Jun. 01, 2017Charm City Combos!!!
Super excited to partner with Jazzway 6004 to offer adult ensemble opportunities in the Baltimore area! Website is under construction and we are looking to form groups of like-minded players at similar skill and experience levels ASAP. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-365-9983!
Jan. 11, 2017Finishing mixing for the forthcoming CD
Blackman Murray Russo are finalizing there latest project featuring Gilad Hekselman and Todd Marcus. Look for it to drop in late Fall on Summit Records!
Jul. 25, 2016Back from Europe: new gigs
Finally home from a great two weeks in Germany, Italy and Switzerland. Two concerts with Todd Marcus group featuring Michael Bowie and vocalist Marianne Solivan: Saturday July 23rd at Southwest Festival and Benjamin Banneker concert series. Hope to see you there!
Jun. 14, 2016Recording new CD with Gilad Hekselman
Blackman Murray Russo are tracking their next recording at Skyline in NJ with guitarist Gilad Hekselman and bass clarinetist Todd Marcus on board as guest artists!
Jun. 02, 2016Quartet at 49 West
Jeff Antoniuk and Blackman Murray Russo play from 8-11 p.m. Come on out as we finalize music for our upcoming recording!
Jun. 01, 2016Homeslyce Session 8- 11 p.m.
Musicians come and sit in with the house band at Homeslyce in Mount Vernon. Band: Todd Marcus, Jon Pineda, Abinnet Berhanu and myself. No Cover!
May. 05, 2016South Carolina shows with Uptown
Blackman Murray Russo strikes again as the band for this vocal ensemble as we play 3 shows in South Carolina
Feb. 09, 2016Blues Alley with Irene Jalenti quartet
Get your tickets now to hear a great singer interpreting classics from the Brazilian and Italian tradition as well as covers by pop singers like Nick Drake!
Jan. 08, 2016Blues Alley with Uptown
Two nights with this extra special vocal group and Richie Cole!
Dec. 31, 2015New Year's with Gail Marten and Herman Burney
Trio performing at the Chesapeake Bay Hyatt Resort on the Eastern Shore of Maryland!
Dec. 05, 2015Tessa Souter/Alan Blackman in Chapel Hilll
Private concert in North Carolina
Dec. 04, 2015Tessa Souter at An Die Musik
She's back for another intimate duo show with yours truly!
Nov. 19, 2015Warren Wolf and Nico Sarbanes at An Die Musik
Excited to join these guys for an evening of originals and jazz standards. Two shows: 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Nov. 14, 2015HCC Faculty concert with Matt Belzer, guest artist
Next installment of the fabulous HCC faculty Jeff Reed, Mike Kuhl and myself. This show will feature the Head of Jazz from UMBC, saxophonist Matt Belzer!
Nov. 07, 2015Rolling Stones Tribute
Creative Alliance is putting on this fabulous multi-band show featuring all covers of the Rolling Stones music. Blackman Murray Russo will be featured as the jazz ensemble for this concert!
Oct. 10, 2015Richie Cole and Uptown at An Die Musik
Come hear alto legend Richie Cole light it up with the Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet featuring Blackman Murray Russo!
Oct. 09, 2015Aspen Institute with Jeff Antoniuk Group
Great private gig featuring Mike Pope, Jeff Antoniuk, Eric Kennedy and Donato Soviero!
Sep. 09, 2015Homeslyce Jam Session 8-11 p.m.
Todd Marcus has me in the house band most of the Wednesdays in September. Come on out and enjoy great pizza, craft beer and high-end jazz!
Aug. 01, 2015Exciting concerts with Stan Killian, Craig Alston and others this month
Honored to be playing some great shows in August with Stan Killian, Francisco Lalo de Larea, Craig Alston, Theljon Allen, Samir Moulay, Max Murray and Lee Pearson. All show at An die Musik in Baltimore! More info on the Itinerary page...
Jun. 12, 2015Jimmy Master quartet in Williamsburg!
