadelphia. This engagement of the Oliver Lake Big Band is made possible through the ArtsCONNECT program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Janel Leppin has come to be known as one of the most exciting performers in the D.C. area, and her group Volcanic Ash is perhaps her boldest expression, an expansion of her starkly affecting music for a large ensemble.


The CapitalBop DC Jazz Loft Series is funded in part by the D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.
About CapitalBop: CapitalBop, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving, promoting and presenting jazz in Washington, D.C. We build audiences in order to build community around this music, because it's important to the city's historic identity, but also ever-changing and contemporary. is designed to help everyone from newcomers to jazz die-hards find live music that will fit their preferences.
CapitalBop's loft concerts, festivals and educational events have reached thousands across D.C., always bringing together diverse audiences. Our efforts receive regular grant support from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation and Chamber Music America.

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