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Paulo Russo

Paulo Russo is from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and is recognized internationally as one of the best accoustic jazz bass players in the world. Paulo Russo also acts as an arranger , composer and professor. He received an accoustic guitar as a present from his father and started to play by ear at the age of 11. He went on to take the electric bass at 16 years, insentivated by saxafonist Zito Righi in his first work as a professional. He played 3 years with Righi, with whom he made his first apearance on a vynil record. Influenced by Bossa Nova, he accompanied Leny Andrade, Toquinho, Tania Maria , Ivan Lins, Spanky Wilson , Jeanie Bryson, Sally Baldwin , and other singers. Helio Delmiro reccomended him to Victor Assis Brasil to join his group when he toured the United States. In 1976 he started playing the accoustic bass developing rapidly his technique. He went on to play with Tom Jobim, Hermeto Pascoal, Luis Eça , Gilson Peranzzetta , Mauro Senise , Jeremy Steig , Steve Grossman, Paulo Moura, Helio Celso, Marcio Montarroyos, Raul de Souza , and various other players, national and international . He impressed critic Leonard Feather during a presention of the Victor Assis Brasil Quartet at the Sao Paulo Jazz Festival. The bass players that have influenced Paulo’s style were Ray Brown, Scott La Faro and Eddie Gomez. He has recorded on more than 300 records national and international . And records under his name like “Baixo de Pau”, “Sem Fronteiras”, among others. He has recorded on more than 10 records for american drummer Andrew Scott Potter more than 5 records on the Songbook Instrumental produced by Almir Chediack and 4 records in retrospect of Victor Assis Brasil. As a composer, he has authored more than 70 compositions. Currently he plays and teaches around Brasil and the world also with your group Bass&Cello Quartet that he formed with his wife, the cellist Aleska Russo, Cliff Korman (USA) on piano and Emile Saubole (FRA) on drums.