Russell “Hitman” Alexander
is the founder and creator of “The Hitman Blues Band.”
He grew up with in a musical thanks to his father, Ray Alexander. Ray was a jazz musician (drummer and vibist), who performed worldwide with many of the jazz greats that we hold so dear today, as well as having three recordings out and playing on several others. Russell took lessons from famed guitarist Joe Monk at the age of 13, who was a big influence on him. He then moved on to progressive guitarist Neil Vineberg, and later studied with producer/guitarist Johnny Gale.
All of this enabled him to play gigs of many different musical genres such as jazz, rock, blues, funk, reggae, Hassidic, Greek, Italian, German, Salsa, plus some light classical (waltzes, etc) and, of course, pop.
Proficient in guitar and bass guitar, and noted for his unique vocal ability, he composed songs of many different genres and released them under the names of The Hitman Blues Band, The Yaz Brothers, and The Songwriter, as well as some country tunes which were recorded and are still being performed by the Americana band, The Mary Lamont Band.
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