Russell blowing his own trumpet

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TRUMPETER Russell Bennett will be Scarborough Jazz’s guest at the Cask next Wednesday.

Russell played last year at short notice when he deputised for Mark Chandler.

He began his career playing cornet for the Brackley and District Brass Band when he was six and was paid in Lego.

At the age of 15 he had changed to trumpet and was absorbing a wide range of musical influences. He was playing in a range of ensembles from big bands to symphony orchestras including the Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra.

Russell got a place at the Royal Northern College of Music in 2000 and finished with a degree and a jazz-improvisation prize.

Since then he has worked with a variety of musicians and ensembles across the UK, including the symphony orchestras of Liverpool and Birmingham, the Northern Symphonia and the Halle Orchestra.

He has made appearances on radio and TV including the Michael Parkinson Show with Harry Connick Jnr. Plenty of festival work comes his way and he’s been on the main stage at Glastonbury with Tony Christie.

Russell plays with the Syd Lawrence Orchestra and last summer played at Ronnie Scott’s in the Julian Joseph All Stars Big Band. For this gig, he will be backed by Peter Elsdon on piano, Bob Walker on bass and Paul Tilley on drums.