Excited to return to my old stomping grounds for a concert of original music with Jimmy Masters, Jae Sinnett, JC Kuhl and myself. See the itinerary tab for more details!
Feb. 14, 2015Tessa Souter at An Die Musik
Excited to be joining this great singer for two shows on Valentine's Day at An Die Musik in Baltimore. 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. sets. Hope to see you there!
Jan. 16, 2015Light as a Feather Tribute
We are playing all of the songs in album order from this great Return to Forever recording. Come on out to hear this rare treat featuring Irene Jalenti, Craig Alston, Max Murray, Eric Kennedy and myself.
Sets at 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Dec. 13, 2014Craig Alston/Irene Jalenti Group
Concert at St. James Episcopal church from 1-4 p.m. Band includes Craig Alston, Max Murray, Eric Kennedy!
Oct. 23, 2014Blackman Murray Russo in Concert
Howard Comm. College
November 23rd at 4 p.m.
Sep. 10, 2014Check out new videos of the trio!
Hip videographer Taco has put up some great clips of Blackman Murray Russo. Enjoy!
Aug. 09, 2014Trio with Michael Formanek and Devin Gray
new original music written for this group! Two sets 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Apr. 23, 2014JazzAhead in Germany!
getting prepped for my first trip to this great event in Bremen! Coastal Suite selling time!
Mar. 20, 2014New videos of Blackman Murray Russo
had a great time playing some music with the trio. Take a peek and give a thumbs up if you like it!
Mar. 09, 2014Seattle for the DeMiero Jazz Festival
playing for clinics and backing up the Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet
Jan. 18, 2014Showcase at the CMA Conference in NYC
happy to show the Coastal Suite to the artists and presenters at the annual Chamber Music America event!
Nov. 24, 2013Duo Concert with Joe Locke
Oct. 06, 2013CD Release Party at Shapeshifter Lab in Brooklyn
Coastal Suite CD release show at this new exciting venue in Brooklyn. One set at 9:30 p.m. Tickets $10 at the door. Did I mention that Donny McCaslin is on this hit?
Jul. 25, 2013Accepted to Banff Residency
details TBA soon!
Jul. 24, 2013Tom Guarna Quartet at An Die Musik
Mike Pope, Tom Guarna, Warren Wolf, and me for two sets of great original music!
Mar. 22, 2013new gig I-BEAM in Brookyln and studio recording to follow
The Coastal Suite comes to NYC with Donny McCaslin, Rogerio Boccato and my trio on March 22. We record at Water Music in Hoboken the following two days!
Feb. 01, 2013Film music session in Los Angeles
Great time in LA recording some of my writing for film!
Jan. 09, 2013Link to some film/tv work
Dec. 08, 2012Next 2 Piano series concert with Helen Sung!
Excited to welcome this great musician from NYC. Concert is Feb. 24th at 4 p.m. at Monteabaro Hall at Howard Comm. College in Columbia, Maryland.
Nov. 03, 2012Song on Grey's Anatomy this Thursday at 9 p.m. EST
one of my jazz library has been licensed to use on primetime television show GREY'S ANATOMY this Thursday!
Oct. 30, 2012Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet CD Release Party!
Join us at Blues Alley for a great evening of vocal jazz!
Oct. 24, 2012ATLAS THEATER in D.C. 8 p.m.
Official premiere of the Coastal Suite featuring Donny Mcaslin, Rogerio Boccato and my trio. Projected images from artist Ruth Brownlee will accent this Chamber Music America grant composition.
Aug. 17, 2012The Coastal Suite @ An Die Musik
First Performance of my new suite featuring Donny McCaslin, Rogerio Boccato and Blackman Murray Russo.
8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. shows
Jun. 01, 2012BeMo Jazz presents D.C Jazz Series
this Friday June 1st--Westminster Church
next Friday--Blackman Murray Russo at the B Spot Gallery with special guest Craig Alston on sax!
May. 19, 2012Joni Mitchell Project
exciting cover project with vocalist Marianne Metheny-Katz, premieres at Germano's In Baltimore!
