Pee Wee Russell

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Legal name: Charles Ellsworth Russell


Charles Ellsworth Russell, much better known by his nickname Pee Wee Russell (March 27, 1906 – February 15, 1969), was a jazz musician. Early in his career he played clarinet and saxophones, but he eventually focused solely on clarinet.

With a highly individualistic and spontaneous clarinet style that "defied classification", Russell began his career playing Dixieland jazz, but throughout his career incorporated elements of newer developments such as swing, bebop and free jazz. In the words of the poet Philip Larkin, "No one familiar with the characteristic excitement of his solos, their lurid, snuffling, asthmatic voicelessness, notes leant on till they split, and sudden passionate intensities, could deny the uniqueness of his contribution to jazz."

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1958 Pee Wee's Combos Pee Wee Russell 1
1959 Portrait Of Pee Wee Pee Wee Russell 1
1966 Ask Me Now! Pee Wee Russell 3
1995 The Individualism of Pee Wee Russell Pee Wee Russell 1
2001 New Groove Pee Wee Russell 1
Jam Session in Swingville Coleman Hawkins and Pee Wee Russell 1
Jazz Original Pee Wee Russell 1
Jazz Reunion Coleman Hawkins and Pee Wee Russell 1
The College Concert Pee Wee Russell and Henry “Red” Allen 1
We're in the Money Pee Wee Russell 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1981 Giants of Jazz: Pee Wee Russell Pee Wee Russell 1
2001 The Chronological Classics: Pee Wee Russell 1935-1946 Pee Wee Russell 1
2011 Pee Wee Russell Plays With Buck Clayton, Vic Dickenson & Bud Freeman Pee Wee Russell, Buck Clayton, Bud Freeman & Vic Dickenson 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1961 Swingin' With Pee Wee Pee Wee Russell 1
2011 Complete Live at Bovi's Town Tavern Pee Wee Russell 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1997 Jazz Masters Muggsy Spanier & Pee Wee Russell 1

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