Gus Russell

Gus is from Maui, Hawaii and graduated from the University Of Oregon 1983 with a Bachelors degree in music. Piano and flute were his main instruments in college, but his professional work has lead him into organ and digital keyboards. For the last 30 years he has been teaching and performing almost every musical style imaginable,  jazz, Latin, classical, blues, rock, country, gospel,  Broadway, and funk.

As a soloist, he plays regularly in Eugene and the Willamette Valley area, playing classic jazz, standards, blues and New Orleans piano. Gus has shared the stage with Bo Diddly, Elvin Bishop, Cris Cain, Curtis Salgato, Paul Delay, The West Coast Rhythm Kings and Tiny Tim. As a band leader, he’s involved with a wide variety of projects including  the Biondi Russell  Band. As a side man he currently plays with The Jive Masters, Deb Cleveland, The Barbara Healy Band, Bossanaire, Laurie Hammond and Soulicious. He has performed at the Bumbershoot, the Crystal Ball Room, Portland Art Museum, Portland Blues Festival,  IrvFest  and the Hult Center for the Performing Arts.  He has been a featured artist at many  Northwest  festivals. Gus has been composing, arranging, and engineering since 1988. He composed music for the documentaries “The Greenest Building” and “Pre Fontaine: Fire on the Track”, worldwide theater trailers for Dolby, the film “The Independent”, and many sports and educational videos. He is obviously a highly sought after gig and session player.