New CD is out!

available at spotify and amazon.de

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Upcoming Dates

 

November 14, 2018

Badenscher Hof, Berlin

Mike Russell's Funky Soul Kitchen

 

November 23, 2018

Loci Loft, Berlin

Mike Russell's Funky Soul Kitchen

 

November 27, 2018

Badenscher Hof, Berlin

Mike's Funky Birthday Bash!

 

December 7, 2018

Café Haberland, Berlin

Mike Russell & MFA Kera - Black Heritage

 

December 8, 2018

Cross Kultur Rathaus Schöneberg, Berlin

Video Presentation "Europe" - Mike Russell & MFA Kera

 

December 12, 2018

Badenscher Hof, Berlin

Mike Russell's Funky Soul Kitchen

 

December 28, 2018

Badenscher Hof, Berlin

Mike Russell & MFA Kera - Black Heritage

 

February 2, 2019

Yorckschlösschen, Berlin

Mike Russell's Funky Soul Kitchen

 

February 15, 2019

Kultraum, Kleinmachnow

Mike Russell's Funky Soul Kitchen

 

April 13, 2019

b-flat, Berlin

Mike Russell & MFA Kera - Black Heritage

 

June 15, 2019

b-flat, Berlin

Mike Russell's Funky Soul Kitchen

 

June 29, 2019

Loci Loft, Berlin

Mike Russell's Funky Soul Kitchen

 

Past Events

 

October 31, 2018

Jazzfestival Tczew/Dirschau, Poland

Mike Russell & friends

 

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April 21, 2018

Jazz Club Kameleon, Kandrzin-Cosel, Poland

Mike Russell & Levandek Funky Team

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February 28, 2018

Jazzclub Minsk

Mike Russell & Fuasi Abdul Khaliq

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December 31, 2017

Quasimodo, Berlin

New Year's Party with Mike Russell's Funky Soul Kitchen w./ special guest MFA Kera

 

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Mike Russell @Jazzfestival Minsk, February 2017

Photos by Denis Burmakin

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Mike Russell


Mike Russell was born in 1952 in Washington D.C. and began studying classical and Flamenco guitar at an early age. His professional career started in the 60s with soul and blues bands.

Song writing and composing was an early interest and this creative side resulted in some studio work with Columbia Records as guitarist and composer. 

The year 1970 was his first record release as composer and the title "Black Woman" was recorded by Grammy nominated Gloria Taylor and culminated in a US tour.

The year 1972 saw his own Jazz-Rock group "Water Forest" perform Andy Warhol at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.

Since moving to Berlin in 1989 he has performed with Eddy Harris, Billy Bang and many others. He formed the Black Heritage Orchestra with singer MFA KERA and released the CD in 1995 which reached the Top 10 European world music charts. He also has created his own Jazz-Soul-Funk sound.

He performed on German TV, Guinness Festival South Africa, Greece, Poland and America and returned to Washington D.C. to perform with Mfa Kera & Black Heritage at the world famous Blues Alley Jazz Club and Smithsonian Center. He was also invited to host special workshops at the George Washington University Jazz Department.

He recently toured in Poland and Ukraine where he counts thousands of fans.

stage

 

Get Real

The Fall

Bustin' Loose

Klos & Dabrowski Project

Thanks to

his fantastic skills Mike was invited to perform with the "Original Michael Jackson Band Immortal Tour" for a Christmas show where he played with Greg Phillinganes, Jonathan Moffet and Mike Phillips.

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In November 2015

a tree was planted in honor of "Mike Russell & Levandek Funky Team" on the Winnica De Sas vineyard in Poland.

Interview

mit Alex Offener Kanal Berlin, Oktober 2015

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Mike

plays a 70s Hagstrom guitar

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