Five Firsts: Jonathan Russell

February 8th, 2010, 2:01 pm by Greg

Jonathan RussellNAME: Jonathan Russell
BAND AFFILIATION: Several bands including the Hot Club of the Lower East Side, but this weekend I’ll be playing with the Doc Scanlon Trio in Saratoga

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … The first album I ever bought was the soundtrack from the new “Star Trek” movie.

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … My mom says that the first concert I ever went to was one of hers when I was six weeks old. I don’t remember it. The first one that I remember was a klezmer band playing at a library near me.

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LIVE: Jonathan Russell with the Doc Scanlon Trio @ the Van Dyck, 7/18

July 22nd, 2009, 3:15 pm by Sara


On Saturday, July 18, the newly remodeled and re-opened Van Dyck in Schenectady presented jazz violinist Jonathan Russell, a 14-year-old musical prodigy who first began playing at the age of three.

Performing with the Doc Scanlon Trio, Russell embodied the spirit, style and tone of the late Stephane Grappelli, who co-founded the influential Quintet of the Hot Club of France along with legendary guitarist Django Reinhardt in the 1930s.

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