Giovanni Russonello

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03/27/13    Features

Jazz Radio 2013: Up in the Air

Technology changes and lack of funds leaves radio at a crossroads


03/23/13    Features

Ginger Baker: Wheels of Ire

A transgressive new documentary profiles the unruly drummer


02/07/13    Features

Essential Eddie Palmieri

Five albums that define the NEA Jazz Master


01/14/13    Features

Eddie Palmieri: Rebellious Perfection

Latin jazz’s greatest living bandleader reigns comfortably


12/30/12    Features

Rafiq Bhatia: Everything at Once

A guitarist finds focus and consciousness in his diverse influences

12/18/12    Concerts

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

Some bolt for the exits, others exalt


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


12/02/12    Features

Jamire Williams: Sensitive, Singular, Strong

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


11/26/12    Features

2012 Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition

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


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...


11/19/12    Features

Christian Andre Scott aTunde Adjuah: Scott Free?

The New Orleans trumpeter seeks equilibrium


09/24/12    News

Drummer Jamison Ross Wins 2012 Monk Competition

Runners-Up Are Justin Brown, Colin Stranahan


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...


09/05/12    Albums

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...


08/31/12    Features

Essential Tony Williams Albums

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


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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About Giovanni Russonello


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

Giovanni Russonello joined the JazzTimes community on Jul 12, 2011