Russell Branca

       "For me the ideal jazz bassist has the groove of Paul Chambers, the finesse of Ron Carter, the lyricism of Scott LaFaro, the tone and bass lines of Ray Brown, and Gary Peacock's unlimited imagination" 

....... born in New York City..... grew up in New Jersey ........ starts playing the bass at age 16 ....... Berklee School of Music ............ studies with Bill Curtis ..... roomate with Richie Beirach ..... returns to NJ. .... Rutgers Livingston College Jazz Dept. with Larry Ridley, Kenny Barron, Ted Dunbar, ........ Studies with Homer Mensch of NY Philharmonic ..... Mannes College of Music Orchestra........ Founds the Jazz Musicians Collective of New Brunswick .......

Steve Nelson Quartet ....... begins composing ....... Masters Degree in Italian Literature from Rutgers University ......... moves to Genoa Italy for nine years ......... forms unique vocal group called “Aria Aperta” ........ returns to New York one month before 9/11 .......... an early anti-war activist ....... forms the Russell Branca Quartet featuring original compositions ........ seeks to place his music in the context of a progressive social vision....... not yet dead.      

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