Giovanni Russonello

Giovanni Russonello editor-in-chief

Giovanni is a regular contributor to the Washington Post and JazzTimes, and the host of “On the Margin,” a books show on WPFW-FM. He has written for the New York Times, NPR Music, the Atlantic online,, Politico and others. As founding editor of CapitalBop, he has covered the D.C. jazz scene since 2010 while presenting innovative live shows before thousands of attendees. He graduated from Tufts University with a bachelor’s degree in history, with a focus on African-American history. Reach Giovanni at Read him at Follow him on Twitter at @giorussonello.
Luke Stewart

Luke Stewart avant music editor

Luke is a multi-instrumentalist, radio producer, concert presenter and writer. In addition to nearly five years of journalism and presenting work at CapitalBop, he now manages the Union Arts collective and organizes frequent concerts under the title of Creative Music in DC. He plays bass in the avant-garde group OOO Trio, and in Laughing Man, and indie rock ensemble whose latest album, Be Black Baby, is out on Bad Friend Records. He hosts “Jam Session: The Vibes Edition” on WPFW-FM every Wednesday at midnight. Reach Luke at Follow him on Twitter at @lukeostewart.
Paul Bothwell

Paul Bothwell staff photographer + videographer

Paul is a multimedia artist and journalist specializing in video and photography. He has worked at CapitalBop since 2013, and serves as a photography professor at George Mason University. He received his BA in International Relations at the University of the Pacific, and his MA in New Media Photojournalism at Corcoran College of Art + Design. Reach Paul at Follow him on Instagram at paulbothwell. See his work at
Savannah Harris

Savannah Harris capitalbop intern

Savannah is a drummer and writer currently studying journalism at Howard University, where she writes the Hilltop newspaper’s “Femiknowledge” column. Growing up in Oakland, Calif., she learned drums at an early age, studying with her father Fred Harris and her step-father Khalil Shaheed. A member of the Howard University Jazz Ensemble, she has also performed independently with names such as Geri Allen and Marcus Belgrave. In 2014 she joined the world-renowned faculty at NJPAC’s All-Female Jazz Residency Week. Reach Savannah at Follower her on Twitter at @savvyknows.

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Board of directors

Sara Donnelly • Tony Haywood • John Hedden • Gloria Nauden • Giovanni Russonello