Our CD/DVD The Very Next Thing has been receiving national airplay and critical acclaim.
DownBeat Magazine ****
“… As a sideman, he’s worked with artists all over the jazz spectrum, from Jimmy McGriff to Mark Turner to Vince Giordano. It should come as no surprise that for his latest release, which trains its eye on hot jazz, Russo and his band (vocalists Betina Hershey and Miles Griffith, with percussionist David Pleasant and numerous guests) bring a decidedly unorthodox approach” (February 2016)
The Times of London
“There’s no point in trying to pin a label on an extrovert American band, led by guitarist, Nick Russo, who set out to cover so many bases from hot jazz to folk, blues and Big Easy funk…. unfailingly high-spirited. Purists will hate it. Everyone else will have a good time”
“This highly listenable recording reminds us that at it’s root, Jazz music is Folk music with all the immediacy and relevance that music of, for and by the people has always had and always will. Nick Russo’s banjo playing is especially compelling”
TimeOut New York
“There’s some serious old-timey action going on at the Jalopy tonight: In the headline slot, bluegrass and swing band Banjo Nickaru & Co. are joined by guests including TONY fave Dennis Lichtman, of the lively New Orleans–style jazz band the Cangelosi Cards, plus the Grand Street Stompers. Banjo man Nick Russo heads a similarly packed mini-bill in support”
We’ve been honored to be a part of the Vintage Train Event for the past few years.
Our leader/banjo/guitarist has been interviewed on the Jordan Rich show, WBZ Radio.
We were recently mentioned in the Village Voice and Time Out New York.
David Richard Music Biz Radio pre-release Interview (Podcast)
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