Russ Nolan’s music is often described as High-Energy Modern Jazz that both satisfies the intellect of its musical peers and speaks to everyone on a soulful level. Called a ‘renaissance man’ by those close to him, he has taken his experiences in sports, martial arts, business, after-school program volunteering, music education, and other activities to relate to a wider audience.
Russ is an accomplished and active Salsa dancer in NYC and has used his inspiration on the dance floor to craft his last two Latin and Modern Jazz releases Tell Me (2012) and Relentless (January 2014) featuring Latin Jazz Grammy Nominee Manuel Valera on piano. His original compositions draw influences from Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Bill Evans, Chick Corea and are infused with Afro-Cuban, Samba, Bossa Nova, Bolero, and Mambo rhythms.
“Besides being graced with clarity in tone, originality and fluent, assertive phrasing, saxophonist Russ Nolan is a rhythm master.”
“Since immersing himself in the study of salsa dancing seven years ago to heighten his rhythmic sensibility, the agile-fingered tenor and soprano saxophonist has developed a percussionist’s deep feel for time, and is much at home grooving in Latin jazz and odd time signatures, constantly shuffling his approaches to space and time.”
— Owen McNally, WNPR News
“Relentless delivers an enjoyable offering of new and vibrant material by Russ Nolan and
his side-musicians that will satisfy not only the jazz fan, but will also be appreciated
by the listener that prefers their music coming from a strong Latin and salsa rhythmic foundation.”
— Jeffrey Uhrich, All About Jazz
Mike Eckroth / Piano
Dan Foose / Bass
Brian Fishler / Drums
Russ Nolan / saxes & compositions
RUSS NOLAN QUARTET at Terraza 7, on Thursday April 16th, 2015, at 9:00 pm.
$7 cover for mezzanine.