Biondi Russell Band

Paul  Biondi was born into a musical family in Philadelphia  in the 1950’s He first picked up a saxophone at the age of 8. Paul’s teacher and mentor was Robert “Boysie” Lowery, who taught and motivated players such as Clifford Brown, Ernie Watts, and many other jazz musicians on the east coast. While still in high school, Paul performed in jazz bands, studio sessions, and orchestras.  Before graduating from high school, he studied at Berklee School of Music in Boston.

After graduation,  Paul toured for several years with Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin, and Ike and Tina Turner. He then joined a yearlong world tour with Smokey Robinson. In 1978, Paul and The Duck Soup Band from Philadelphia were offered a recording contract with Warner Brothers Records. He worked on the album in San Francisco for one year, and then moved to Los Angeles where he worked as a studio musician. Paul has written  and played on movie scores and television theme songs.

He  has performed with many  artists, including Jimmy Smith, Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers, Jack Sheldon, Tex Beneke,  The Temptations, the Four Tops, The Drifters, The Platters, The Cadillacs, The Shirelles, and numerous other groups and artists. He has backed up Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett,  Mel Torme,  Ella Fitzgerald, Barbra Streisand, Ray Charles, and Lena Horne.

Since moving to Oregon in 1992, Paul has been active in supporting dozens of  Eugene and Florence fundraisers. He founded MEMA, the Musicians Emergency Medical Association.

Joining Paul and Gus are Rick Markstrom on vocals and percussion,  and Justin  Schepige on Bass.