North Coast Trumpeter leads Quintet playing the music of Jazz Legend Horace Silver live at Nighttown!
Featuring: Mark Russo-trumpet, Tim McDonald-sax, Anthony Fuoco-piano, Aidan Plank-bass, & Ricky Exton-drums.
Mark A. Russo is a freelance jazz trumpet player and music educator in the greater Cleveland area. He is currently the director of bands at Constellation Schools: Puritas Community Middle Schools and the former Director of the Garfield Heights High School “Music Express” Show Choir Combo.
Mr. Russo is currently promoting his latest project released on Bugles Media; his debut album entitled NEW AFFIRMATION, which features all original compositions and displays some of the extremely talented musicians on the Cleveland Jazz scene. Mr. Russo is one of the founding members of the Cleveland Jazz Revolution (CJR), an organization of improvising musicians whose goal is to create a stronger sense of community in Cleveland's Jazz Scene as well as a founding member of the JAZZ INITIATIVE which is an ensemble/group dedicated to the advocacy of jazz education in the Greater Cleveland area. In addition, he has been an adjudicator and Guest Artist for the Stow-Munroe Falls middle School Jazz Festival and the Green Local Jazz Festival.
As a performer, Mr. Russo has worked for Carnival Cruise Lines and has performed extensively with such local groups as Bobby Selvaggio's Hedectet Jazz Collective (HJC), The AVENUE from Jerry Bruno Productions, The Jerry Bruno Orchestra, Afterdark, The Tony Camarado Band, The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, The DanJo big band, MOJO Generations Big Band, Transportation Boulevard, The Hermit Club Jazz Orchestra, The Swing City Big Band, Sophisticated Swing, Night Bridge and the Dan Zola Orchestra. He has shared the stage with such artists as Ken Peplowski, Curtis Fuller, Benny Golson, Carl Allen, Ingrid Jensen, John Bailey, Marvin Stamm, Allen Vizzutti, Randy Johnston, Wayne Bergeron, and Mike Lee. Mr. Russo has received recognition for his achievements in jazz winning Kent State University’s Walter Watson Jazz Achievement Award (2001, 2002) and the BGSU Jazz Achievement Award (1998).
He has also studied trumpet and arranging with Todd Davidson, Brad Goode, Jeffery Halsey, Russell Schmidt, Chris Buzzelli, Jack Shantz, Michael Chunn, Dennis Reynolds, Chas Baker, and Paul Ferguson.
From the perspective of the 21st century, it is clear that few jazz musicians had a greater impact on the contemporary mainstream than Horace Silver.
Silver worked with Stan Getz for a year, then began to freelance around NYC with such big-time players as Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Oscar Pettiford and Lou Donaldson. In 1953, he joined forces with Art Blakey to form a cooperative under their joint leadership. The band's first album, Horace Silver and the Jazz Messengers, was a milestone in the development of the genre that came to be known as hard bop. Many of the tunes penned by Silver for that record -- "The Preacher," "Doodlin'," "Room 608" -- became jazz classics. By 1956, Silver had left the Messengers to record on his own. The series of Blue Note albums that followed established him for all time as one of jazz's major composer/pianists.