Giovanni Russonello

Giovanni’s Contributions

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12/18/12    Concerts

Concert: Anthony Braxton at Kennedy Center, Washington DC, 12-15-12

Some bolt for the exits, others exalt

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12/10/12    Education

Jason Moran: "To Connect to Every Moment"

In his music and teaching, the pianist advances a uniquely thorough—and accessible—vision

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12/02/12    Features

Jamire Williams: Sensitive, Singular, Strong

The emergence of a promising young drummer and his group, ERIMAJ

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11/26/12    Features

2012 Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition

In walked beats: drummers battle it out for prestigious jazz award

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11/24/12    Albums

Organic Music Society
Don Cherry

On Ornette Coleman’s early sides as a leader, his trumpeter and principal cohort, Don Cherry, allowed experimentalism to air itself out while keeping a leg knee-deep in blues and bebop phrasing. Cherry always seemed more comfortable than Coleman with explicitly...

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11/19/12    Features

Christian Andre Scott aTunde Adjuah: Scott Free?

The New Orleans trumpeter seeks equilibrium

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09/24/12    News

Drummer Jamison Ross Wins 2012 Monk Competition

Runners-Up Are Justin Brown, Colin Stranahan

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09/23/12    Albums

The Duality Perspective
Ralph Peterson

Drummer Ralph Peterson was one of Art Blakey’s last protégés, and he seems to have drawn a lot from his mentor: a gregarious comfort in the leader’s position; a flaying mastery that drives his bands without flagging, even if that sometimes means privileging...

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09/05/12    Albums

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Miguel Zenón and Laurent Coq

The alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón won a MacArthur Fellowship in 2008 in part because he is enamored with discursive ideas, ways that music can interact beyond its own boundaries but still embody itself fully. As a spoken language—with conversation, interruption...

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08/31/12    Features

Essential Tony Williams Albums

A glimpse at the five Tony Williams albums with tunes covered on Spectrum Road

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08/30/12    Features

Spectrum Road: The Role of a Lifetime

A certified supergroup featuring Vernon Reid, John Medeski, Jack Bruce and Cindy Blackman Santana

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07/08/12    Albums

Initial Here
Linda Oh

On bassist Linda Oh’s latest record, Initial Here , you’ll find a host of mind-bending surprises and taut, 90-degree turns. But this album, her second, holds together well—better than 2009’s Entry , her buzzed-about but impetuous debut. Initial Here finds...

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07/07/12    Albums

Blue Moon: The New York Session
Ahmad Jamal

Since the 1950s, Ahmad Jamal has been coaxing jazz standards onto the dance floor. Taking his time, noting a song’s curves and the rhythm of its step, he builds a simple, pulsing phrase in the left hand with all the circular motion of a swaying hip. Then...

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05/07/12    Features

Esperanza Spalding: Star Time

A definitive profile of jazz's great commercial hope

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04/17/12    Overdue Ovation

Butch Warren: To Hell & Back

After a life of struggle, the D.C. bass great pulls no punches

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03/29/12    Features

Preservation Hall Jazz Band at 50

A New Orleans institution celebrates in New York

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About Giovanni Russonello

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Giovanni Russonello is a regular contributor to JazzTimes and the editor of CapitalBop.com, a website that covers and promotes the D.C. jazz scene. He has written investigative news articles for MSNBC.com and Politico, and has contributed to NPR Music, ABCNews.com and others. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Giovanni Russonello joined the JazzTimes community on Jul 12, 2011