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Upcoming Dates


December 31, 2017

Quasimodo, Berlin

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


quasimodo silvester


February 10, 2018

B-Flat, Berlin

Mike Russell's Funky Soul Kitchen


February 14, 2018

Badenscher Hof, Berlin

Mike Russell's Valentine Special

w./ Katarina Holmberg & Sam Leigh Brown


February 17, 2018

Zig Zag Club, Berlin

Mike Russell's Funky Soul Kitchen


February 24, 2018

Cafe Haberland, Berlin

Mike Russell & MFA Kera - Black Heritage


February 25, 2018

John Barnett Schiffsrestaurant

Mike Russell & Rainer Hess Duo


February 28, 2018

Badenscher Hof, Berlin

Mike Russell's Funky Soul Kitchen

Black History Month Closing Party


March 31, 2018

Loci Loft, Berlin

Mike Russell's Funky Soul Kitchen


July 21, 2018

B-Flat, Berlin

Mike Russell's Funky Soul Kitchen


July 28, 2018

B-Flat, Berlin

MFA Kera & Mike Russell - Black Heritage


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