Russell Hall is a Grammy and Emmy nominated bassist, singer, composer and educator who performs domestically and internationally. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, he currently resides in the mecca for jazz in the world, New York City. He started playing the double bass at the age of 14 when he was invited to attend Dillard Center For the Arts as a part of the jazz ensemble. While at Dillard, Russell took part in the internationally acclaimed Essentially Ellington Jazz Competition where the ensemble placed second in 2010 and first from 2011-2012. Additionally, Russell was awarded the prize of “Most Outstanding Bassist” for all three years of his participation. While in high school, he also garnered national acclaim as a member of the 2012 Jazz Band of America, the Vail Jazz Workshop, as well as being a Young Arts and Grammy Jazz Ensemble Finalist. A highlight for Hall also included a write up in Jet Magazine by jazz ambassador Wynton Marsalis as being “A Jazz Star of The Future” while at the tender age of 17.
Russell is a graduate of the prestigious Juilliard School where he was a student of master bassists Ron Carter and Ben Wolfe. Currently, Russell can be seen at some of New York’s most renowned jazz venues such as Jazz at Lincoln Center, Small’s, Smoke, The Blue Note, The Jazz Standard and Ginny’s Supper Club with artists such as Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Wayne Shorter, Roy Haynes, The Heath Brothers, Jon Hendricks, Kathleen Battle, Herlin Riley, Cyrus Chestnut, Jimmy Cobb, Jon Batiste and Stay Human, Mwenso and the Shakes, Emmet Cohen and Harold Mabern among others. Russell was also a part of the EMMY nominated film “HBO: Masterclass with Wynton Marsalis” where he, along with other students, were coached by Marsalis and featured in a performance with the Marsalis. Russell has also been fortunate to bring jazz around the world at venues in Japan, Israel, Russia, Europe, Cape Verde, South America and his home, the Caribbean.