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A founding member of the Yellowjackets Russell Ferrante’s first exposure to music came from his church — where his father was the choir director as well as being a frequent vocal soloist and having a vocal gospel quartet. He began piano lessons at 9 with the expectation that one day he would be the church pianist… but his musical interests took him elsewhere.

Russ has performed with Jimmy Witherspoon, Jim Pepper, Joe Farrell, Joni Mitchell, Bobby McFerrin, Robben Ford, Al Jarreau, Marilyn Scott, Kevyn Lettau, Ernie Watts, Sadao Watanabe, GRP, Big Band, Lee Ritenour, Tom Scott, Take 6, Michael Franks, Eric Marienthal, and Brenda Russell. Russell currently teaches in the Jazz Studies department at USC.

We are thrilled to have Russell — along with Michael Valerio on bass and Steve Schaeffer on drums — back for Jazz Vespers at All Saints Church on Sunday, June 28 at 5:00 p.m. We gather in the intimacy of the Chancel for an extraordinary experience of jazz in-the-round. If you need assistance to get up into the Chancel, please arrive at least five minutes early; wheel chair lift is available. No charge (free will offering taken) and no reservations required. Childcare provided.

Sunday, June 28, 2015, 5 PM.

Join us for an extraordinary celebration of joy, energy and liberation. For more information, call 626.583.2725 (Monday—Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) or jazz@allsaints-pas.org.