Luis Russell

Genres: Big Band & Swing
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

6 August 1902, Careening Clay, Bocas Del Toro, Panama, d. 11 December 1963. After playing various instruments in his homeland, Russell moved to New Orleans in 1919 and thereafter played piano in local saloons and clubs. In the early 20s he played with Albert Nicholas among others, and also led bands. He played with King Oliver in Chicago in 1925 and in 1927 became leader of a band in New York. For the next few years he led his band in the city and on tours, often backing Louis Armstrong. In 1935 the band became known as Armstrong’s but Russell stayed on until the early 40s, when he formed a new band for touring. From the late 40s he ran a business outside music but continued to lead small bands for club dates. Russell’s bands never had the impact on the jazz public achieved by many of his contemporaries. Nevertheless, he was a dedicated musician and made serious attempts to integrate some of the fundamental concepts of the New Orleans style into big band...

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