CRITIC IN RESIDENCE: Giovanni Russonello with George Wein and Davell Crawford

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George Wein is a legendary figure in American music. The pianist and impresario was instrumental in founding the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and defining its creative direction. Until the early 2000s he was a part of its leadership team. And today, at 93, he remains deeply engaged with the current state of jazz music, and attends shows frequently in New York, where he lives. Davell Crawford is a Louisiana-born vocalist, bandleader and carrier of the New Orleans piano tradition. He first headlined at Jazz Fest when he was 14 years old; since then, Crawford has played all over the world, often thanks to the advocacy of Wein, who helped book him and has always supported his career. Today, Crawford is one of the most beloved musicians in New Orleans. Speaking with Giovanni Russonello, Crawford and Wein will discuss everything from the history of Jazz Fest to the future of the music.

Our inaugural critic in 2019 is Giovanni Russonello,who covers jazz and improvised music for the New York Times, and runs the D.C.-based jazz advocacy group CapitalBop.

He previously covered the 2016 election as a member of the Times’ news surveys team.

His writing has appeared in the Washington Post, NPR Music, JazzTimes, The FADER, DownBeat and the Investigative Reporting Workshop, among others. For more than two years he hosted “On the Margin,” a weekly books show on WPFW-FM in Washington, D.C. He graduated from Tufts University with a bachelor’s degree in history, with a focus on African-American history.

 


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  • 11AM–Thursday, May 02
  • Free with RSVP

George Wein is a legendary figure in American music. The pianist and impresario was instrumental in founding the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and defining its creative direction. Until the early 2000s he was a part of its leadership team. And today, at 93, he remains deeply engaged with the current state of jazz music, and attends shows frequently in New York, where he lives. Davell Crawford is a Louisiana-born vocalist, bandleader and carrier of the New Orleans piano tradition. He first headlined at Jazz Fest when he was 14 years old; since then, Crawford has played all over the world, often thanks to the advocacy of Wein, who helped book him and has always supported his career. Today, Crawford is one of the most beloved musicians in New Orleans. Speaking with Giovanni Russonello, Crawford and Wein will discuss everything from the history of Jazz Fest to the future of the music.

Our inaugural critic in 2019 is Giovanni Russonello,who covers jazz and improvised music for the New York Times, and runs the D.C.-based jazz advocacy group CapitalBop.

He previously covered the 2016 election as a member of the Times’ news surveys team.

His writing has appeared in the Washington Post, NPR Music, JazzTimes, The FADER, DownBeat and the Investigative Reporting Workshop, among others. For more than two years he hosted “On the Margin,” a weekly books show on WPFW-FM in Washington, D.C. He graduated from Tufts University with a bachelor’s degree in history, with a focus on African-American history.

 

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