The Russ Wilcox Group is quickly distinguishing itself as one of the top up and coming jazz ensembles in the region, having performed at numerous venues in the New England and New York areas. Russ Wilcox and his ensemble presents a unique sound, having a deep foundation in Bebop tradition with an influence of the cool jazz movement pioneered by Lennie Tristano and Lee Konitz, that has been compared to that of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers.
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 60 - 400 minutes
What to Expect
"Offering our sincerest thanks to the Russ Wilcox Jazz Group for creating the perfect atmosphere for the most magical day of our lives. We hosted a jazz brunch for our wedding reception in Martha’s Vineyard and can’t compliment the quintet enough for their professionalism, talent, and class.
The band arranged all of our song requests, and remained flexible with our schedule and preferences down to the last days before the wedding. They easily slid between different eras and styles of jazz and impressed every one of our guests.
We highly recommend Russ Wilcox and his band for your wedding or event, and can offer this as the highest endorsement of how well received their performance was at our wedding: after the wedding, our venue asked for their information to add them to the standard vendor list for future weddings at their hotel. Many thanks to Russ and crew for sharing this special day with us.”
Cheryl and Jacob Ricciardi - New York, NY.
“The Russ Wilcox Jazz Group helped to make our 50 guest holiday party a success. They were a delight to listen to and provided the perfect musical backdrop to drinks and hors d’oeuvres. They played a nice selection of music from jazz standards to holiday tunes. Their professional demeanor made everything, including booking, simple and easy.”
Marlene Alcorn – Boston Medical Center.
Since 2008, the Russ Wilcox Jazz Group has been providing high quality jazz that is suitable for any occasion. Whether you are looking for small, light jazz ensemble for your restaurant or a larger group for a concert or wedding reception, we can supply you with an ensemble that will accommodate your needs. The Russ Wilcox Jazz Group consists of Boston's most popular upcoming musicians who have studied at the New England Conservatory, Berklee, and Boston University. Our musicians have performed with many prestigious names in the Jazz community including Wynton Marsalis, Eric Harland, Greg Abate, Alex Brown, and Jonathan Batiste.
The Russ Wilcox Jazz Group performs jazz and latin standards that were the cornerstone in the development of modern American music. We offer a variety of musical genres that will compliment any occasion. We can provide light jazz standards that will compliment any dining experience that will have your guests speaking highly of your event or restaurant for months to come! We can also offer a larger ensemble that specializes in bebop, post-bop, and modern jazz that will bring a new, young energy to your concert setting. Our musicians have had the opportunity to perform at many prestigious concert venues and festivals including the Monterey Next Generation of Jazz Festival, the Provincetown Jazz Festival, Somethin' Jazz Club (NYC), PAAM's Next Generation of Jazz Concert, the Lincoln Center, and the Cotuit Center for the Arts.
We offer ensembles that are suited for concert and private event settings. In fact, we specialize in providing light background music perfect for any cocktail or dining hour. We have performed at many restaurants in the area including: Avenue 1 at the Boston Hyatt (monthly residence in 2011), The New Seabury Country Club (weekly residence in summer of 2012), The Belfry Inn and Bistro, the Harvest Gallery Wine Bar and many others. We seek to provide music that will entertain your guests without interrupting their dining experience and conversation. We are also able to provide a larger ensemble that would be ideal to get your guests dancing at your reception and would ensure that they have a phenomenal time at your wedding. Our ensemble can be expanded to include vocals and additional horns. We are also able to offer the Russ Wilcox Big Band, a full 16 piece big band that would be perfect for any dance. This ensemble performs the standard repertoire of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and others but also has more modern pieces in its repertoire, which include hits from Chicago, Van Morrison and more.
Additional Booking Notes
The Russ Wilcox Jazz Group can provide live music to compliment any occasion. In order to accomplish this we offer a variety of packages ranging from a trio to an octet. The two most popular packages are the trio, which includes: sax, bass, and either guitar or piano, and the quintet, which includes: sax, vocals, bass, drums, and either guitar or piano.
|Russ Wilcox||Alto Sax and Band leader|
|Travis Bliss||Tenor Sax|
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