New CD is out!

available at spotify and



Check out Mike's new blog

Kicking the BoBo

available at bandcamp



Upcoming Dates



November 18, 2023

Yorckschlösschen, Berlin

Mike Russell's Funky Soul Kitchen


December 1, 2023

Yorckschlösschen, Berlin

Mike Russell's Funky Soul Kitchen


December 31, 2023

ZigZag Club, Berlin

Mike Russell's Funky Soul Kitchen w./ special guest MFA Kera


Special dedication to Anthony Baggette who has joined the ancestors

"Cool Struttin" vol 1 amber music "Quiet Achievers": Anthony Baggette, James Chaney, Mike Russell
Thanks y'all! for the spoken words of wisdom; we were advocates for the "Climate" before it was hip!

cool struttin'


January 26, 2024

A-Trane, Berlin

Mike Russell's Funky Soul Kitchen


Past Events


April 22, 2023

Weinscheune Kodersdorf

Mike Russell's Funky Soul Kitchen feat. Dorrey Lin Lyles



August 29, 2020

Jazzfestival Prerov, Czech Republic

Mike Russell & Levandek Funky Team



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