Giovanni Russonello

Giovanni Russonello founder + editor

Giovanni is the founder of CapitalBop, and a music critic who covers jazz 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 or 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.
Jamie Sandel

Jamie Sandel managing director

Jamie is an arts organizer and musician with a background in music composition and performance, writing, graphic design, and theater. In addition to his leader work as a jazz violinist/bassist, he regularly takes part in cross-genre collaborations up and down the east coast, including scoring for film and video games and performing with New York-based bands The Oshy Annas and Shower Thoughts, among others. A DMV native, Jamie recently returned to the area after some time in Massachusetts, where he assisted the Amherst College Concert Office and the Amherst Symphony Orchestra. He graduated with a degree in music from Amherst College, earning summa cum laude for his composition and we all play. Reach Jamie at
Jamie Sandel

Jackson Sinnenberg listings editor

Jackson is an Associate Producer for SiriusXM . His work has appeared in the Washington City Paper and On Tap Magazine as well as on NPR Music,, 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. He graduated from Georgetown with a bachelor’s degree in American Musical Culture. Reach Jackson at Read him at Follow him at @sinnenbergmusic.

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Board of directors

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