Giovanni Russonello

Giovanni Russonello founder + editor

Giovanni is the founder of CapitalBop, and a music critic for the New York Times. He previously served as a contributor to the Washington Post, the FADER, JazzTimes, NPR Music and others, and hosted “On the Margin,” a books show on WPFW-FM. As head of CapitalBop, he has covered the D.C. jazz scene since 2010. (He is no longer directly involved in the presenting of CapitalBop’s concerts.) 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 director of presenting + avant music editor

Luke is a multi-instrumentalist, radio producer, concert presenter and writer. In addition to more than five years of journalism and presenting work at CapitalBop, he managed the Union Arts collective for three years and currently 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
Jenna Henderson. Photo by Rose Jaffe

Jenna Henderson capitalbop intern

Jenna Henderson is a writer, songwriter, engineer and musician currently attending the University of District of Columbia with a major in English. A graduate of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts and a pianist since age 6, she has performed internationally as a keyboardist and front woman. She has studied at the Michigan State Jazz Studies department, headed by bassist Rodney Whitaker, as well as under pianist Allyn Johnson at UDC. In addition to her work at CapitalBop, Jenna interns as an engineer at WPFW 89.3 FM. Follow Jenna on Twitter at @JennaCamille.

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Board of directors

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