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What's up with jazz and blues

In the 1960s, the Left Bank Jazz Society was responsible for bringing some of the biggest names in jazz to Baltimore while promoting such great local musicians as tenor saxophonist Mickey Fields. Many of these shows were recorded. A small number have been digitized, and a smaller number have crystal-clear sound quality-including a Jan. 9, 1966 show featuring Fields and four other Baltimore jazz legends. Snag a piece of local jazz history at the Caton Castle on Oct. 27, when the Baltimore Jazz Alliance and the Left Bank release an album recording of that 1966 hometown all-stars show.

DC DIT #16: CapitalBop

Jazz has an incredibly storied history in DC, and CapitalBop’s Gio Russonello and Luke Stewart are playing a big part in helping it continue to grow. In celebration of this weekend’s DC Jazz Fest and Capitalbop’s Jazz Loft Series, I interviewed them to get some perspective on their work with CaptialBop, the nature of jazz, jazz’s role in DC, and how jazz continues to be such a vital American art form.