Giovanni Russonello

Giovanni Russonello founder + editor-in-chief

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, improvisation studies, sound and 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. 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. Reach Jamie at Follow him at @wjsandel.
Patrick Jarenwattananon

Patrick Jarenwattananon managing editor

Patrick Jarenwattananon oversaw NPR Music’s online jazz coverage from 2009 to 2016, during which time he founded and edited A Blog Supreme, ran dozens of live concert webcasts, wrote for the site and occasionally the radio, and helped to launch Jazz Night In America, a public radio program and web video series. Under his leadership, A Blog Supreme twice won the Jazz Journalists Association’s award for blog of the year. Patrick has become proud to live in Washington, D.C. He also rides bicycles quite a lot. Reach Patrick at Follow him on Twitter at @patrickjaren.
Jackson Sinnenberg

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