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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 2015 Russ continues to perform in concert as conductor/pianist to Rita Moreno and will appear once again as Pianist/Conductor for Tony Award winner Debbie Gravitte in 2016! Currently he's working on producing/music directing a wonderful recording project for AnythingGoesRadio.com host and executive producer - Lise Avery's CD debut! In 2014 Russ was the Leader of the "House Band" for Wall to Wall Symphony Space featuring countless terrific performers - free to the folks of NYC! 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 is June 20 and 21 with acclaimed bassist Jay Anderson (Jay appears on the 2013 Grammy Award Winning Best Classical Album with Dawn Upshaw!). 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 26, 2014 Russ's trio will appear with Legendary Jazz saxophonist Phil Woods at the annual JazzPA festival in Bellefonte, PA! Later this year Russ plans to record his 3rd CD as leader. Solo & Trio will be featured.
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