Giovanni Russonello on South African jazz editor and JazzTimes contributor, Giovanni Russonello talks on currents in South African Jazz, and plays the tunes.

“It was created as a redemptive force by a racially, economically marginalized community of people, and it has always had a remarkable emotional nuance to it – James Baldwin called jazz “double-edged,” and he says it has an “ironic tenacity” to it. He’s right: It’s music that thrives on both the toughness of struggle and the joy of transcendence. ” – Giovanni Russonello

Giovanni Russonello is the editor of and a regular contributor to JazzTimes. His work has also appeared on NPR Music,, and Politico.


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