A Note on Russ Kassoff
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Russ Kassoff is currently playing trio and solo jazz concerts, clubs, festivals, master classes and private parties. In 2013 Russ continues to perform in concert as conductor/pianist to Rita Moreno as well as Louise Pitre (Tony nominated for Mama Mia). In 2012 he was music director for a most touching gala event for the Pasadena Symphony & Pops in memory of Marvin Hamlisch. In 2010 he was the Conductor/Pianist on Broadway in Twyla Tharp's critically acclaimed Come Fly Away, featuring 15 magnificent dancers accompanied by a 19- piece big-band playing live to the voice of Frank Sinatra. Broadway also saw Russ as music director/conductor/pianist for Charles Aznavour in '98. Russ toured as pianist to Frank Sinatra by request from '80-'91- including the Ultimate Event tour with Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin and Liza Minnelli. He served as pianist/accompanist for Liza Minnelli from '82 -'01 and Minnelli's music director and conductor for the highly acclaimed Minnelli on Minnelli National Tour ('00). In '07, Russ appeared as a featured guest on Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz on NPR. Since 2003 Russ has been music director/pianist to Rita Moreno and is a regularly featured performer at The Knickerbocker in NYC with Jazz legend Bucky Pizzarelli! (Next appearance there with Bucky is May 24 and 25 - same week as Piano In The Park!). His current CD Bird Fly By achieved #1 status on Music Choice, was in their top 10 for over a year, and has received much critical acclaim! On July 27, 2013 Russ's trio will appear with Jazz Master Sheila Jordan at the annual JazzPA festivalin Bellefonte, PA! My new Facebook Fan Page
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