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 [email protected] Read him at giovannirussonello.com or nytimes.com/by/giovanni-russonello. Follow him on Twitter at @giorussonello.
Luke Stewart director of presenting + avant music editor
Luke Stewart is a DC/NYC-based musician and organizer of important musical presentations. He also has a presence in the national and international professional music community. He was profiled in the Washington Post in early 2017 as “holding down the jazz scene,” selected as “Best Musical Omnivore” in the Washington City Paper’s 2017 “Best of DC,” chosen as “Jazz Artist of the Year” for 2017 in the District Now, and in the 2014 People Issue of the Washington City Paper as a “Jazz Revolutionary,” citing his multi-faceted cultural activities throughout DC. In DC his regular ensembles include experimental jazz trio Heart of the Ghost, Low Ways Quartet featuring guitarist Anthony Pirog, and experimental rock duo Blacks’ Myths. As a solo artist, he has been compiling a series of improvisational sound structures for Upright Bass and Amplifier. As a scholar/performer, he has performed and lectured at Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Medgar Evers College, George Mason University, Wayne State University, University of Montana, New Mexico State University, and the University of South Carolina. He holds a BA in International Studies and a BA in Audio Production from American University, and an MA in Arts Management and Entrepreneurship from the New School. Reach Luke at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at @lukeostewart.
Jamie Sandel managing director
Jamie is an organizer, musician and multimedia creative who manages CapitalBop’s programs and operations. He is a native of Silver Spring, MD, and returned to the D.C. area in 2018 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 [email protected] Follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @wjsandel.
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 [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at @patrickjaren.
Jackson Sinnenberg listings editor
Jackson Sinnenberg is an Associate Producer for SiriusXM and a freelance writer. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, JazzTimes, Downbeat, NPR Music, NPR.org, the Washington City Paper, On Tap/District Fray Magazine 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 [email protected] Read him at sinnenbergmusic.com. Follow him at @sinnenbergmusic.
Jana La Sorte development director
Jana La Sorte is a creative strategist who has led and/or supported development efforts for established organizations including Urban Bush Women, 651 ARTS, Harlem Stage and Bailey’s Cafe and for emerging arts organizations including Harlem Derby and Well-Read Black Girl. A former jazz musician and jazz radio DJ, she created the industry’s popular annual Ask the Experts professional development series and has worked with the DC Jazz Festival, Blues Alley, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Jazz Standard, Motema Music, Institute for Jazz Studies at Rutgers and many other global jazz organizations. A National Arts Strategies fellow, she advises arts and social impact organizations through her agency Ambassadora, consulting with clients on all aspects of their organizational growth. She teaches entrepreneurship at the undergraduate and graduate levels and is passionate about cultural and political organizing. She curates and produces jazz and culture events in her spare time. Reach her at [email protected] and follow her at www.facebook.com/askambassadora.
Lauren Honesty staff videographer
Lauren is a videographer, editor, and visual content creator. She is the Video Marketing & Production Manager for a home renovation company in the DMV. She also maintains a passion projects business and regularly creates content for non-profit organizations with a focus on music and social justice. She graduated from George Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. Follow her Instagram at @laurenhonesty.
Sadie Gronigan intern
Sadie Gronigan is CapitalBop’s new intern. She has a background in music and entertainment journalism, music composition, arts organization, and performance. Sadie is a recent graduate of Oklahoma State University, where she earned her degree in Music Industry. While pursuing her degree, she worked with The Church Studio in Tulsa, OK, co-founded OSU’s Music Industry Association, pioneered the Singer Songwriter Guild at Oklahoma State, and was a staff writer for the O’Collegian Media Group. Sadie is new to Washington D.C., and hopes to further her career in the industry through music journalism and arts management. Reach Sadie at [email protected]
Board of directors
Sara Donnelly • Maxx Myrick • Gloria Nauden • John Hedden • Theo George • Giovanni Russonello
Not pictured: Tony Haywood