Brad Russell

Rock Camp Instructor, Bass Guitar, Interlochen Arts Camp


Masters of Music, University of Miami (studio music & jazz program) BA, Sonoma State University (jazz studies)

Born in Detroit to a multi-talented family, Brad Russell (aka Russo) was raised in a musically diverse household. At the age of seven, Brad joined his two older brothers, they played the Detroit club circuit featuring "little Brad" on vocals. Five years later, Brad gave up the microphone for the acoustic bass; Private studies with Detroit Symphony bassist Maxim Janowsky and virtuoso Gary Karr followed. In high school, Brad won numerous solo bass competitions and scholarships to the Interlochen music academy in northern Michigan. Later, he received a scholarship to the highly acclaimed University of Miami,earning a Masters in Music. While living in Miami, Brad "cut his teeth" on everything from symphonic music to rock cover band gigs. Moving to the San Francisco area, he began playing with Journey guitarist Neal Schon. Word spread quickly and within a short time he was recording for producers Mike Varney (Shrapnel & Blues Bureau Records) and Narada Michael Walden (Columbia & Arista Records). Tours with saxman Clarence Clemons, auditions for rockers David Lee Roth & Ozzy Osbourne and sessions for Pat Travers and Ric Deringer followed. After playing for the west coast production of the broadway musical" Caroline or Change", he decided to relocate to NYC , freelancing on such Broadway hit shows as Grease,Jersey Boys & Memphis.In 2008 Brad auditioned and was hired for guitarist Joe Satriani's world tour. Currently, Brad's CD "Lets Hear It!" features guest appearances by Joe Satriani & Gregg Bissonette. Upon Satriani’s recommendation, Steve Vai listened to Brad's CD and released it on his label "Digital Nations".