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Instructor of Jazz and Traditiona...

Phone: (804) ***-****  HQ Phone
Email: r***@***.edu
Virginia Commonwealth University
821 W Franklin St
Richmond , Virginia 23284
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
    The Marine Corps Band


  • master's degree , jazz
  • masters degree , jazz
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Richmond Philharmonic Orchestra - Russell Wilson, 8 Sept 2004 [cached]
Russell Wilson, piano
Russell Wilson
[Russell Wilson]Russell Wilson is an Adjunct Professor of Keyboard at Virginia Commonwealth University.A native of Memphis, Tennessee, he is an outstanding classical and jazz pianist who received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Memphis State University.Formerly a member of Virginia Union University's faculty, he now teaches at VCU and at the University of Richmond.Wilson performs regularly with the Russell Wilson Quartet and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra.
Wilson enjoys a distinguished career as a solo and chamber music performer.He is the principal pianist of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra and the Richmond Sinfonia, where he has performed as a soloist and accompanied such world-class artists as Mel Tormé, Dick Hyman, Cab Calloway, Chet Atkins, Steve Allen, and Carol Lawrence.Wilson's performances over the years have been numerous and varied: as pianist with the Joe Kennedy Quartet at the National Association of Jazz Educators Conference in Atlanta; with the Louisville Symphony Orchestra as accompanist for flutist Leslie Burrs; and at the Smithsonian Institution as pianist with Trio Pro Viva, a chamber ensemble devoted to the performance of music by black composers.As a soloist, he has performed Beethoven's Piano Concert No. 1 in C major with the Petersburg Symphony Orchestra; Duke Ellington's New World a'Comin' with the New River Valley and the Richmond Symphony orchestras, and Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major.Wilson was also selected to perform in master classes conducted by Earl Wild and Leon Fleisher.
In addition to his performances, Wilson has conducted improvisational workshops with violinist Joe Kennedy, Jr., for the Richmond Music Teachers Association, Richmond Jazz Society, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and Virginia State University.He has also presented benefit concerts for American Field Services and Richmond Area Retarded Citizens.
As a recording artist, he is featured as soloist on Moonlight Piano and The Memphis Convention.During the summer of 1995 he became pianist for the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra conducted by David Baker and Gunther Schuller and began touring with the SJMO in January, 1996, in celebration of the Smithsonian's 150th year.The group has since traveled throughout the United States, Canada, Spain, Italy, France, London, Istanbul, Helsinki, and The Hague, performing The Cotton Club Revue, featuring the music of Duke Ellington.During July, 2002, in conjunction with the Smithsonian Associates and RAICES Latin Music Museum, Wilson presented a lecture/performance at the Museum of the City of New York.His program traced the development of Latin jazz and its influence on American jazz.He received the 2002 VCU Theresa Pollak Award for excellence in the arts.
For additional information, please contact Professor Wilson directly at
Russell ..., 28 Feb 2015 [cached]
Russell Wilson
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.
Russell Wilson
Give the Gift of Song…, 25 Jan 2015 [cached]
Russell Wilson, Richmond Symphony Principal, Quincy and Anne Owen Cole Chair, Piano & Celeste
Russell Wilson, ..., 1 Jan 2006 [cached]
Russell Wilson, Principal
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.
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