Guitarist Ray Russell Jazz R&B Fusion Rock 606 club Chelsea Live Music606 CLUB INTERVIEW: RAY RUSSELL
Thursday December 6 | 8:30pm

Guitarist Ray Russell has played with music legends including David Bowie, Gill Evans, Jack Bruce, Freddie Mercury, Van Morrison and dozens more in a career spanning four decades. He's also an in-demand composer for flim & television, winning the Royal Television Award two years running for his original work. Ray will be joined by bassist Mo Foster & drummer Gary Husband for his 606 Club date playing songs from his current CD, "30 Miles Out" as well as previewing new songs from his upcoming project, "Moon Dog."


When did you first become interested in music, and what circumstances or events led to your becoming a professional musician?

I read in the Melody Maker that John Barry was auditioning for a guitarist to Join the John Barry 7. I learned all the tracks I could from records and went to the audition. I couldn't read music so when I was given the guitar parts, I just looked at the titles and played them from memory. Thankfully the bluff worked. I was only 18 and the guys in the band were great, they looked after me and taught me a lot about music and life!

Who is your greatest musical influence?

This is a hard one. I'm so influenced by all kinds of music. If it's Jazz, I would say Gill Evans and John Coltrane.

If you were stranded on a desert island and could only have three recordings with you, what would they be?

This is the first time I have ever been asked this. I would say, Sketches Of Spain, Delius, North Country Sketches. And Are you Experienced By Jimi Hendrix.

What inspires you most?

People that just can't live without music!

Describe your most exciting gig or session, ever.

Well, there have been lots of many enjoyable moments but I guess it was working with the Gill Evans band and then walking up the street to a studio around 3 in the morning to record with Tina Turner. (One of these tracks was 'Lets Stay Together' which was a big hit for Tina.)

Complete this thought: “I’d really love to meet…” .

Myself at 12 years old and tell myself not to worry so much about becoming a professional musician. Or, I would love to Jam with the early John Coltrane quartet.

Do you think success in the music industry is 90% perspiration & 10% inspiration, luck, or
something else altogether?

Ha, Ha! 5 Litres of Passion, 4 Litres of woodshedding, and 2.5 Litres of networking.


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