Thursday, August 4, 2011

Big Update!

Hello Friends, Fans, and Family,

Big happenings since the last update!

The past Monday I had the honor and privilege of working with master singer Mr. Tony Bennett as part of his band for the upcoming season premiere of the hit TV show "Blue Bloods" (which also features Tom Selleck and Donnie Wahlberg). Mr. Bennett was gracious and the consumate professional. This acting thing certainly has its perks....

Also on the film/music front: My short film, Das Boots, will be screening at the Art of Brooklyn Film Festival as part of the short comedy lineup on Sunday, Aug. 21st at 3pm. But get there early, I will be performing before the show with my jazz trio from 2-3pm. This is all happening at:

St. Francis College Theater
180 Remsen St.
Brooklyn NY 11201
For tickets & info:
Don't forget to check the Das Boots website:


Our recent gig of the Russ Spiegel Jazz Orchestra at the Zinc Bar was a tremendous success! We had a very nice crowd and I received a request from the club the very next day for a repeat performance. So, the next date of the RSJO again featuring the amazing chromatic harmonica player, Hendrik Meurkens, the wonderful Israeli vocalist Tammy Scheffer will be:

Wednesday, Aug. 31st 7-9pm (one set only)
Zinc Bar
82 West 3rd Street (btw Thompson & Sullivan)
Greenwich Village New York NY 10012
tel. 212-477-ZINC (9462)

The RSJO is:
Reeds: Rob Wilkerson, Justin Wood, Alejandro Aviles, Jake Saslow, Frank Basile
Trumpets: Colin Brigstocke, James Smith, David Smith, Duane Eubanks
Trombones: Sara Jacovino, Andy Hunter, Matthew McDonald, Brandon Moodie
Rhythm:Mike Eckroth (piano); Yoshi Waki (bass); Eric Halvorson (drums); Todd Isler (perc)
Featuring Special Guests Hendrik Meurkens on chromatic harmonica and vocalist Tammy Scheffer.
Russ Spiegel is the composer, arranger, and guitarist.


Don't forget: This and every Friday and Saturday evening 7:30-10:30pm I am playing dinner jazz duo with bassist Kevin Thomas at:
Il Porto Pizzeria Restaurant
37 Washington Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205
(718) 624-2965


Mid-September I'm off to New York's Finger Lakes to the town of Auburn to play in the pit band for the musical, The Marvelous Wonderettes. More info here:

Merry-Go-Round Playhouse
17 William Street
Auburn, NY 13021
(315) 255-1305‎


And finally - in October I'm headed back to Germany to do a workshop and concert with the Wurzburg Musikhochschule Big Band as well as a number of other gigs. I'm delighted as always to return to my second homeland. It should be a blast!!!

Keep Swinging!