Trumpeter Russ Johnson is fast becoming one of the most sought after performers in the New York "downtown" music scene.  In addition to leading his own groups, and co-leading The Other Quartet, Russ has performed and/or recorded with a long list of musical heavyweightsincluding; Lee Konitz, Steve Swallow, Kenny Wheeler, Bill FrisellJoe Lovano, Richie Beirach, Mark Ribot, David Liebman, Joe Maneri, The Jazz Passengers, Elvis Costello, Debbie Harry, Curtis Fowlkes, Roy Nathanson, Lou ReedLaurie Anderson, Tony Malaby, and Mat Maneri.

His debut recording as a leader, Save Big, is on OmniTone.  He is also heard on two other OmniTone recordings, One Block from Planet Earth by Mick Rossi and Line Zero by Christof Knoche, as well as on a duo recording with Mick Rossi of improvisations on ToneScience, New Math.

ecent discography of Russ Johnson

As a leader or co-leader:

  • Russ Johnson Quartet: Save Big (OmniTone) [more info]
  • The Other Quartet: Sound Stains (Knitting Factory)
  • The Other Quartet: 13 Pieces (Knitting Factory)
  • Russ Johnson/Mick Rossi: New Math (ToneScience) [more info]

As a sideman:

  • Steve Swallow/Ohad Talmor 6tet: 
    L'histoire du Clochard (The Bum's Tale) (Palmetto)
  • Jenny Scheinman: The Rabbi's Lover (Tzadik Records)
  • Jenny Scheinman: Shalagaster (Tzadik)
  • Deidre Rodman: Simple Stories (Sunnyside)
  • Deidre Rodman: Sun Is Us (Sunnyside)
  • Curtis Fowlkes: Reflect (Knitting Factory)
  • Christof Knoche: Line Zero (OmniTone) [more info]
  • Kris Davis: Lifespan (Fresh Sounds New Talent)
  • New Talent Jazz Orchestra: The Sound of New York Jazz Underground 
    (Fresh Sounds New Talent)
  • Roy Nathanson (featuring Elvis Costello & Debbie Harry): 
    Fire at Keaton's Bar & Grill (Six Degrees)
  • Nicolas Masson: Awake (Altrisuoni)
  • Johnnie Valentino: 
    Eight Shorts in Search of David Lynch (ToneScience) [more info]
  • Mick Rossi: One Block from Planet Earth (OmniTone) [more info]

[Many of the above CDs are available in the OmniTone store.  Click here to see a list of CDs with Russ Johnson in the OmniToneStore.]