RUSS PHILLIPS & THE NEW STREET RHYTHM BOYS
Russ Phillips - trombone and vocals
Kim Cusack - clarinet and vocals
Patrick Donley - piano, guitar, and vocals
Dan Anderson - string bass and tuba
The hottest thing in jazz is not necessarily the newest.
With swinging ensemble counterpoint, lyrical improvisation and vocals, the music of Russ Phillips & The New Street Rhythm Boys focuses on the exuberant style that flourished in New Orleans, Chicago and Harlem during the prohibition years of the 20’s and 30’s and evolved into the early swing music of the late 30’s and early 40’s.
Russ Phillips, trombone and vocals, was born in Denver, but grew up and studied in the Chicago area after his Father, Russ Phillips, Sr. left Louis Armstrong’s All Stars as trombonist for 1-1/2 years. Continuing in the tradition, Russ has become a well known and respected performer in and around Chicago and nationally. He’s been a featured artist in dozens of festivals, cruises and concerts where he’s performed with Howard Alden, Harry Allen, Doc Cheatham, Kenny Davern, The Four Freshman, Lionel Hampton, Dick Hyman, Houston Person, Bucky Pizzarelli, Doc Severinsen, Allan and Warren Vache and many others.
Kim Cusack, clarinet & vocals, best known for his long association with James Dapogny's Chicago Jazz Band and his more than thirty-five-year tenure with the venerable Salty Dogs Jazz Band, Kim has also played and recorded with Gene Mayl's Dixieland Rhythm Kings, Ernie Carson, Turk Murphy, Georg Brunis, Wild Bill Davison, the Happy Bottom Riding Academy Jazz Band of Dan Williams, and the Jan Garber Orchestra, with whom he was featured tenor saxophonist. He is also currently appearing at many festivals as a member of Bob Schulz’s Frisco Jazz Band.
Patrick Donley, piano, guitar & vocals, has been a fixture in Chicago's traditional jazz community since moving there in 2012. He plays guitar in Alan Gresik's Swing Shift Orchestra, often plays piano with the Fat Babies and fronts his own quintet. His passion for musical culture and heritage spans not only jazz but also Latin American and Irish music, resulting in a unique and original approach to playing in groups.
Dan Anderson has been active as a tuba and bass man in the Chicago music scene since 1988. Equally at home in the symphonic and jazz genres, he’s been a member of and or performed with The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Milwaukee Symphony, The Chicago Jazz Ensemble with Jon Faddis, the Chicago Brass Quintet, the Von Freeman Quintet, Houston Person’s Quartet, Buddy DeFranco and Muhal Richard Abrams ensemble. He has appeared at music festivals on four continents and views music as his life long endeavor and still is excited about his next engagement.