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Chicago native Frank Russell has been playing bass since age 14. Throughout his illustrious career, Frank has performed or recorded with Ken Chaney, Wallace Roney, Robert Irving III, Freddie Hubbard, Ramsey Lewis, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Peter Erskine, Alphonse Mouzon and many others. He has also recorded five CDs with Chicago guitarist Henry Johnson and is a past recipient of the Hennessy Best of Chicago Jazz Search with the Ken Chaney Xperience. Frank’s debut CD, Covering All Basses, was released in 2005 with his sophomore follow-up Circle Without End released in 2011.

At present, Frank Russell is in the studio recording a tribute to some of his favorite and most influential bassists in jazz including: Jaco Pastorius, Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller, Darryl Jones and others. The album will feature some of their most iconic recordings, re-arranged and revitalized with a fresh new sonic treatment. Participants in the recording project include Frank’s band with Tim McNamara (sax and flute), Charles Heath (drums), Vijay Tellis-Nayak (keys) and Marco Villarreal (guitar) also, world renown musicians, Robert Irving III (keys), Wallace Roney (trumpet), Henry Johnson (guitar), Dee Alexander (vocals), Khari Parker (drums), Greg Spero (keys) and more.