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CapitalBop's DC Jazz Loft featuring Ian McColm, Trae Crudup


Sunday March 10 * 7pm * $10 suggested donation

CapitalBop's monthly DC Jazz Loft, featuring small groups led by:

Ian McColm is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and visual artist whose body of work is a testament to artistic creation without boundaries: His solo projects feature textured, freely shifting electroacoustic soundscapes, while his work in live ensembles is deeply grounded and connective. McColm’s technical mastery allows him to shift swiftly from ballistic shows of force and restrained, punchy grooves. He’s played a significant part in creative music scenes in and outside of his home base of Alexandria, Va., touring with guitar duo Nagual and acclaimed free improv trio Heart of the Ghost. At the loft, he will perform with guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Mark Cisneros and saxophonist Jarrett Gilgore.

Warren G. “Trae” Crudup III is one part hometown hero, one part on-the-go touring sideman, and his stylistic palette is as broad and diverse as his gig schedule. A D.C. native, Crudup came up in the gospel tradition, and he has the powerful wrists and relentless intensity to show it — but years of gigs on D.C.’s jazz scene have given him the sensitivity to dial into whatever style he’s playing in. You might have heard him as the locomotion behind saxophonist James Brandon Lewis’s internationally acclaimed trio, or as the heartbeat of avant collective Heroes Are Gang Leaders, or as one-half of D.C.’s new progressive fusion duo Blacks’ Myths (whom you can find at the No. 2 spot on CapitalBop’s Best D.C. Jazz Albums of 2018 list). Crudup’s work as a leader is wholly distinct from those touring projects, though; his Unrehearsed band holds court every Thursday at Bin 1301 on U Street, fusing the rhythmic hip-hop sound of J. Dilla with popular R&B and jazz repertoire in what inevitably amounts to an absolute party of a jam session. (Their recent project, “Off the 6,” landed on our best albums list, too.) At the loft, he’ll play in a trio also featuring bassist Frank Javois, his right-hand man in the rhythm section of Unrehearsed, and keyboardist Noble Jolley.

The event is all-ages. And any musicians who come out are encouraged to bring their instruments; the night will end in an open jam, and anything can happen at the loft.