Band is Craig Alston, Jeff Reed, Eric Kennedy, Michael Raitzyk, and me.
May. 17, 2012May 18 An Die Musik with Benny Russell Group--May 19 Joni Mitchell Project
Friday May 18 Benny Russell Group 2 sets @An Die Musik in Baltimore
Saturday May 19 Joni Mitchell Project at Germano's in Baltimore
May. 01, 2012Raul Soot Concert @An Die Musik May 1
excited to perform with this amazing composer/saxophonist from Estonia, along with Kris Funn, Todd Marcus, and Jon Seligman
Apr. 29, 2012Craig Alston Live CD Recording Concert
band is Theljon Allen, Jeff Reed, Eric Kennedy, Corey Wallace, and leader Craig Alston.
4-8 p.m. Eubie Blake Cultural Center
Apr. 15, 2012Premiere of The Coastal Suite set for August 17 in Baltimore
This new commission from Chamber Music America will feature Donny McCaslin, Rogerio Boccato, and my trio--Blackman Murray Russo. Super excited to finally play this music!
We will follow that with a second premiere in Washington D.C. on October 24th at the incredible ATLAS THEATER!
Mar. 12, 2012Excited to win another MSAC grant
Instrumental Solo Performance for 2012! Many thanks to this great organization that does so much to support art in Maryland.
Mar. 04, 2012last minute recording session of some original music by Warren Wolf
with Kris Funn, Lee Pearson II, Samir Moulay, Theljon Allen, and Corey Wallace at Peabody studio
Feb. 05, 2012Orrin Evans 2 Piano Concert
Great concert with Orrin Evans in continuation of the 2 Piano Series at Howard Community College!
Jan. 12, 2012Buy the new Cd: The 2 Piano Project
featuring duets with Vardan Ovsepian, Sunna Gunnlaugs, Clay Giberson, and Harry Appelman
May. 20, 2011Just Announced: CMA New Works Jazz Commission 2011
I have been selected to receive funding for three years to compose, perform, and record a new suite of long-form jazz composition. Big thank you's to Chamber Music America and the Doris Duke Foundation for this prestigious award!
May. 06, 2011HCC Concerts for 2011-12 Announced
Donny McCaslin will join Blackman/Murray/Russo in October and
Orrin Evans will join me for the next installment of 2 Pianos in February.
Very excited to add both of these shows!
Mar. 14, 20112 New Shows added
April 12 @ Howard Comm. College w/ Harry Appelman 7:30 p.m.
The continuation of my 2 Piano Series
April 16 @ An Die Musik w/ Mike Pope(Chick Corea) & Rogerio Boccato(Joe Lovano, John Patitucci) 8 & 9:30 p.m. sets
Feb. 15, 2011Blackman Murray Russo
Feb. 20 at HCC's Monteabaro Hall 4 p.m.
Feb. 25 Jazz at the Winery Chester Md. 7 p.m.
Feb. 07, 2011Just received new grant for World Music
Proud to have received my 4th MSAC grant. This one is for World Music and I couldn't be happier. More to come on the exciting new project that these funds will help kickstart!
Jan. 25, 2011This Thursday Latin Jazz with Mike Pope, Joe McCarthy
at Talara in Harbor East from 8-11 p.m. No Cover
Dec. 20, 2010January 7th Live recording from An Die Musik
The Todd Marcus Nonet will be performing 2 sets, both of which will be recorded live at An Die Musik in Baltimore for future use. More details to come soon....
Oct. 12, 2010New gigs
Nov. 5th A little bit of Tuscany in Westminster 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Nov. 6th Creme(formerly Ixia) 9-12midnight with Eric Kennedy
Nov. 7th Creme with Todd Marcus Nonet 5-8 p.m.
Nov. 18 Talara in Baltimore with Mike Pope 8-11 p.m.
Nov. 21 Howard Comm. Coll. 2 Pianos w/Steve Kessler 4 p.m.
Oct. 04, 2010Buy the new CD online at the following sites...
