* Heros Are Gang Leaders

Heroes Are Gang Leaders have their hands buried in the soil of today’s creative ferment. Gathered around esteemed poet, D.C. native and Guggenheim fellow Thomas Sayers Ellis, the group features rising tenor saxophonist James Brandon Lewis, bassist (and CapitalBop editor) Luke Stewart and various other voices. Nothing describes a show from this group except the sounds themselves.

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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 editor@capitalbop.com. Reach Giovanni at editor@capitalbop.com.