Jim graduated Berklee College of Music in 1976 with a BA in music education, where he studied with Andy McGhee and Bill Pierce. After Berklee and a tour with soul icon Chuck Jackson, Mr. Russo began a 35 year teaching career with the Northbridge Public Schools in Massachusetts. His experience as an educator also includes clinician and adjudicator for the National Association of Jazz Educators, saxophone clinician at UMass Lowell and Worcester State College, and private jazz saxophone instruction. As a saxophonist, Jim's career includes performances with 60's soul artist Chuck Jackson, Temptations bandleader Cliff Cotton, trumpeter, saxophonist Jim Odgren, pianist Dick Odgren, Worcester legend Emil Haddad, guitarist Duke Levine, pianist Eugene Maslov, bandleader Jerry Seeco, and trombonists John Wheeler, Jeff Galindo, drummer Bob Gulotti. After retiring from teaching in 2012, Jim is presently cofounder/leader of the Russo Brothers Jazz Quintet now actively performing in the Worcester area.