I am an established professional jazz guitarist, composer and teacher based in Cape Town.
I am experienced performing solo, or as part of a duo, trio or quartet.
During my career so far I have worked with top jazz musicians Willie van Zyl, Basil Moses, Len Richey, Darryl Andrews, Errol Dyers, Kevin Gibson and others.
Myself and the musicians that I work with perform with passion, precision and experience to provide a memorable musical experience for any special occasion!
We perform upbeat jazz standards, as well as quiet sophisticated sounds for dining.
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Duo - Saxophone/Clarinet and Guitar
Trio - Guitar, Bass and Drums
Duo -Two Guitars
We have an extensive repertoire and are happy to include special requests, given sufficient time.
One of the Western Cape’s most popular ensembles, the duo features well known musicians Willie van Zyl on saxophones and clarinet and John Russell on acoustic guitar.
The duo performs entertaining background music suitable for corporate functions, wedding ceremonies, pre-dinner drinks and dining.
From light classic jazz to popular favourites, the duo has the appropriate repertoire for any occasion and are happy to perform requests.
Solo performance - Guitar
Jazz Duo – Saxophone and guitar, or two guitars
Jazz Trio - Saxophone with guitar and bass
Jazz Quartet - Saxophone or vocals with guitar, bass and drums.
Jazz Quintet - Vocals, saxophone, guitar, bass and drums.
"Thank you again for the wonderful atmosphere you created at the
wedding. Your music was fantastic, and our guests were blown away."
“Firstly, I want to say a BIG thank you to you for playing at my wedding, you really really played such a big part in making my big day a success. Thank you so much John. My guests were so impressed with you duo, have had many requests for you details for future events and I will recommend you any day.”
They played an integral part in putting Signal Restaurant on the map in terms of providing appropriate live entertainment of a high calibre. They are a versatile and disciplined group who created a wonderful atmosphere in the restaurant, which was hugely appreciated by both guests and staff alike.
Food and Beverage Manager
Cape Grace Hotel
The clients were very happy with your performance and I
will surely recommend you to my clients in future.