Giovanni Russonello

Giovanni Russonello founder + director

Giovanni is the founder of CapitalBop, and a staff editor at the New York Times. He previously hosted “On the Margin,” a books show on WPFW-FM, and served as a contributor to the Washington Post, the FADER, JazzTimes, NPR Music and others. As head 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.

Jackson Sinnenberg listings editor

Jackson is a D.C.-based writer whose work has appeared in On Tap Magazine, The Rotation, and the blog of Smithsonian Folkways Records. He previously covered the city’s music scene for WGTB, Georgetown University’s radio station, where he was a show host, writer, and columnist until May 2015. He graduated from Georgetown in May of 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in American Musical Culture. Read him at Follow him at @sinnenbergmusic.

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
Jamie Sandel

Jamie Sandel capitalbop intern

Jamie Sandel is a Silver Spring-native writer, composer and musician studying music at Amherst College. A former member of the D.C.-based Red Line Quintet and an actively gigging jazz violinist and bassist, Jamie has performed at the Telluride, Northampton and DC Jazz Festivals. He studies under the modern scene’s leading jazz violinist, Zach Brock, as well as musician-scholar Dr. Jason Robinson. Jamie has written for a number of publications and journals, including for WAMH Radio (89.3 FM Amherst), where he hosts a weekly modern jazz radio show.

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Board of directors

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