Upcoming Dates

 

April 22, 2017

Quasimodo, Berlin

Funky Soul Kitchen

w./ special guest Sarah Bowden

Record Release Party

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May 3, 2017

Badenscher Hof

Mike Russell Band

 

May 6, 2017

Café Haberland

Mike Russell & MFA Kera w./special guest Akira Ando

 

May 13, 2017

Pomba Gira, Stettin, Poland

Mike Russell & Black Heritage

 

June 16, 2017

6pm Körnerpark, Berlin

Mike Russell & MFA Kera

 

July 14, 2017

8pm Kulturhaus Karlshorst, Berlin

Mike Russell & MFA Kera w./ Black Heritage

 

August 4, 2017

German-American Volksfest, Berlin

Mike Russell & MFA Kera w./ Black Heritage

 

 

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.

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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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Funky Soul Kitchen

Klos & Dabrowski Project

Running for Cover

Free Blues Club