The RUSSELL SLEDGE CONTINUUM: Mainstream Jazz
The RUSSELL SLEDGE CONTINUUM BRASS EDITION: New Orleans style Brass Band
The RUSSELL SLEDGE CONTINUUM plays mainstream jazz of the 20's, 30's, 40's, 50's and 60's, to include such great performers as Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane and many others. This group can accommodate requests ranging from the Concert Hall to the Restaurant to the Festival or anywhere in between. The Russell Sledge Continuum performs as a Duo, Trio, Quartet or Quintet depending on the specific desires and/or needs of the customer.
The RUSSELL SLEDGE CONTINUUM BRASS EDITION plays traditional, as well as some newer, New Orleans Brass Band music.
Thank you, Russell, for the beautiful memorial service music
My husband had requested traditional New Orleans jazz funeral music, which the Brass Edition delivered beautifully. Russell came to the church early and made sure everything was set up properly. The congregation gave the band a standing ovation after the final piece, "When the Saints Come Marching In."
Funeral Service in Silver Spring, MD
Nov 17, 2013
Brass Band, New Orleans Style Entertainment
Response from The Russell Sledge Continuum:
Thank you for your comments. I am glad that we were able to help make your event a memorable one.
We had a great experience with Russell's 2-piece ensemble at our 30-person adult birthday party. The music was just perfect - background jazz, and all the guests were impressed and delighted. They kicked it up a little toward the end, which was fun as well. Russell and his colleague were highly professional and a delight to have in our home. We'd hire them again and recommend them without any hesitation.
Russell Sledge began playing bass and drums in North Carolina and has since added tuba to his list of instruments. While attending EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY, Mr. Sledge studied percussion with Harold Jones and Mark Ford, bass with Carroll Dashiell and played numerous concerts, musicals and shows, graduating on both bass and percussion.
Continuing his musical studies at HOWARD UNIVERSITY in Washington, DC, he quickly became a sought-after bass player with performances including concerts with the Washington Civic Symphony, recordings with university ensembles and other national artists, a tour to Hong Kong with the theater production of Dreamgirls and many small group engagements in and around the city while studying with the late Keter Betts, bassist with the late Ella Fitzgerald.
Following a move to Houston, Texas, Mr. Sledge spent a year as assistant band director at TEXAS SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY, performed with Ernie Watts, Gene Chandler, Sebastian Whittaker And The Creators and various engagements throughout the city.
Returning once again to Washington DC, Mr. Sledge has performed with Al Grey, Winard Harper, Stephen Scott, Antonio Hart, Marcus Printup, the premier of Darrin Atwater’s “Song in a Strange Land!: Spirituals for a New Generation,” as well as various engagements in and around Washington, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and New York.
The team providing the talent:
This is only a Partial song list:
Dat Dere - Timmons
Criss Cross - Monk
Wave - Jobim
Move - Best
Triste - Jobim
A Child is Born - Jones
All of You - Porter
Autumn Leaves - Mercer
Freddie the Freeloader - Davis
Heaven - Ellington
How High the Moon - Lewis
In a Sentimental Mood - Ellington
Lazybird - Coltrain
Song For My Father - Silver
Nica's Dream - Silver
What Is This Thing Called Love - Porter
Bemsha Swing - Monk
Influences & Inspiration
Mainstream jazz of the 20's, 30's, 40's, 50's and 60's, to include such great performers as Fletcher Henderson, Kid Ory, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Dexter Gordon, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane and many others.