Gio Russonello

Giovanni Russonello is a music critic and journalist who covers jazz and improvised music as well as electoral politics for the New York Times.

He’s also the founding editor of CapitalBop, a publication and presenting organization serving the Washington, D.C. jazz scene. He is a 2021 fellow in the Logan Nonfiction Program.

His writing has appeared in the Washington Post, the Atlantic, NPR Music, JazzTimes, The FADER, DownBeat and others. For more than two years he hosted “On the Margin,” a weekly books show on WPFW-FM in Washington, D.C. 

He has delivered lectures on the intersection of music and politics at Paul Valéry University in Montpellier, France; as the 2019 critic in residence at the Ace Hotel New Orleans; and elsewhere. He graduated from Tufts University with a bachelor’s degree in history, with a focus on African-American history.