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Upcoming Dates


October 11, 2019

Yorckschlösschen, Berlin

Mike Russell's Funky Soul Kitchen


Mike Russell & Levandek Funky Team on tour in Poland!

October 4, Bogart Club - Gomunice

November 2, Center of Art - Wolsztyn

November 8, Cultural Center - Zielona Góra

November 9, Cultural House - Gubin

November 10, Kuźnia Smaku Music Club - Krosno Odrzańskie


October 23, 2019

Badenscher Hof, Berlin

Mike Russell's Funky Soul Kitchen feat. Roby Edwards


November 20, 2019

Badenscher Hof, Berlin

Mike Russell's Funky Soul Kitchen


January 10, 2020

b-flat, Berlin

Mike Russell's Funky Soul Kitchen


Past Events


October 31, 2018

Jazzfestival Tczew/Dirschau, Poland

Mike Russell & friends



April 21, 2018

Jazz Club Kameleon, Kandrzin-Cosel, Poland

Mike Russell & Levandek Funky Team



February 28, 2018

Jazzclub Minsk

Mike Russell & Fuasi Abdul Khaliq



December 31, 2017

Quasimodo, Berlin

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


quasimodo silvester



Mike Russell @Jazzfestival Minsk, February 2017

Photos by Denis Burmakin




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.



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.


In November 2015

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


mit Alex Offener Kanal Berlin, Oktober 2015



plays a 70s Hagstrom guitar