Russell Gunn


Russell Gunn is a Two-Time Grammy Nominee for best contemporary jazz album. Ethnomusicology Vol 1and2. He is also the featured soloist on the Pulitzer Prize winning Jazz - Oratorio by Wynton Marsalis “Blood on the Fields”

Born in Chicago but moving to East St. Louis when he was 10, Gunn first heard jazz classics on vinyl that belonged to his grandmother’s boyfriend, a Chicago radio show host. He credits saxophonist Ron Carter, his public high school band director, with having provided him and other students with “the tools for us to go try to learn on our own, and a place for us to be in healthy competition,” and claims his “real education” began with on-the-job training he got from older players.

Gunn proved himself stouthearted and eager for professional engagement at 18, when he quit college during his freshman year to tour with r&b singer Johnny Taylor. Two years later, Gunn was called to New York City to work with Oliver Lake and soon after record Blood On The Fields with Wynton Marsalis. Since his recording debut, 1995’s Young Gunn, he’s released 16 albums as a leader, including the Grammy-nominated Ethnomusicology, Vol. 3, melding hip-hop rhythms, bits of spoken word, turntablism, effects, keyboards and drum programming with brash brass playing, jazz structures and a cohort of collaborators who regard the music’s legacy as essential but not an end in itself.

Gunn is a beautiful trumpeter, a massively talented producer, conductor, arranger and talent scout. He is currently the director of Russell Gunn and the Royal Krunk Orkestra, and he also tours with the Marcus Miller Band.

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