Russell Gunn

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Russell Gunn (born October 20, 1971 in Chicago) is an American contemporary Neo-bop jazz musician, known primarily for his trumpet playing and Grammy nominated recording, Ethnomusicology vol. 1.[1][2]

He grew up in East St. Louis, Illinois playing trumpet, and his initial musical interest was hip hop with LL Cool J being his first music idol. His current projects include a large ensemble called Bionic, which released a record called Krunk Jazz and his smaller group Electrik Butterfly.[3]

In 2007, Gunn released an album Russell Gunn Plays Miles, that featured some of the greatest songs of Miles Davis.[4]


As leader

  • 1996 - Gun Fu (High Note)
  • 1997 - Love Requiem (High Note)
  • 1998 - Ethnomusicology Vol. 1 (High Note)
  • 1999 - Smokin' Gunn (High Note)

As sideman und co-leader

  • 1994 - Oliver Lake: Dedicated to Dolphy (Black Saint)
  • 1994 - Wynton Marsalis: Blood on the Fields(Columbia)
  • 1997 - Carlos Garnett: Under Nubian Skies (High Note)


  1. ^ Payne, Douglas (1 May 1999). "Russell Gunn: Ethnomusicology, Volume 1". All About Jazz. Retrieved 5 June 2011. 
  2. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Russell Gunn: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 5 June 2011. 
  3. ^ Russell Gunn at All About Jazz
  4. ^ Kelman, John (21 March 2007). "Russell Gunn: Plays Miles (2007)". All About Jazz. Retrieved 5 June 2011. 

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