Litchfield Jazz Festival & Jazz Camp

Teaching Artists

Russ Johnson

Russ Johnson

Russ Johnson

Trumpet

Trumpeter Russ Johnson is a recent Midwest transplant after spending 23 years as an important member of New York City’s jazz community. He has 7 recordings as a leader or co-leader and performed on more than 75 recordings as a sideman. Russ has worked alongside many of the legendary figures in jazz including Lee Konitz, Steve Swallow, Bill Frisell, and Joe Lovano. In addition, he has recorded and/or performed with a long list of the most prominent musicians currently on the international jazz scene, including Myra Melford, Ken Vandermark, and Tony Malaby. Russ has performed in more than 40 countries across the globe.  His most recent recordings, "Meeting Point" and "Still Out To Lunch" received 4 1/2 & 4 stars respectively from Down Beat Magazine and appeared on many "Best Recordings of 2014" lists.  Russ currently serves as Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Wisconsin Parkside.