William Russo

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William Joseph Russo, better known as Bill Russo during his earlier career (June 25, 1928, Chicago, Illinois – January 11, 2003, Chicago, Illinois), was an American composer, conductor, jazz musician, arranger, teacher and author from Chicago, Illinois. He is considered one of the greatest jazz composers and arrangers. Russo was the founder of the Chicago Jazz Ensemble at Columbia College Chicago, the founder and Director of Chicago Free Theater, and the director of High School Jazz Festival.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1956 The World of Alcina Bill Russo 1
1973 Leonard Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story / William Russo: Three Pieces for Blues Band and Orchestra Leonard Bernstein, William Russo; The Siegel-Schwall Band, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa 1
2002 Russo: Street Music / Three Pieces for Blues Band and Symphony Orchestra / Gershwin: An American in Paris Russo, Gershwin; San Francisco Symphony, Seiji Ozawa 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1981 Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue / An American in Paris / Concerto in F / Bernstein: “West Side Story” Dances / Russo: Three Pieces for Blues Band & Orchestra George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein, William Russo 1

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