BEHIND THE MUSIC OF RUSSELL WELCH
RUSSELL WELCH is a jazz guitarist/composer based in New Orleans, and a native of Jackson, Mississippi. He leads the The Russell Welch Hot Quartet (Trio/Duo), a world class, string jazz band in the Django Reinhardt tradition. He is a band member of the Hot Club of New Orleans, Meschiya Lake and Little Big Horns, Jumbo Shrimp Jazz Band, the Shampanyaks (aka Champagniacs), King James and the Special Men, and Neva Wright and the My Bads. He free lances as a recording and on-demand, performing guitarist with many other New Orleans bands, including Aurora Nealand and the Royal Roses, Shotgun Jazz Band, inter alia.
Russell is a "Best Traditional Jazz Artist," "Best Guitarist" nominee, and twice (**) a "Best Traditional Jazz Album" nominee of New Orleans' Offbeat Magazine.
His first album was the all-original "Showarama Hot Trio"(**). His second album, "Pour Vous" featured original arrangements of traditional New Orleans jazz classics. His third, all-original "Mississippi Gipsy" was called "masterful" and a "tour de force" by Offbeat Magazine. The fourth, "Acetate Sessions"(**), a mix of originals and classics, was recorded using acetate masters and 1930's recording equipment, to recreate a vintage recording, which "crackle(s) with the energy of youth discovering someplace magical...(and) sound(s) as fresh as tomorrow" -Offbeat Magazine.
Russell composed, and his band performed, live, a commissioned, original jazz ballet score for "Silk and Smoke," in which the New Orleans Marigny Opera House Ballet Company danced Gretchen Erickson's original choreography. “Silk and Smoke” was selected for performance at the 2019 International Women in Dance Leadership Conference.
Russell has a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Southern Mississippi, where, as a junior, he was named "Outstanding Soloist" and his USM Jazz Sextet the top jazz combo, at the nationally prestigious University of North Texas Jazz Festival. He studied jazz at Jackson (Ms) Public Schools' Academic and Performing Arts Complex (APAC), with Jackson, Ms. jazz guitar virtuoso, Barry Leach, and, in Belgium, with gypsy jazz guitar master, Fappy Lafertin.
Russell and The Russell Welch Hot Quartet have toured the world, performing for festivals, concerts, clubs, and events in 12 countries and counting.
Recently during COVID19 quarantine in New Orleans, Russell has a Gypsy Jazz Happy Hour concert every Monday at 5pm CST. Streaming at
Also creates The Rusty and Fanny Show!, a puppet/music variety program streaming every Wednesday at 6pm CST.
Sample Live Music Band Videos
Russell Welch and Don Vappie duo "Shiek of Araby": https://www.youtube.com/watc
Russell Welch Duo "Sweet Sue": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ow-ZzAMTbZI
Russell Welch Trio "Georgia Cabin": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cW4VbmCnW8A
The Russell Welch All Stars "Joseph, Joseph": https://www.facebook.com/ron.welch.14/videos/10157235804239938/
Russell Welch Mississippi Gipsy Super Band "Dr. Jazz": https://www.facebook.com/ron.welch.14/videos/10155886583334938/
Russell Welch Hot Quintet (club) "Margie" : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWTww4Qymc8
Russell Welch Hot Quartet (CD release) "Explaining Places" and "Mrs. Ladybug's Daydream": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFz80pbXZp
Russell Welch Hot Quartet (club) "Whispering": https://www.facebook.com/frenchmenlive/videos/1738772216138250/?hc_location=ufi
Russell Welch Hot Quartet in Concert Set 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M989LLAQn1c&t=4s
Russell Welch, The Jumbo Shrimp Jazz Band: "Enjoy Yourself": https://www.facebook.com/ron.welch.14/videos/10157101865749938/
Russell Welch, Meschiya Lake & Little Big Horns "Reefer Man": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vY7YRTo6QRI
Russell Welch, The Little Big Horns: "Louisiana Fairy Tale": https://youtu.be/3pYf_9vprEg
Russell Welch, Hot Club of New Orleans "I Saw A Sign": https://www.facebook.com/ron.welch.14/videos/10157165150994938
Russell Welch, Neva Wright and the My Bads "Why Don't You Do Right": https://youtu.be/9HX_W1GYIP4
Russell Welch, New Orleans Swinging Gypsies "Coquette": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccAEGYLGmew
Russell Welch's Django Tribute Band : Balboa Dance Finals: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhINJJQAB34&feature=share
Russell Welch, King James and the Special Men "The Smaller the Club" (R&B)