Emmy®- and Grammy®-nominated musician, Jeff Russo has become a prominent composer, songwriter, and arranger in the film and television industry. Jeff composed the music for FX’s Emmy®- and Golden Globe®-winning series, “Fargo,” for which he received an Emmy® nomination. He has since scored the second season of the series, and is currently working on the third season, as well as Starz’s original drama “Power,” from executive produce Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson. He recently composed the music for Spike’s “Tut,” starring Ben Kingsley, and also collaborated with Zoe Keating on both WGN’s “Manhattan” and A&E Network’s “The Returned.” Russo just wrapped work on the upcoming HBO mini-series, “The Night Of,” from Academy Award®-winning screenwriter Steven Zaillian starring John Turturro, and will begin work on ABC’s “Time After Time,” from creator Kevin Williamson, CBS’s newest Steven Spielberg series “American Gothic,” and SyFy’s anthology series, “Channel Zero.” His latest film project is “Submission,” starring Stanley Tucci.
In addition to composing music for film and television, Jeff still plays music with his rock band. He is a founding member, lead guitarist, and co-songwriter of two-time Grammy®-nominated, multi-platinum selling rock band, TONIC. Their debut album, “Lemon Parade,” posted three singles in the U.S. Mainstream rock charts’ Top 10, with “If You Could Only See,” rocketing to number one. In 2003, the band received two Grammy® nominations, one for “Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal” for “Take Me As I Am,” and one for “Best Rock Album.”
Jeff created the original score for USA Network’s “Necessary Roughness,” starring Callie Thorne, Marc Blucas, and John Stamos. IN 2013, he also worked on several feature films, including Shoreline Entertainment’s “Watercolor Postcards,” starring Laura Bell Bundy, and the independent feature, “Free Ride,” starring Anna Paquin, Cam Gigandet and Drea de Mateo. Jeff’s work can also be heard in various other television shows such as ABC’s “Charlie’s Angels,” “Castle,” and “What About Brian,” Showtime’s “Shameless” and “Weeds,” NBC’s “Smash,” “Crossing Jordan” and “The Bionic Woman.”
Russo has composed music for the New York Ballet Company Cedarlake Ensemble.
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