Eddie Russ was a fantastic keyboardist and composer who was gigging in Pittsburgh clubs even as a teenager. He spent some time in New York and California, and after working with a number of legends, including Benny Golson, Sarah Vaughn, Stan Getz, and Dizzy Gillespie, he started his solo career in the ’70s, playing up and down Michigan and beyond. He received many awards and was a sought-after player and teacher. Among his recordings are several albums on Monument. Russ was tremendously popular during his tours of Europe, where his “groove-laden” recordings were big hits. In 1995 a special tribute concert featured his treasured originals and demonstrated the affection held for him as a person. He passed in 1996 due to illness. I miss him.
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