Playing Blues Harmonica and Jazz/Blues Trumpet / Flugelhorn is simply Russ's passion in life. Music is his heartbeat, soul, and the essence of much of his existence. A couple of years in New York City working and exploring the Jazz & Blues scene one club at a time was the catalyst he needed.. From The Jazz Standard to Birdland to The Blue Note, some of the purest Jazz & Blues New York City had to offer was soaked in and it influenced this Athens, Georgia native!
You can say Russ got schooled in New York City and discovered his soulful sounds.
Russ left New York and moved back South to St. Simons Island, GA where he got involved in the music scene and played with various local artists from Savannah, GA down to Ft Lauderdale, FL.
Russ was raised just outside of Athens, GA and was exposed to a wide range of musical genres and disciplines like Gospel, Jazz, Blues, Country and Rock n Roll that his parents played routinely. He has found his niche with his soulful horns and harmonica melodies.
Russ performs around Nashville at various venues with local artists. He has performed on stage with veteran artists at Tootsies Orchid Lounge, Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar, Rippy's, Legends and The Commodore Lounge all in Nashville, TN; Sloppy Joe's in Key West, FL.;
Blue Jean Blues in Ft. Lauderdale, FL ; and numerous venues in the Coastal Georgia area.
He has also had the opportunity to play with veteran musicians such as Aaron Bing, Lester Holt, Keith Dean & Joey Thigpen of Backbeat Boulevard, Harrison B, John Stone, & Brian Mac !