Giovanni Russonello

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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...


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...


05/07/12    Features

Esperanza Spalding: Star Time

A definitive profile of jazz's great commercial hope


04/17/12    Overdue Ovation

Butch Warren: To Hell & Back

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


03/29/12    Features

Preservation Hall Jazz Band at 50

A New Orleans institution celebrates in New York


03/20/12    Albums

Live at Smalls
Tim Ries Quintet

Throughout Tim Ries’ career, jazz has served as a useful launching pad, a touchstone. But when he leafs through modern jazz’s founding texts, the saxophonist isn’t searching for commandments or dogmas, just ideas. Before his latest release, Live at Smalls...


01/30/12    Features

Five Must-Hit Harlem Venues

Harlem is a jazz mecca again, and these are some of the hottest hotspots


01/27/12    Features

A New Day in Harlem

How a thriving community of hip-hop generation jazz musicians is reclaiming hallowed uptown ground


10/18/11    Education

Terell Stafford’s Heart of Brass

The trumpeter and educator channels his experiences into lessons


07/12/11    Concerts

Umbria Jazz 2011

Marcus Miller, Wayne Shorter, Anat Cohen and more at Italy’s greatest jazz celebration

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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