Brooklyn-based trumpeter Russ Johnson is an active performer in jazz, improvised, and contemporary classical music throughout the U.S. and abroad. In addition to leading his own groups and co-leading The Other Quartet and New Math, Russ is currently touring with Lee Konitz' new nonet and the Steve Swallow/Ohad Talmor "L'Histoire du Clochard" sextet. In addition, Russ has performed with a long list of musical heavyweights, including Kenny Wheeler, Bill Frisell, Joe Lovano, Charles Earland, David Liebman, Oliver Lake, Myra Melford, Elvis Costello, Michael Bublé, Curtis Fowlkes, Roy Nathanson, Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, Brian Blade, Dick Oatts, Aretha Franklin, Tony Malaby, and Jenny Scheinman, among others.
Russ is active as an educator/clinician, having taught at colleges and universities across the U.S. and in Europe. He is currently teaching at The Center for Preparatory Studies in Music (CPSM) at Queens College, and at the Maine Jazz Camp as well as Litchfield Jazz Camp.
His new recording, Save Big (OmniTone) label had enthusiastic reviews. It is available online. Russ Johnson is an Endorsing Artist for New York Trumpet Company, and plays NYTC by Possegger Bb trumpet exclusively. He joins Litchfield Jazz Camp as a teaching artist in 2009.