The Nick Russo Group performs across the U.S. and around the world. We perform concerts, events, on movie soundtracks, in theatres, at private parties, weddings, and many other performances.
All the members of the group are full-time professionals. The group has many references and recommendations as we often acquire gigs via word of mouth. We are never too loud or obtrusive and we always professional, reliable and punctual.
Guitarist/Banjoist, Nick Russo leads a life of full-time performing, including performances in New York City at: Carnegie Hall, The U.N., I.A.J.E., Lincoln Center, Blue Note, Birdland, Iridium Jazz Club, The Zinc Bar, 55 Bar, Cape Cod Jazz Festival, N.J.P.A.C. (New Jersey Performing Arts Center), Hot Steamed Jazz Festival in Essex, Barbes, Showmans & Lenox Lounge in Harlem, Main Street Jazz in Virginia, Charles Ives Center, Tilles Center, Cleopatra's Needle, Kavehaz, Merchants, The C-Note, Smiths, Barbes, Moto, WKCR & WUSB radio. Television appears include Manhattan One, Metro Elvis in Manhattan, and numerous local cable access channels. International performances include: Japan, Omsk, Tomsk, Novasibersk, Akademgorodok (Academy City), Moscow, Brasil, St. Kitts in the Caribbean & at the Banff Center in Canada.
Russo is appearing in the new Sam Mendes film "Away We Go" recently in theaters, currently on DVD. If you have a chance to rent the DVD, you'll see him playing guitar in the "bar scene" playing in the quartet.
Nick also composed and performed 2 pieces for the soundtrack of the independent film "King George."
Nick Russo has been the guitarist and/or banjoist with Jimmy McGriff, Vince Giordano and The Night Hawks, The Frank & Joe Show (Frank Vignola & Joe Ascione), and currently with Victor Jones' Cutureversy, Miles Griffith's New Ting, David Pleasant's group, Michelle Waker & others. Nick also has worked with the legendary vibraphonist, Teddy Charles, late legendary bassist, Sony Dallas, saxophonist, Tim Berne, violinist, Jim Nolet (formally with the Jazz Passengers), Tony Moreno, Mike Bisio, Bruce Cox Trio, Dan Levinson, Kim Clarke Quintet and others.
Nick's recent recording "Ro" features Nick Russo + 11: Mark Turner, Miles Griffith, Samir Chatterjee, Ari Hoenig & others. Nick is also the author of 2 books: "Metallica, Legendary Licks series vol. 1 & vol. 2 as well as the editor of the GRP arpeggio book and exercise book (published by Cherry Lane/Hal Leonard). The new self produced album "RO" is getting reviews in Down Beat, Jazz Times, All About Jazz, Jazz Improv magazine, Hot House, ejazz news, Boston Gazette, Vintage Guitar, Cadence, Jazz-iz, Drumhead Magazine & others across the country as well as reviews in Italy, Turkey, Brazil, Greece & other countries. National radio play and internationally radio play include Sweden, Switzerland, France, Canada, across the U.S. & other countries.