Born: April 27, 1995 Primary Instrument: Violin
Jonathan Jazz Russell is a sensational fifteen-year-old jazz violinist from New York City who performs regularly throughout the area. The New York Times has written When he solos, he embraces his instrument and enters a private cocoon, where he conjures sophisticated improvisations on the melodies of jazz standards.
Awards:American String Teachers Association - Alternative Styles 2005
U.S. Ambassador's Award for Musical Diplomacy - Hungary 2008
1010 WINS Tomorrow's Newsmakers Award Winner 2008
2009 Daniel Pearl Memorial Violin Honoree
2010 Grammy Jazz Ensemble Finalist
2010 ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award Honorable Mention
Tracks: Danny's Groove; Black and Tan Fantasy; A Night in Tunisia; Sweet Lorraine; Tabriz, If You Please; Lady Is A Tramp; Foortprints; Limehouse Blues; So In Love; Detours; Solitude.
Personnel: Jonathan Russell: violin, Ron Drotos: piano.
Sheik of Araby
Tracks: Dinah; Yellow Dog Blues; Is You Is, or Is You Ain't; Memories of You; Sheik of Araby; God Bless the Child; Oh Lady Be Good; Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen; Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans; Indiana; San
Personnel: Jonathan Russell: violin, Ed Polcer: cornet, Mark Shane: piano, Mike Weatherly: bass, Kevin Dorn: drums.
Puttin' On the Ritz
Tracks: Puttin' On the Rizt; Caravan; Darn That Dream; The Way You Look Tonight; Body and Soul; Limehouse Blues; Don’t Get Around Much Anymore; Runnin’ Wild; Besame Mucho; Nuages; Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho
Personnel: Jonathan Russell: violin, Bucky Pizzarelli: guitar, Ed Polcer: cornet, Mark Shane: piano, Nicki Parrot: bass, Joel Forbes: bass, Joe Ascione: drums.
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5 String Acoustic/Electric Violin (endorser) - David Gage, NY USA
Electric Violin - Mark Wood, NY USA
Bow - Jenny Hoffman, PA USA
Wireless Mic - Roam 2 by AMT