Blackman Murray Russo

Live Act Jazz Modern Jazz Melodic Original
Blackman Murray Russo - Jazz Modern Jazz Melodic Original Live Act in Baltimore

Blackman Murray Russo Short Info

After meeting on an Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet gig, rhythm section mates Alan Blackman, Max Murray and Frank Russo immediately knew that they possessed a rare chemistry. It wasn’t long before they teamed up with sax titan Donny McCaslin and recorded their first CD, Turning Point. With an atypical freedom this trio can move between the interpretations of Brahms, The Beatles and Peter Gabriel then into unique original compositions, penned mostly by pianist Blackman. Not limited to the traditional Broadway standards repertoire, Blackman Murray Russo endeavors to open up the popular songs of every era in Western Music to the explorations and freedom of the improvising model of jazz.
Chamber Music America recognized their music in awarding them the New Jazz Works Grant in 2011. They produced the multimedia work entitled The Coastal Suite, a programmatic long-form composition with improvised interludes which tells a musical story of a 24 hour tidal cycle. It is presented with projected images of renowned Shetland Island artist Ruth Brownlee. A live performance in Brooklyn was recently captured and aired on NPR’s JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater. A studio recording, enhanced with promotional video, is also out now on CdBaby and iTunes.
The future is bright for this innovative group with various bookings in Charleston, Seattle, New York, Washington D.C and a trip by Blackman to JazzAhead 2014 in Germany to facilitate concerts in Europe.

“…lots of fresh post-bop compositions and twists on familiar pop-rock melodies…”
— Digstation

“...It’s poetry in slow motion, words translated into sound...”
— All About Jazz.com

“...there is something here, a beauty, that is captivating.”
— Joe Locke

After meeting on an Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet gig, rhythm section mates Alan Blackman, Max Murray and Frank Russo immediately knew that they possessed a rare chemistry. It wasn’t long before they teamed up with sax titan Donny McCaslin and recorded their first CD, Turning Point. With an atypical freedom this trio can move between the interpretations of Brahms, The Beatles and Peter Gabriel then into unique original compositions, penned mostly by pianist Blackman. Not limited to the traditional Broadway standards repertoire, Blackman Murray Russo endeavors to open up the popular songs of every era in Western Music to the explorations and fr...

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Past Gigs Blackman Murray Russo

  • 11 | 2015 Baltimore Rolling Stones and Jazz
  • 10 | 2015 Baltimore Richie Cole and BMR with Uptown
  • 09 | 2015 Columbia Monteabaro Hall
  • 08 | 2015 Baltimore with Stan Killian/Francisco Lalo Group
  • 06 | 2015 Washington DC Takoma Park Festival
  • 03 | 2015 Seattle DeMiero Jazz Festival
  • 01 | 2015 Charleston Kiawah Jazz Concert
  • 01 | 2014 New York CMA conference

Discography Blackman Murray Russo

  • 2013 Coastal Suite Album | Top Floor
  • 2011 Turning Point Album | Top Floor

Media

  • Video Coastal Suite
  • Video BLACKMAN MURRAY RUSSO-While...
  • Video BLACKMAN MURRAY RUSSO- Summ...
  • Video Alan Blackman Trio #atlasjazz

Origin

  • Baltimore US

Founded

  • 2008

Members

  • Max Murray bass
  • Frank Russo drums
  • Alan Blackman piano
  • Donny McCaslin sax
  • Rogerio Boccato percussion