Sunday, May 31, 2009

A Whole Lot of Gigs...& More!

Hey All,

It's starting to get hot here in NYC - and I don't just mean the weather (heh, heh).

Ok, maybe that's a tired line, but I've got a whole lot cooking right now.:
-The CD, The Russ Spiegel Jazz Orchestra, Transplants is starting to get nationwide radio play, with songs from the album being heard from San Diego to Boston and beyond to France, Germany and Macedonia!
-My interview on is now available to listen to and download:
-I received a commission to write a series of songs for drummer & Michigan native Corey Cook for his New York quartet. 

Plus, apart from my usual regular gigs, I have a couple of highlights for you to check out:

Sunday, June 7th at 3:00 pm I'll be playing in duo with vocalist Michelle Samuels @ 
The Great Neck House
65 Arrandale Avenue, Great Neck, New York 11024
Cost: free
The temperature at Great Neck House will soar when this sultry New York City Jazz singer comes to town. Ms. Samuels is a graduate of NYU who has been playing clubs in the city in support of her debut album, "Across a Crowded Room." Joined by Russ Spiegel on guitar, she specializes in the standards. This promises to be a special show.

The Russ Spiegel Jazz Orchestra is back! After the great response from our last gig we are going to be starting a monthly gig over at the Gershwin Hotel beginning Tuesday, June 16th, playing two sets 8-9pm & 9:30-10:30pm. The price is is $15, which, with 17 musicians in the band comes to less than a buck a musician - the best deal in NYC! Plus, if you come to the first set, you can stay for the second!
The Band:
Russ Spiegel: compositions, arrangements, guitar
Reeds: Rob Wilkerson, Alejandro Aviles, Arun Luthra, Lucas Pino, Frank Basile
Trumpets: Colin Brigstocke, Kenny Lavender, James Smith, David Smith
Trombones: Michael Boscarino, Jack Davis, John Yao, Max Siegel
Rhythm: Art Hirahara (p), Yoshi Waki (b), Chris Benham (dr)
The Gershwin Hotel is located at: 7 East 27th Street
New York, NY 10016


I have a new regular gig starting this Thursday, June 4th, from 7-10pm at a great Greenpoint restaurant called Lamb & Jaffy. The chef Michael DiPrima makes some killin' food, the atmosphere is great, and the garden is total bliss.
Solo Jazz Guitar @ Lamb & Jaffy
1073 Manhattan Ave. in Greenpoint, Brooklyn (between Eagle & Dupont), Brooklyn, New York 11222
(718) 389-3638

PLUS: My usual regular gigs:

I am "O solo mio" - solo jazz guitar, that is - Friday evenings 7-10pm at Il Porto Restaurant (known for its wood burning brick oven pizza!). Located directly across from the entrance to Steiner Studios. Hope to see you there.
37 Washington Avenue at Flushing Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11205
(718) 624-2965

Come on up to Washington Heights for a Jazz Brunch every Sunday 12-3pm - guitar/bass duo at: Jesse's Place - 181st & Pinehurst (A Train to 181st) in Manhattan.

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