Voted onto DownBeat magazine’s Rising Star Annual Critics Poll the last two years and featured in the 2016 September Indie Life section, Russ Nolan’s music is often described as High-Energy Modern Jazz that both satisfies the intellect of its musical peers and speaks to everyone on a soulful level. Called a ‘renaissance man’ by those close to him, he has taken his experiences in sports, martial arts, business, after-school program volunteering, music education, and other activities to relate to a wider audience. His 2016 release of Sanctuary from the Ordinary – Live at Firehouse 12 was voted onto DownBeat’s Best of 2016
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“Besides being graced with clarity in tone, originality and
fluent, assertive phrasing, saxophonist Russ Nolan is a
“Since immersing himself in the study of salsa dancing seven
years ago to heighten his rhythmic sensibility, the agile-
fingered tenor and soprano saxophonist has developed a
percussionist’s deep feel for time, and is much at home
grooving in Latin jazz and odd time signatures, constantly
shuffling his approaches to space and time.”
— Owen McNally, WNPR News
“Relentless delivers an enjoyable offering of new and
vibrant material by Russ Nolan and
his side-musicians that will satisfy not only the jazz fan,
but will also be appreciated
by the listener that prefers their music coming from a
strong Latin and salsa rhythmic foundation.”
— Jeffrey Uhrich, All About Jazz
Willing to teach
Advanced students only.
University of North Texas, Jazz Performance, Jazz Arranging Scholarship
JazzLabNY – Adult Jazz Workshops and Small Groups:
Russ is the Artistic Director of JazzLabNY, a community where adult jazz musicians
who make their living outside of music can play and study in a regular, ongoing small
group setting. Find your spot with us at JazzLabNY.com
Drawing from his education at the University of North Texas, where he played in the
2:00 Lab band and wrote big band arrangements for the renowned 1:00 Lab Band,
Russ is an active clinician in jazz education. He conducts jazz improvisation, big band
arranging, and jazz composition workshops at both the college and high school level.
Russ taught jazz improvisation for three years at the award-winning jazz program of
New Trier High School, Winnetka, IL, led by Jim Warrick.