Russ Ballenger

Trombonist and Educator

Read This! April 8, 2018

Below is a list of ten music related books that I highly recommend. Let me know what you are reading in the comments!

Miles Davis - Miles: The Autobiography

Herbie Hancock - Possibilities

Terry Teachout - Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington

Victor Wooten - The Music Lesson: A Spiritual Search for Growth Through Music

David Cutler - The Savvy Musician: Building a Career, Earning a Living & Making a Difference

Daniel Coyle - The Little Book of Talent

Julie Gendrich - Bonanza: Insights and Wisdom from Professional Jazz Trombonists

Kurt Dietrich - Duke's Bones: Ellington's Great Trombonists

Peter Levinson - September in the Rain: The Life of Nelson Riddle

Kenny Werner - Effortless Mastery


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Listen Up! March 28, 2018

I always like asking people what they are listening to. So in my very first blog post - here is what I am listening to. If you like what you hear, I encourage you to support these artists and buy their records. Let me know what you are listening to in the comments!


Terrace Martin Presents The Pollyseeds - Sounds of Crenshaw Vol. I

The Decemberists - I'll Be Your Girl

Kurt Elling - The Questions

Alan Ferber Big Band - Jigsaw

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra - Horizon 8

Miles Davis - A Tribute to Jack Johnson

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - Soul of a Woman

Steve Davis - Think Ahead

Christian Sands - Reach

Peter Steiner - United


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