Creating Harmony by Stacking Chords

This video featuring Russ demonstrates how to stack chords to create some very interesting harmonies.  A must-see!  (Thanks to JazzVideoGuy on YouTube for sharing!)

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New Yellowjackets album “A Rise In The Road”

Available now from The BuzZ Store, the new Yellowjackets album A Rise In The Road features ten new compositions by the band, and also introduces Felix Pastorius as the band’s new bassist.  About the album’s title:   “It’s about the challenges that people face in their lives and whatever path they are on: It’s not always smooth sailing, it’s not always a level road,” explains Ferrante, with regards to the project’s meaning. “Certainly, over the 32 years that we’ve been a band, we’ve had things come up, challenges such as musicians that have left the band, business people, relationships that you have built over the years. Things come to an end, and you have to meet the challenge and keep going forward.”

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Russ to appear as guest DJ on Sirius/XM

JAM Celebrity DJ Show: Russell Ferrante of The Yellowjackets
Channel: Watercolors, SiriusXM 66
Air dates and times:
Thursday April 11, 2012 @ 12p -2p ET
Saturday April 13, 2012 @ 10a-12p ET
Monday April 15, 2012 @ 6p-8p ET

Watercolors celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month all April long with an amazing lineup of contemporary jazz talent! Today, Watercolors welcomes keyboardist and founding member of the Yellowjackets, Russell Ferrante as your celebrity DJ. We turn the mic over to Russell, sharing songs and stories about making of the upcoming Yellowjackets album A Rise In The Road and what jazz means to him.

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Russ Ferrante Trio Gig, March 3 at Vitello’s

A note from Russ:  ”For those who might be interested, I’ll be playing a trio gig this Saturday night 3/2 at Vitello’s with Steve Schaeffer and Michael Valerio. Hope to see you there.”

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Russ and Bob Mintzer in rare Duet appearance Feb. 13th

The Jazz @ the Clayton Duets Concert Series presents Grammy Award winning pianist and YELLOWJACKETS co-founder/co-leader, Russ Ferrante along with band mate and fellow Grammy winner, saxophonist Bob Mintzer, join forces for a rare duo performance. All ticket sales support MCLM’s K-12 school programming.  Tickets are $30 per person.  
Date and time: Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 at 8:30 p.m.
To purchase tickets by telephone call 310-202-1647 or for more information go or
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January 20, 2013: Russell Ferrante Trio

Join us for a celebration of life, spirit and music!

All Saints Church
Jazz Vespers
Sunday, January 20, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Featuring the Russell Ferrante Trio with Steve Schaeffer, and Michael Valerio.

There is no charge for this service, and no reservations are required. Goodwill offering is accepted.

All Saints Church is located at 132 No. Euclid Avenue, Pasadena, CA.

Questions: Call 626-583-2725.

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