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Guitarist, Banjoist, Mandolinist, Resonator slide player, Ukuleleist, Bassist, Composer, Professor, Nick Russo, participant of the 2004 International Jazz Workshop at The BANFF Center in Canada (director, Dave Douglas) & winning participant of the 2001 JAS academy in Aspen Colorado (director, Christian McBride, mentioned in Dec. 2001 issue of Down Beat magazine), leads a life of full-time performing, including performances at: Carnegie Hall, The U.N., Lincoln Center, Blue Note, Birdland, Iridium Jazz Club, Joe’s Pub, 55 Bar, Showman’s, Lenox Lounge, Charles Ives Center, Tilles Center, Smoke Jazz Club, Zinc Bar, Cleopatra’s Needle, Smalls, Boom, Kavehaz, Merchants, The C-Note, CBGBs, 7 weeks at Huis Ten Bosch (Sasebo, Japan), Omsk, Tomsk, Novasibersk, Akademgorodok (Academy City), Moscow, Brasil, St. Kitts, Barcelona, Bermuda Guitar Festival (review in 2010 Royal Gazette), Hot Steamed Jazz Festival in Essex, Cape Cod Jazz Festival, at the Banff Center in Canada, Cannes Film Festival in France (2011 & 2012), Stockholm, Sweden (2012/2013), Bermuda (2013), Seattle/Portland tour (2014), Ashdod Jazz festival in Israel (2014).

Nick Russo+11’s 7 year anniversary concert of “Ro” was featured in the Wall Street Journal, Time Out New York (August 2013). Nick Russo was also quoted in Vanity Fair magazine in September 2013. March 4th, 2014 Russo appeared, playing banjo on ABC’s TV show, “Good Morning America.”

Hot Jazz Jumpers' The Very Next Thing received rave reviews in current issue of Down Beat magazine (Feb. 2016), London Times (Dec. 2015) and many other publications.

Nick Russo was interviewed by Jazz Insider magazine (Dec. 2015 issue) , Just Jazz Guitar magazine (Jan 2015) & Vanity Fair magazine (2014). Russo appears in The New York Times (photo and article in 2014), Wall Street Journal (2013) and many other publications.

Russo’s self produced 2006 album "RO" is an all original eclectic mix of straight-ahead, Indian Raga and modern jazz featuring Nick Russo + 11: Mark Turner, Miles Griffith, Samir Chatterjee, Bryan Murray, Greg Glassman, Art Hirahara, Nathan Peck, Matt Clohesy, Willard Dyson, Ari Hoenig & David Pleasant.Mark Turner, Miles Griffith, Ari Hoenig, Pandit Samir Chatterjee, Art Hirahara, Willard Dyson, David Pleasant & the rest of "Nick Russo +11." Ro is received reviews in Down Beat, All About Jazz, Jazz Improv magazine, Hot House, ejazz news, Boston Gazette, Jazz Times, Vintage Guitar, Cadence, Jazz-iz & other publications as well as radio play in Switzerland, Sweden, Canada, Chicago, Japan & across the U.S. Jimmy Heath, Jim Hall, Peter Bernstein, Ralph Peterson, Phil Schaap and many others have also published reviews.

Nick Russo is a sideman for drummer, Victor Jones, Miles Griffith's "New Ting," drummer/composer, David Pleasant, bassist/composer, Jon Burr, bassist, Kim Clarke, vocalist, Anastasia Rene, Michael Arenella’s Dreamland Orchestra, Dennis Lichtman & Mona’s Hot Four, Emily Asher’s Garden Party, Jesse Gelber, Gordon Au’s Grand Street Stompers, Gordon Webster, Tamar Korn, Raphael McGregor, Joe Hanchrow’s Muskrat, Bob Lieve, Barry Bryson, Jim Reel, Kevin Dorn, Art Lillard and many other groups in the NYC area.

Nick has worked with legendary organist, Jimmy McGriff, vibraphonist, Teddy Charles, bassist, Sony Dallas, saxophonist, Tim Berne, violinist, Jim Nolet (formally with the Jazz Passengers), Tony Moreno, Mike Bisio, the Frank & Joe Show, Vince Giordano and The Night Hawks, Bruce Cox, Section 8 with rappers: Guestos Asbestos & Retsam Gillette and many other groups. Russo is also a busy studio musician and records as a sideman on many albums & projects.

Nick Russo is also a studio musician and has recorded as a sideman on hundred’s of recordings and albums. Russo played banjo and appeared on ABC's Good Morning America and appeared playing guitar in the Sam Mendes film "Away We Go". Nick also composed music and plays guitar on the soundtrack for the new independent film, King George. In November 2008, Nick Russo appeared on NBC after Saturday Night Live as past of First Look in 2008.

Nick plays banjo and guitar on the pilot episode of cartoon “Peg & Cat” 2012/2013 season, (music composed by Walter Hawkes).

An interview with Nick Russo was recently published in the new book: “The New Face of Jazz” by Cicily Janus. (p. 244-245). Mona’s Hot Four (Nick is the banjoist/guitarist) was featured in the Wall Street Journal on June 28, 2011 (p. A22) with Mona’s Hot Four.

Off-Broadway, Russo had the chair at New Girl In Town at the Irish Repertory Theatre in 2012. Nick also subbed at A Jew Grows in Brooklyn at the Lambs Theatre and on other stages, The Big Apple Circus at Lincoln Center (2012-2013) & Cunningham Park (2013), Take Me Along at the Irish Repertory Theatre (2011), Once Upon A Time in NJ at Hudson Guild Theatre and On The Way To Broadway at Flushing Town Hall with Chapman Roberts. In regional theaters he has played productions of Greece, The Wiz, Man of La Mancha, Sweet Charity, Footloose, The Pajama Game, Mary Poppins, The King and I, The Prince and Pauper, Crazy For You and many others.

Musicians such as Frank Wess, Dr. Eddie Henderson, Mark Turner, Antonia Bennett, Miles Griffith, Todd Coolman, Barry Altschul, Charlie Persip, Elliot Zigmund, Dennis Irwin, Gerald Cannon, Jim Cammack, John Ormond, Essiet Essiet, Alvester Garnett, Joe Ascione, Bruce Cox, Ed Schuller, Ari Hoenig, Charles Blenzig, Jaleel Shaw, Will Vinson, JD Walter, Eve Cornelious, Stephanie Rice, Monica Lynk, Sachel Vasandani, Jeb Patton, Montez Coleman, Bill McCrossen, John Ray & Dominic Duval have appeared in his group.

Nick Russo has conducted lectures on banjo at Manhattanville College, has taught a jazz performance class at Aaron Copland School at Queens College, college classes on guitar, music appreciation, world music at Yeshiva accredited through Essex College and has been a teaching artist at Queens College for 15 years leading and conducting jazz workshops via the Jazz Project. Professor Russo was on staff at Great Neck Music Conservatory (2006-2012) and an adjunct music professor at Yeshiva accredited through Essex College since 2008. Since February of 2010, Mr. Russo has been a Midori & Friends teaching artist (guitar teacher at PS 4 (Duke Ellington School), PS232, and All Stars Program), performing with Paquito Rivera & Nation Beat with his class.

Nick is the author of 2 books: "Metallica, Legendary Licks series vol. 1 & vol. 2 as well as the editor of the GRP arpeggio book and exercise book (published by Cherry Lane/Hal Leonard). Nick has been a pupil of tabla guru, Samir Chatterjee, where he studied bol (The Indian Rhythmic System)

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