Eddie Russ Bio Eddie Russ was an impressive jazz keyboardist-composer-arranger who worked with numerous legends through several decades, including Sonny Stitt, Sarah Vaughn, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Roland Kirk, Hank Mobley, Cal Tjader, and Clark Terry, among many others. Russ came into his own in the 1970s with trend-setting excursions into jazz-funk that mirrored James Brown’s forays into hip-hop and dance. Since the 70s his commercial fame in England eclipsed that earned in the U.S., but his dedication and contribution to jazz in Michigan is a career highlight he cherished the most. Russ earned awards from the Michigan Council for Arts (1986), “Best Keyboardist” by Arts Midwest (1986), and his trio made a cameo appearance in the motion picture “American Beauty, Ltd.”, winner of the 1990 Berlin Film Festival. Russ, born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, started piano lessons at age 11 and made his performing debut at 14. His teenage music activities included sitting in at all the jazz clubs with almost any artist who came through town. A popular hangout came to be the Musicians Club, where he credited learning jazz from major name figures. After graduating from Penn High School in 1952, Russ attended Pittsburgh Musical Institute and spent eight years studying music. At 21, Russ formed his first band J-Nut, featuring Russ’s piano alongside bassist Bobby Boswell and drummer Chuck Spadafore. In 1960 he moved to New York and spent five years ...
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