“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 CapitalBop.com and a regular contributor to JazzTimes. His work has also appeared on NPR Music, MSNBC.com, and Politico.