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Russ Nolan

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. Previous recordings include With You In Mind with the Kenny Werner Trio. JazzLabNY – Adult Jazz Workshops and Small Groups: Russ is also 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 http://www.jazzlabny.com
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“Besides being graced with clarity in tone, originality and fluent, assertive phrasing, saxophonist Russ Nolan is a rhythm master.” “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

Primary Instrument

Saxophone, tenor

Location

New York City

Willing to teach

Advanced only

Credentials/Background

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

Clinic/Workshop Information

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.

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Upcoming Shows

Date Detail Price
Jun15Sat
Russ Nolan And The Theron Brown Trio
Bop Stop
Cleveland, OH
$15

Discography

Sanctuary From The Ordinary: Live At Firehouse 12

Sanctuary From The...

Rhinoceruss Music
2016

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Call It What You Want

Call It What You Want

Rhinoceruss Music
2015

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Relentless

Relentless

Rhinoceruss Music
2014

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Tell Me

Tell Me

Rhinoceruss Music
2012

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With You in Mind

With You in Mind

Rhinoceruss Music
2008

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Two Colors

Two Colors

Rhinoceruss Music
2005

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Two Colors

Two Colors

Russ Nolan
Two Colors

Stand Clear of the Closing Doors

Stand Clear of the Closing Doors

Russ Nolan
With You in Mind

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