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DC Jazz Festival and CapitalBop Announce 2014 D.C. Jazz Loft Series

Release Date
Wednesday, May 7, 2014

WASHINGTON, May 7, 2014 — Now in its fourth year, CapitalBop’s D.C. Jazz Loft Series at the DC Jazz Festival® (DCJF) will present its most ambitious programming yet—three nights of cutting-edge music including a three-piano “cutting contest,” an all-evening Block Party and more.

The series, which will take place June 26-28, is part of the DCJF’s Jazz in the ‘Hoods presented by Events DC. On the first night, influential Philadelphia and New York-based pianist Orrin Evans will face off against Lafayette Gilchrist and Allyn Johnson in a “cutting contest” based on the informal, late-night competitions where piano greats such as Duke Ellington and James P. Johnson earned their earliest bragging rights.

The blowout Block Party held on June 27 will feature three hip-hop and soul-influenced jazz bands with national followings including Marc Cary’s Rhodes Ahead, Butcher Brown and the Braxton Cook Quartet. Young saxophonist Matana Roberts will conclude the series with her avant-garde chamber ensemble, COIN COIN, and opening act Tarus Mateen Quartet at The Fridge.

As in years past, all D.C. Jazz Loft Series shows will offer dynamic, immersive experiences involving attractions that go beyond the music. All performances will be surrounded by exhibitions featuring local visual artists. The Block Party will have gourmet food and drink, merchandise vendors and more.

“All the musicians we’re presenting at this year’s series apply the tradition of jazz to modern experience, which is why we’ve chosen to highlight them—they speak to the current generation,” said Giovanni Russonello, editor-in-chief of CapitalBop and a lead curator of the series. “These talented artists don’t often have the opportunity to perform for young audiences in a city like D.C.—even though that’s largely who their music speaks to.” 

Originally inspired by the popular late-night musicians’ hangouts at Manhattan lofts in the bebop and free-jazz eras, CapitalBop’s D.C. Jazz Loft concerts draw diverse audiences and portray the breadth and vivacity of Washington’s expanding jazz scene.

“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with CapitalBop for the fourth year in a row—this series is a fan favorite of the Festival,” said Sunny Sumter, DCJF Executive Director. “The D.C. Jazz Loft Series is unique because it offers audiences eclectic jazz along with exhibitions, gourmet food and more in nontraditional settings throughout the city.”

Series Lineup:

Thursday, June 26 – Union Arts & Manufacturing (411 New York Ave, NE)

Doors open at 8:00 PM (tickets)

8:30 PM          Three-Piano Cutting Contest featuring Orrin Evans

                        (with Lafayette Gilchrist & Allyn Johnson)

Friday, June 27 – D.C. Jazz Lot (945 Florida Ave, NW)


4:00-7:00 PM  Happy hour drink discounts (free admission to this portion)

8:00 PM          Braxton Cook Quartet

9:30 PM          Butcher Brown

11:00 PM        Marc Cary’s Rhodes Ahead

Saturday, June 28 – The Fridge (516 8th Street, SE)

Doors open at 8:00 PM (tickets)

8:30 PM          Tarus Mateen Quartet

10:00 PM        Matana Roberts COIN COIN

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About the DC Jazz Festival: With more than 125 performances in nearly 60 venues, the DC Jazz Festival® (DCJF) is one of the largest music festivals in the country. A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the DCJF has experienced spectacular year-by-year growth, and celebrated its landmark 11th anniversary this year. As the fastest-growing jazz festival in the U.S., the DCJF celebrates America’s unique original art form during this international event that attracts jazz lovers from around the world to the nation’s capital. The DCJF also presents year-round programs with performances featuring local, nationally and internationally acclaimed artists. The DCJF's mission is to promote music, particularly jazz, education programs and actively support community outreach to expand and diversify its audience of jazz enthusiasts. The 2015 DCJF will take place June 10-16. For more information about the DCJF and upcoming programs, visit

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