The DCJF and CapitalBop present the D.C. Jazz Loft Series /// Finale Show
About JD Allen
Tenor saxophonist JD Allen was among those named "Rising Star" in DownBeat's 2010, 2009 and 2008 Critics' Poll and "Best New Artist" in the JazzTimes 2006 Readers' Poll. His albums have been featured on annual best-of lists in over 25 publications worldwide, including NPR’s Top 5 Albums of 2009, JazzTimes' Top 50 Albums of 2009, Village Voice's #9 Jazz Album of the Year and the Boston Globe's Top Jazz Album of the Year, 2009.
"A tenor saxophonist with an enigmatic, elegant and hard-driving style" (New York Times), JD Allen is a bright rising light on today’s international jazz scene. His unique and compelling voice on the instrument – the result of a patient and painstaking confrontation with the fundamentals of the art – has recently earned Allen a blaze of critical attention signaling his ascension to the upper ranks of the contemporary jazz world.
Allen’s latest trio release, VICTORY!, (Sunnyside), was featured on NPRMusic's popular "First Listen" before its release on May 17, 2011.
About Elijah Jamal Balbed
Since being named D.C.'s Best New Jazz Musician by the Washington City Paper last year, Elijah Jamal Balbed has become more than a fresh face on the District's jazz scene – he's become a leader. His late-night jam sessions every Saturday night at Utopia on U Street have become some of the most creative affairs in the city, and he often pulls top talent from D.C. and New York into the fold. At just 21 years old, this tenor titan in the mold of Dexter Gordon and Sonny Rollins (and perhaps JD Allen?) is making big waves in D.C. Catch him here with an all-star lineup of D.C. and New York cats.
When & Where
CapitalBop is dedicated to presenting live, innovative 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. CapitalBop.com is designed to help everyone from newcomers to jazz die-hards find live music that will fit their preferences. Our D.C. Jazz Lofts and other shows reach diverse audiences and present jazz in nontraditional, outside-the-box scenarios.