On Sunday, Jan. 19 — the day before Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day — CapitalBop will be hosting this year’s Jazz and Freedom Festival, an all-day musical celebration and benefit, to help raise awareness and funds on behalf of organizations fighting for immigrant rights right here in our DMV community.
The festival is co-presented by CapitalBop, Shannon Gunn and Eaton Hotels, and will benefit the ICE Out of DC coalition. The concert features poetry by poet and community advocate Claudia Rojas and a full program of music by bass clarinetist Todd Marcus, guitarist Cristian Perez, drummer Angel Bethea and the Jazz and Freedom Octet (a pickup group of D.C. jazz heavyweights organized by Gunn, a respected trombonist and composer). It will take place at the Eaton, 1201 K St NW, Washington DC 20005.
Each year, the festival gathers members of D.C.’s overlapping communities of artists, activists and audiences for a day of music and conversation around a different social justice issue. It also operates as a benefit for a community organization doing activist work in the DMV: Empower DC in 2015, Black Lives Matter DMV in 2016, WPFW 89.3 FM in 2017, and the Capitol Hill Jazz Foundation in 2019.
On Jan. 19, doors open at 3 p.m. We will host a panel discussion with representatives from ICE Out of DC and special guests at 3:30 p.m., followed by a performance by the Jazz and Freedom Octet (a group of D.C. jazz heavyweights organized by Gunn) at 4:30, a trio led by drummer Angel Bethea at 5:30, and a quartet led by guitarist Cristian Perez at 6:30. At 7:30, poet and community advocate Claudia Rojas will recite her work. At 8:15, star clarinetist Todd Marcus will lead his trio in a set of music. The night will conclude with an open jam session. Breaks in the program will be complemented by short pieces by Rojas and short announcements by CapitalBop staff and members of the ICE Out of DC coalition.
3:00 p.m. Doors open
3:30 p.m. Panel discussion with ICE Out of DC
4:30 p.m. The Jazz and Freedom Octet
5:30 p.m. Angel Bethea Trio
6:30 p.m. Cristian Perez Quartet
7:30 p.m. Poet and community advocate Claudia Rojas
8:15 p.m. Todd Marcus Trio
9:15 p.m. Jam Session, open to the public