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John Russell


I am an established professional jazz guitarist and composer 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.

wedding musicians cape town


Duo - Saxophone/Clarinet and Guitar

Trio - Guitar, Bass and Drums

 Duo -Two Guitars

It had to be you
00:00 / 00:40
What a difference a day makes
00:00 / 00:42
Almost like being in Love
00:00 / 00:49
When I fall in love
00:00 / 00:42
One note samba
00:00 / 00:42
Summer Samba
00:00 / 00:40
Afternoon in Paris
00:00 / 00:39
00:00 / 01:04
Have You met Miss Jones
00:00 / 00:42
I've Got You under my Skin
00:00 / 00:49

We have an extensive repertoire and are happy to include special requests, given sufficient time. 

Bridal Chorus
00:00 / 00:31
Wedding March
00:00 / 00:41


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The Duo

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.

Options include:

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.

Client feedback:

"Thank you again for the wonderful atmosphere you created at the
wedding. Your music was fantastic, and our guests were blown away."
Carmen Kemp

“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.”
Kelly Fortune

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. 

Ainsley Williams
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.


Barry Geyer
Wedding Planner



Mobile: 0027 (0)723612024



Mon - Fri: 8am - 12pm

​​Saturday: 8am - 12pm

​Sunday: 8am - 12pm

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