John started playing guitar at the age of thirteen. After exploring many different musical styles he immersed himself in the study of jazz guitar under the mentorship of Alvin Dyers.
John has performed with some of South Africa’s finest musicians such as Willie van Zyl, Errol Dyers, Basil Moses, Lionel Beukes, the late Nic le Roux, Kevin Gibson, Darryl Andrews and the Cape Town Jazz Orchestra. From 2009 to 2010 his group performed at the Signal Restaurant in the Cape Grace Hotel, with a fantastic response. John’s repertoire includes classic, swinging jazz standards mixed with Latin styles like the Bossa Nova and the Samba. Russell performs solo, as part of a duo, trio, quartet or quintet; with vocals, saxophone, trumpet, piano, bass or drums.
John’s mellow tone and extensive performing experience at South Africa’s most up-market venues makes him a perfect addition to any event.