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DC Jazz Festival Announces the 7th Annual CapitalBop DC Jazz Loft Series

Release Date
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC - (April 25, 2017) - CapitalBop will present some of the most exciting musicians in jazz today at three nontraditional venues around the city at the seventh annual DC Jazz Loft Series, part of the DC Jazz Festival's Jazz in the 'Hoods presented by Events DC.


A wide range of groundbreaking sounds will be on display, from the innovative compositions and remarkable guitar playing of Mary Halvorson, appearing with her incredible octet, to the lush arrangements of master saxophonist Odean Pope's Saxophone Choir, celebrating its 40th anniversary with this concert. The jazz harp fusion innovator Brandee Younger will kick off the series with a concert featuring her trio.


The CapitalBop DC Jazz Loft Series presents a range of musicians from the cutting edge of the country's jazz scene, always on double bills featuring some of D.C.'s most creative voices.


Harpist Brandee Younger (June 9) is one of the most innovative young musicians in jazz. Her grooving, hazy music brings together a broad array of influences: from hip-hop and soul to Western classical music and famous jazz harpists like Dorothy Ashby and Alice Coltrane. With her trio, she will play a set of grooving, danceable music at the Fridge art gallery, near Eastern Market.


D.C.-based vocalist Christie Dashiell will open with a set of her own boundary-crossing original music, which has earned plaudits from and the Washington City Paper, which has twice named her D.C.'s jazz vocalist of the year. Both Younger and Dashiell were featured on the landmark Revive/Blue Note Records compilation Supreme Sonacy, Vol. 1.


Mary Halvorson (June 10) has the most distinctive guitar sound of anyone in jazz today: coiled, kinetic and engrossing, it has made her a leading figure on the jazz avant-garde. The New York Times called her "an unflinching original who has revealed new possibilities within the music," and "the most critically acclaimed jazz guitarist to emerge in" the past dozen years. She appears here with her octet, which last year released a celebrated first album, titled "Away With You."


Opening is D.C.'s own Brian Settles, an exploratory saxophonist with a rising national profile. Halvorson and Settles are both participants in today's vibrant experimental jazz scene, centered in Brooklyn, and they play in some of the same ensembles, including Tomas Fujiwara's The Hook Up and Michael Formanek's Ensemble Kolossus.


Odean Pope (June 16) is a living legend of Philadelphia's jazz scene, with a distinctive, quicksilver tenor saxophone sound that skates between gospel-inflected, straight-ahead jazz playing and unbounded expressionism. He founded the Saxophone Choir exactly 40 years ago, and CapitalBop is honored to present this storied ensemble in the final event of the 2017 DC Jazz Loft Series.


The first set will come from Reginald Cyntje, a remarkable trombonist and composer who has been called "one of the most prominent composer-bandleaders of the mid-Atlantic" by NPR Music.


Pope's set will begin shortly after the close of DC JazzFest at the Yards' free, opening-night concert. Patrons of the Yards concert will be encouraged to attend Odean Pope's set after the outdoor show ends, and they will receive discounted admission to the CapitalBop concert (so long as it has not sold out).


The performance of Odean Pope Saxophone Choir, presented in collaboration with Arts for Art, Inc. and Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, is supported, in part, by Presenter Consortium for Jazz, a program of Chamber Music America funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

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.


DC Jazz Loft Series - complete schedule (tickets now available)


Friday, June 9, 9:00 p.m.

BRANDEE YOUNGER TRIO & Christie Dashiell

at the Fridge, 516 8th Street SE (rear alley)

Doors - 8:30 p.m.

Christie Dashiell - 9:00 p.m.

Brandee Younger Trio - 10:30 p.m.


Saturday, June 10, 8:30 p.m.


at Tropicalia, 2001 14th St. NW

Doors - 8:00 p.m.

Brian Settles - 8:30 p.m.

Mary Halvorson Octet - 9:45 p.m.


Friday, June 16, 9:00 p.m.


at NYU's Abramson Family Auditorium, 1307 L St. NW 

Doors - 8:30 p.m.

Reginald Cyntje Group - 9:00 p.m.

Odean Pope's Saxophone Choir- 10:30 p.m.


The DC Jazz Festival is the largest and most diverse music festival in the nation's capital, reaching more than 65,000+ visitors of all ages each June with performances at Yards Park, The Kennedy Center, The Howard Theatre, Sixth & I, UDC/Jazz Alive, Mr. Henry's, and area clubs and restaurants. Other DC JazzFest programs include:


Events DC Presents: DC JazzFest at The Yards in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood.

By popular demand, the concert stage is back on the boardwalk at Yards Park overlooking scenic views of the Anacostia River, and a diverse marketplace.

Fri June 16     Lori Williams and Ola Onabulé (Free)


                       Kandace Springs, New Century Jazz Quintet. Tickets


                       Youngjoo Song, Sarah Elizabeth Charles & SCOPE. Tickets

The Washington Post is the official media sponsor of DC JazzFest at The Yards.


A Night at the Kennedy Center (June 12) with An Evening with PAT METHENY w/ Antonio Sanchez, Linda May Han Oh & Gwilym Simcock. Concert Hall Tickets.

Millennium Stage Series, Bass-ically Yours, includes DC's wealth of bass-playing bandleaders: the James King Band, Tommy Cecil/Billy Hart/Emmet Cohen, Herman Burney's Ministerial Alliance, Kris Funn's CornerStore, Amy Shook and the SR5tet, and Trio Vera w/Victor Dvoskin.


DC JazzFest at The Howard marks an exciting new partnership with the historic Howard Theatre.


Sat June 10 Jazz Legends Double Feature with Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Band            

                    & Ron Carter-Russell Malone Duo

Tue June 13  Hiromi & Edmar Casteñeda Duo


Jazz in the 'Hoods Presented by Events DC (June 9-18) unites DC in a citywide partnership in 21+ neighborhoods and 40+ partners. Venue partners include Twins Jazz, Dance Place, Gallery O/H, National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, Atlas Performing Arts Center, Sixth & I, the Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain, Embassy of Italy, UDC/Jazz Alive, Alice's Jazz and Cultural Society, Logan Fringe Arts Space, The Alex, Rhumba Cafe, and Mr. Henry's, & others. Tickets are currently on sale for Jane Bunnett and Maqueque, performing June 10, 8pm, at Sixth & I (600 I Street NW). Tickets available through Sixth and I Box Office.


Jazz 'n Families Fun Days (Preview Weekend, June 3-4) at The Phillips Collection celebrates jazz and the visual arts with performances from DC's finest, storytelling, meet-the-artist, an instrument petting zoo, art workshops, and more!


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