DC Jazz Festival and CapitalBop Announce 2013 D.C. Jazz Loft Series

Innovative 3-Night Series Returns for its 3rd Year with Major Blowout Finale

WASHINGTON, April 29, 2013 — The D.C. Jazz Loft Series, a partnership between the DC Jazz Festival (DCJF) and CapitalBop, will return this year with performances from world-renowned, boundary-pushing artists aimed at engaging the Festival’s younger, musically inquisitive audience.

The three-night series includes innovative shows at alternative DIY venues as part of the DCJF’s Jazz in the ‘Hoods presented by Events DC. All of the concerts pair famous artists from around the world with some of D.C.’s best musicians. World-renowned performers include German saxophonist Peter Brötzmann, one of the most influential free-jazz musicians on the planet, in a duo with fellow experimental eminence Joe McPhee; Gerald Cleaver, an avant-jazz drummer and composer, with his all-star quintet Black Host; and ERIMAJ and the Karriem Riggins Quartet, two groups at the fore of merging hip-hop and rock with jazz, both of whom will perform at the D.C. Jazz Loft Series Blowout Show on June 15. Local performers include Anthony Pirog, Brian Settles, Heidi Martin and Siné Qua Non.

The festival gives CapitalBop an ideal opportunity to serve its mission of outreach and jazz advocacy. In addition to taking place in nontraditional settings, the shows will mix jazz with other forms of art and entertainment. All concerts will feature temporary visual art exhibitions, and the blowout on June 15 – located at a pop-up venue in the heart of the H Street corridor – will feature four bands, a funk and soul DJ spinning between sets, local food and drink, video art projected on the walls, and vendors selling clothes and other merchandise.

“The lineup at this year’s D.C. Jazz Loft Series is probably the most dynamic that we’ve ever presented. And these acts deserve to be featured in venues that don’t just give them a place to play, but add another dimension to their gripping music,” said Giovanni Russonello, editor-in-chief of CapitalBop.com. “We’re excited to expose our audiences to these trailblazing musicians at the festival, which always gives us great support and draws a strong turnout.”

The D.C. Jazz Loft Series, now in its third year, grew out of CapitalBop’s successful monthly D.C. Jazz Loft shows, which have highlighted a wide range of area artists since 2010. Originally inspired by the popular late-night musicians’ hangouts at Manhattan lofts in the bebop and free-jazz eras, D.C. Jazz Loft concerts draw diverse audiences and demonstrate the breadth and vitality of Washington’s exciting, expanding jazz scene.

“CapitalBop’s D.C. Jazz Loft Series is an integral component of the DC Jazz Festival,” said DCJF Executive Producer Charles Fishman. “Its down-to-earth performances attract a diverse group of visitors and residents to local venues to experience unique, innovative jazz.”

Series Lineup:

Saturday, June 8 – Union Arts & Manufacturing (411 New York Avenue, NE)

Doors open at 8:30 PM (tickets)

9:00 PM Anthony Pirog Quartet

10:30 PM Peter Brötzmann & Joe McPhee Duo


Sunday, June 9 – The Fridge (516 1/2 8th Street, SE, Rear Alley)

Doors open at 8:30 PM (tickets)

9:00 PM Brian Settles & Central Union

10:30 PM Gerald Cleaver’s Black Host

Saturday, June 15 – D.C. Jazz Loft Pop-Up Hall (906 H Street, NE)

Doors open at 6:00 PM (tickets)

7:30 PM Siné Qua Non

9:00 PM Heidi Martin's Moon in Scorpio

10:30 PM ERIMAJ

12:00 AM Karriem Riggins Quartet

For ticket information, a complete schedule and more, visit www.dcjazzfest.org.

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is the official hotel sponsor of the 2013 DCJF. For travel discount information, visit www.dcjazzfest.org/hotel-and-travel.

Keep up with the DCJF:

Twitter: twitter.com/dcjazzfest
Facebook: facebook.com/dcjazzfest
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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 is set to celebrate its landmark 10th anniversary in 2014. 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 2013 DC Jazz Festival will take place June 5-16. For more information about the DC Jazz Festival and upcoming programs, visit www.dcjazzfest.org.

The DC Jazz Festival(r) is a section 501 (c)(3) non-profit service organization. The DC Jazz Festival is sponsored in part with major grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, the NEA Foundation, the Anne and Ronald Abramson Family Foundation, CrossCurrents Foundation, and by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

About CapitalBop: CapitalBop.com is a website dedicated to promoting Washington, D.C.’s vibrant, varied and surprisingly under-appreciated jazz scene. This site is designed to help everyone from novices to hardcore “bopheads” find live music that will fit their preferences on any given night. CapitalBop offers all of these features that you won’t find anywhere else:

- Comprehensive, up-to-date calendar of all the jazz going on in Washington
- List of D.C. clubs complete with maps, profiles, contact information and essentials about pricing and food
- Catalog of local jazz musicians, with their contact info
- Steady stream of coverage – written articles and multimedia – on D.C. jazz music

In addition, CapitalBop produces performances to showcase and stimulate the forward-focused creative thought that is occurring on the local jazz scene. At monthly D.C. Jazz Lofts, a variety of musicians present their music, which ranges across idioms – from acoustic to electric, bebop to free jazz. CapitalBop does not make any profit from these performances, and all proceeds go to the musicians. Connect with CapitalBop on Facebook at on.fb.me/capitalbop or Twitter at @capitalbop.

Proud major sponsors of the DC Jazz Festival, to date, include: Events DC; The Washington Post and KidsPost; ABC7/WJLA-TV and News Channel 8; Patton Boggs, LLP; Sage Communications; Hamilton Live and Clyde’s Restaurant Group; Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, the official hotel of the DC Jazz Festival; Pepsi; Bacardi USA; Destination DC; National Endowment for the Arts (NEA); the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities; TGI Fridays; the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation; LCG Systems; the Washington City Paper; Linda and Michael Sonnenreich; The Mayo Charitable Foundation; the Anne and Ronald Abramson Family Foundation; WAMU; Washington Kastles; Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP; WHUR; The Georgetowner; WPFW; DownBeat; Telemundo DC and holaciudad.com; Washington Parent; Washington Informer; Modern Luxury; Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation; CrossCurrents Foundation; Amtrak; WMATA; the NEA Foundation; and Hipnotic Records.

© 2013 DC Jazz Festival. All rights reserved.

Media Contacts:
Hannah Dolby, for DCJF
hdolby@aboutsage.com, (703) 584-5651

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