Sep. 03, 2010Gigs
9/3 at 49WEST in Annapolis 8 p.m. + 10 p.m. sets $10
9/16 at Talara in Baltimore 8-11 p.m. latin jazz trio
9/18 BlackmanMurrayRusso at the Avalon Theater
Stoltz Listening Room 8 p.m. tickets $20
9/21 with Todd Marcus quartet at Martha's Place(private)
9/23 Cross Keys Radisson with Craig Alston/Jeff Reed 6-9 p.m.
10/3 B,M,Russo at HCC Monteabaro Hall 4 p.m.
10/9 Jazzway concert with Marianne Metheny-Katz
Aug. 20, 2010Track one from Turning Point on NPR
Talk of the Nation used Brahms Op. 39 from my latest CD as bumper music on Wed. August 18. Very Cool!
Aug. 16, 2010New Cd available on iTunes
Aug. 15, 2010Music on TV Pt. 2
Recorded another piano song of Scott Joplin music for primetime television. This time its for the new version of Hawaii Five-O!
Jul. 21, 2010THE CD IS HERE!
Excited to have it hand. CdBaby and Itunes to follow very soon!
Hit me up if you would like a physical CD!
Jul. 21, 2010DigStation is the best place to download the new CD
Jul. 17, 2010Playing 2 dates with Steel Pan Legend, Othello Molineaux
BMA Sculpture Garden Series
Saturday July 17 7 p.m.
Jazz in Bushnell Park Series
Monday July 19 7:30 p.m.
Jul. 05, 2010New gigs added and CD has gone to press
Next week is a busy week, starting with an Out of Your Head performance at the Windup Space on Tuesday night and 4 performances at Artscape! 2 sets as a sideman on Friday at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., the Chick Webb Competition Saturday at 5 p.m. with Craig Alston, and finally a 5:30 p.m. show with BlackmanMurrayRusso in anticipation of our new CD release. Its at Discmakers now being prepped for replication! stay tuned......
May. 31, 20102 Piano Concert with Sunna Gunnlaugs
Excited to add this show at Howard Comm. College on June 15th at 7:30 p.m. This fabulous pianist from Iceland will join me on the 9 foot Steinways of Monteabaro Hall for a whole lot of improvised music. Come on out !
May. 14, 2010Music on TV
Excited to have a song closing this weeks episode of the NBC hit TV show, PARENTHOOD! Its an arrangement of Scott Joplin's Solace...
May. 05, 2010Grants
Happy to receive another MSAC grant for performance and the Creative Baltimore Fund Grant for 2010 !!!
May. 03, 2010Artscape
My trio has been added to the Artscape Festival on the Baltimore Jazz Alliance Stage. Look for us Sunday July 18th at 5:30-6:30 p.m!!
Take a listen to the songs on the LISTEN tab and please sign the GUESTBOOK if you like what you hear!
Mar. 01, 2010New Gigs Added
April 13th HCC Faculty Quintet on campus 7:30 p.m.
April 14th HCC trio w/Amy Shook Frank Russo noon-1 p.m.
April 17th Jazzway 6004 Billie Holiday/Cab Calloway winners 8:30pm
April 28th HCC Quartet noon- campus quad @1 p.m.
May 20th with Uptown at the Smithsonian 5-8 p.m.
Jan. 21, 2010Upcoming Happenings
Jan. 22 in WVa with Uptown Jazz Vocal Quartet 8 p.m.
Jan. 24 Recording quartet at Top Floor Studios
Feb. 12 Stan Killian trio Baltimore 7 p.m.
Feb. 13 with Marissa Muro 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 16 HCC Faculty Gig 5 p.m.
Feb. 24 Marissa Muro @Roland Park Place 8 p.m.
Oct. 10, 2009Jazzway Gala Concert
Sep. 24, 2009HCC Faculty Concert
Sep. 20, 20092 Pianos with Clay Giberson
live show at HCC Montebaro Hall
Aug. 28, 2009THREE at An die Musik
Aug. 12, 2009Recording at Bennett Studios with Donny and THREE
Three days of recording bliss at an incredible space in englewood, nj.