Pino Russo

Born in ’57, he is an eclectic and much talented guitarist graduated in Classical Guitar and with an academic degree in both Jazz and Biology. He has been nicknamed “A Six strings orchestra” for his unique ability in using harmonization. During his long career he developed a deep tone color method, exploring different musical languages between jazz, bossa-nova, contemporary, Mediterranean music and Bach's counterpoint technique.

ARTISTIC CURRICULUM He played in many Jazz festivals both national (Bordighera JAzz an Blues, Pino Jazz Fest, Ivrea Euro Jazz festival, Heineken Winter tour...) and international (Grenoble Jazz Festival, Annecy Jazz Festival, Praga Jazz Festival) including the latest Moncalieri Jazz Festival 2008 where he won the “Incroci Sonori” prize, and many editions of the Festival Antidogma (he also participated to the first worldwide performance of Steve Reich’s “Electric Counterpoint”).

He played as well in many national and international Classic and Contemporary Music Festivals such as Antique and Contemporary International Music Festival, Festival delle Rocche, Piemonte in Musica, Contrappunti/3, Spartito & Musica, Vox Organalis, Jazz Meditation and many others.

He played with important artists such as: Enrico Rava, Barney Kessel, Tal Farlow, Bill Cobham, Franco Cerri, Ornella Vanoni, Tullio De Piscopo, Gianni Basso, Flavio Boltro, Dino Contenti and many others.

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“It’s the thought of Jim Hall that pops up in your mind when you get to listen to a poetic, minimalist and virtuoso guitarist such as Pino Russo, who won (…) the 7th edition of Moncalieri Jazz Incroci Sonori Award, in 2008. You think of Jim Hall, for sure but i guess you also get to think about a refined, sensible and cultured pianist like John Lewis, whose discreetness was his own peculiarity both in his solitary and meditative episodes and in his recordings with the Modern Jazz Quartet. (…) allows u sto get to know a musician who owns uncommon technical skills and a jazz feel so deep and clever it implies necessarily a long live experience (not only in solo) on the Jazz scene”

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Primary Instrument


Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced

Clinic/Workshop Information

He teaches in many Workshops and Seminars: - Instrumental Ensemble music - Ensemble music for singers - Guitar and guitar solo And many other items.




Splasc(H) Records


Darn That Dream

Philology Jazz Records



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