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Eddie Russell and the Quelbe Latin Jazz Band to Perform at Sunset Jazz

Jan. 15, 2009 – Eddie Russell is one of the premier jazz trumpeters in the Caribbean and needs little introduction to local jazz aficionados. Having performed on stage with some of the top names in the industry, Russell has been a mainstay in the Caribbean and Latin jazz scene for many years. Eddie Russell and the Quelbe Latin Jazz Band will perform at the January Sunset Jazz at 6 p.m., on Friday, Jan. 16, at the Fort Frederik Beach near the Frederiksted Ball Park.
A native Crucian, he is from a musical family whose members also include his daughter, flautist (and lawyer) Diane Russell and his brother, guitarist (lawyer and senator) Ronald Russell.
Russell began playing trumpet professionally at age 15, formed his first group, Eddie and The Playboys, in 1964, and then went on to earn an undergraduate degree in music from the City College of New York as well as a master's degree from Queens College. He has played and studied with such music legends as Wynton Marsalis, Jimmy Garrison, James Moody, The Mighty Sparrow, and Sam and Dave. He can be heard on the "Mr. Bow Tie" CD of jazz bass master Ron Carter. The trumpeter is also a prolific composer and a music educator.
Joining him on stage as the QLJ Band (Quelbe Latin Jazz) is an all-star cast of Caribbean jazz artists. Otto James on keyboards, Mario Russell on bass, Larry Bough on drums and timbales, and Wilfred "Junie Bomba" Allick on congas and bongos.

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