"Russell is not only the most sought after guitarist in New Orleans, he is also one of the finest Django style players in the world!" - Django a Gogo Festival 2022

RUSSELL WELCH is a jazz guitarist/composer based in New Orleans, and a native of Jackson, Mississippi.

Russell is a New Orleans' "Best Traditional Jazz Artist" and "Best Traditional Jazz Album" 2019 nominee. He was New Orleans' "Best Guitarist" nominee, 2016. Russell's first, all-original album, "Showarama Hot Trio," was also a New Orleans' "Best Traditional Jazz Album" 2012 nominee. Russell's second album, "Pour Vous" featured original arrangements of traditional New Orleans jazz classics. His third, all-original album, Russell Welch Hot Quartet album "Mississippi Gipsy" (2015) was reviewed as "masterful" and a "tour de force" by Offbeat Magazine. 

Russell was recently asked to teach and perform at two of the most prestigious Django festivals in North America - Django a Go Go (2022), and Django in June (2022).

Russell's fourth album, "Acetate Sessions" is a New Orleans' "Best Traditional Jazz Album" 2019 nominee A mix of originals and classics, It was recorded using acetate masters and vintage recording equipment, to recreate vintage recording sounds, which, according to an Offbeat Magazine review, "crackle with the energy of youth discovering someplace magical...(and) sound as fresh as tomorrow." 

Russell is a guitarist with many different bands based in New Orleans including: Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns, The Hot Club of New Orleans, King James and the Special Men, and The Jumbo Shrimp Jazz Band.

In January 2019, Russell and band performed his original musical score for the jazz ballet, "Silk and Smoke," with New Orleans Marigny Opera House Ballet dancers performing Gretchen Erickson's original choreography. “Silk and Smoke” was selected for performance at the 2019 International Women in Dance Leadership Conference.

Russell holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Southern Mississippi, where, as a junior, he was named "Outstanding Soloist" at the nationally prestigious University of North Texas Jazz Festival, featuring auditioned college jazz bands and musicians from 30 states. He has studied jazz at Jackson (Ms) Public Schools' Academic and Performing Arts Complex (APAC), with Jackson, Mississippi's 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.

The Russell Welch Hot Quartet (Jazz 2010-)

Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns (Jazz 2010-)

Squirrel Nut Zippers (Featured Guitarist 2020)

The Rusty and Fanny Show (Variety 2020)

Russell's Eight Track (Indie Rock 2003-)

King James and the Special Men (Fire 2019-)

Showarama Hot Trio (Jazz 2012-)

The Hot Club of New Orleans (Jazz 2018-)

Jumbo Shrimp Jazz Band (Jazz 2010-)

Champagniacs (Tube/Fiddle/Guitar trio 2018-)

Ballet Music (Commissioned Composition 2017)

Doro Wat (Engineered/Mixed/Mastered 2019)