Frank Russo

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"Frank Russo burns on the Quartet's new acoustic jazz release, PF Flyer"
- Modern Drummer, April 2002


Frank Russo joyfully paints colorful soundscapes with his highly skilled, passionate, musical drumming. He's an in demand performer, recording artist and educator who currently resides in Maryland and teaches at Towson University. He is also an artist/educator for Bosphorus Cymbals, MD Drums and The Vic Firth Education Team. Raised in the NYC area, Frank was steeped in the rich musical heritage of the jazz legends at an early age and carriers on the legacy of a musical family.

An incredibly adaptable musician, a partial list of his performances testifies to his diverse talent. He has performed with Mundell Lowe, Dr Lonnie Smith, Hal Crook, Craig Handy, Keter Betts, Ethel Ennis, Greg Gisbert, Chuck Redd, Bill McHenry, John O'Gallagher, Dave Ballou, John D'earth, Denis DiBlasio, Ron McCurdy, The Coasters, Frankie Lane and many more. Highlights of his performances include the Detroit Jazz Festival, Ottawa Jazz Festival, Stan Getz Jazz Festival, East Coast Jazz Festival, The Kennedy Center and many others. Tours have included several trips to Asia, Europe, Canada, Mexico and Bermuda. Frank completed a distinguished career with the prestigious Naval Academy Band where he performed in and led several dynamic ensembles. He was stationed in Annapolis, San Diego, Great Lakes, Monterey and Norfolk during his career.

Frank is a Summit Records Recording Artist whose recordings have gained national recognition and praise from Downbeat, Jazztimes and Modern Drummer along with others. He is featured on "Point of Grace" with PF Flyer, "No Turning Back" with Fred Hughes, "Gabrielle's Hand" with Bob Boguslaw and The acclaimed Shook Russo Quartets "Featuring Greg Gisbert" all on Summit Records. As a sought after studio ace he has played on countless sessions, crossing all genres, including PBS Documentaries, "Quiet Now" with John Toomey, "In My Mind's Eye" with Max Murray & Doug Bickel, Kenny Carr's "Turn the Page" featuring brilliant saxophonist Donny McCaslin, "Uncertain Paths" with Rob Levit and many more.

Frank is also a member of the Bob Butta Trio, The Fred Hughes Band, Rob Levit Trio, Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet, Bob Boguslaw's The Way, Mozart to Motown with Stefan Scaggiari, PF Flyer and The Shook Russo Quartet. His most recent release on Summit Records "A Thousand Eyes" is with the superb saxophonist Pete BarenBregge.

Frank is proud to exclusively perform on maple drums designed by Keith Larsen (Maryland Drum Company), Bosphorus Cymbals and Vic Firth Products.

"FAB TRIO KENNEDY CENTER PERFORMANCE: July 2006, Bob Butta, Amy Shook & Frank Russo"

"The explosive energy begins with Russo, a drummer of extraordinary power and uncommon precision."
Thomas Conrad. JazzTimes, Nov 05, pg 136.

Click here to view Frank live at the Kennedy Center July 7 2005

current news...

STUDIO BEATS: Lots of cool things happening ……. Awesome Airplay: We've been getting lots of good airplay & reviews on Kenny Carr's most recent release "Turn the Page", including play on the weather channel. Pete BarenBregge/Frank Russo CD "A Thousand Eyes" is being played across the country. We're pleased to report that several tunes are also getting 4 or 5 plays a day on the Music Choice digital TV music channel.

Recent Releases: I'm laying down the groove on Tony Spencer's "It's Time" and I'll be performing with Tony at Rams Head On Stage this summer. I also appear on Dani Cortaza's "Expressions". He's the real Brazilian deal.

Upcoming Releases: Vocalist/Pianist Sandy Asirvatham "Memoir" features a heavy line up and varied styles. I'll be performing her CD release dates this summer. Vocalist Felecia Carter's double disc "Step Lightly" is just receiving the finishing touches. A wonderful mix of standards and originals, it was recorded at the awesome NPR studios. We are VERY excited about the Summit Records July release of the Shook Russo Trio CD "Introducing the FAB Trio" - Frank, bassist Amy Shook and pianist Bob Butta. This is a program of Bop till you drop featuring some exciting original hard swingers and Latin tunes.

Upcoming Recordings: Shook Russo Quartet is getting ready to start recording our new project. We've been working hard on some new compositions and concepts. We received great reviews & airplay on our first Summit outing "Featuring Greg Gisbert". I'll be back in the studio again with Kenny Carr soon and along with the trio it will also feature Donny McCaslin. Bob Boguslaw and The Way just performed an exciting live radio broadcast from the University of Maryland. We'll be recording some unique new compositions this summer for our next release. Rob Levit Trio is headed back to the studio in early fall. You can visit more info for my rhythmically fun voyages on the recordings page. Buy a few while you're there.

ROAD BEATS: Trips include NYC and Florida this summer. I will be teaching alongside a great faculty at Rowan University Jazz Camp, New Jersey, during July. I'm also excited to be teaching at Maryland Summer Jazz 2007 in Rockville, MD again. Check out . It will be my first time performing in New Mexico this fall and I will also be headed to Michigan for a return trip to Interlochen Center for the Arts. I'll be returning as well to the Rehoboth Jazz Festival with the Fred Hughes Trio - always great. Toronto in January? Not the perfect season for Canada but the annual IAJE convention is always a blast and I'll be performing this year. Touring Shanghai is a possibility again this year.

ONGOING BEATS: Going on EIGHT years - Thursdays I'm with guitarist Rob Levit at 49 West in Annapolis, MD. You can also catch me with Tom Lagana at the Savage Rams Head on Sunday for brunch or at the Caribbean Breeze with Dani Cortaza. The third Wednesday of every month I'm at 49 West with The Amy Shook/Frank Russo Quartet. I update my schedule page monthly so please check it out.


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