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Instructor of Jazz and Traditiona...

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Virginia Commonwealth University
1001 East Broad Street PO Box 980471
Richmond , Virginia 23298
United States

Company Description: About VCU and the VCU Medical Center: Located on two downtown campuses in Richmond, Va., Virginia Commonwealth University is ranked nationally by the Carnegie...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member
    President's Own US Marine Band
  • Member
    Marine Band


  • master's degree , jazz
  • masters degree , jazz
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The Theatre at Washington, Virginia - element, 28 Feb 2015 [cached]
Russell Wilson
Ragtime Piano
Saturday, February 28, 2015, at 8 p.m.
Russell Wilson, Jazz Pianist
Music from the 1890s to the 1930s
Russell Wilson, a Theatre favorite, is back with a rousing Ragtime piano concert. Russell Wilson performs solo piano works by composers such as Scott Joplin, Joseph Lamb, Jelly Roll Morton, James P. Johnson, Zez Confrey, Eubie Blake, George Gershwin, Claude Debussy, and Billy Mayerl.
"Ragtime can be thought of as Dixieland jazz for solo piano," says Wilson. Sometimes, he explains, Ragtime music can sound as if the tuba and banjo are being played by the left hand while the melody in the right hand is being played on a trumpet or clarinet.
In 2013, pianist Russell Wilson won first place in the World Championship Old Time Piano Playing contest and in 2010, he won first place in the Carolina Ragtime Competition and second place in the World Championship Old Time Piano Playing contest. Since 2002, he has been a member of the Presidents Own US Marine Band where he plays all kinds of music styles on the piano, harpsichord, accordion, and keyboard in public concerts and private receptions at the White House and around the Washington, D.C. area. Russell and his wife, Elizabeth, live in College Park, Maryland, with their four children.
Richmond Symphony, 1 Nov 2012 [cached]
Russell Wilson Richmond Symphony
Russell Wilson
Principal, Quincy and Anne Owen Cole Chair Piano & Celeste
Russell Wilson, a native of Memphis, Tennessee, is an outstanding classical and jazz pianist who received his B.M. and M.M. degrees from the University of Memphis (formerly Memphis State University). Formerly a member of Virginia Union University's music faculty, he now teaches at the University of Richmond, Virginia Commonwealth University, performs with the Russell Wilson Quartet, the Smithsonian Jazz Orchestra and was pianist with the Joe Kennedy Quartet.
Wilson enjoys a distinguished career as a solo and chamber performer.
Wilson has performed Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major with the Petersburg Symphony Orchestra; Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major with the Reston Community Orchestra; Duke Ellington's New World a' Comin' with the New River Valley, Richmond Symphony and Arkansas Symphony orchestras. His 2006 performance of Gershwin's Rhapsody In Blue with the Richmond Philharmonic Orchestra contained improvisational interludes interlaced with the usual solo passages.
Smithsonian Jazz - Jazz Exhibits, Jazz Events, Smithsonian Masterworks Orchestra, Jazz Listserv, Jazz Merchandise, 16 Dec 2010 [cached]
Russell Wilson
Russell Wilson
Russell Wilson is currently the principal pianist of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra and the Richmond Sinfonia, and has accompanied artists such as Mel Tormé, Richard Hayman, and Cab Calloway.
Callaway Family Association - Annual Meetings, 29 April 2006 [cached]
9:00 P.M. Entertainment: Russell Wilson, Classical Pianist, Richmond Symphony
The gift will fund the endowment ..., 26 June 2007 [cached]
The gift will fund the endowment of the principal chair for piano/celeste currently held by Richmond Symphony Orchestra member Russell Wilson.
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