By 1929 his band had grown to ten-pieces and they recorded a dozen records that are considered some of the first and best examples of Swing music. The band started backing up Louis Armstrong on a few of his early orchestra recordings. In 1935 Louis Armstrong took it over the orchestra altogether and for the next eight years they functioned as back-up band for Armstrong with Russell acting as the musical director. Russell led a new band from 1943-48 that played at the Savoy and Apollo and made a few recordings. The final 15 years of his life he made his living outside of music, operating a candy shop, a toy store and then working as a chauffeur.
His daughter, Catherine Russell is currently a star jazz vocalist. For more information read:
The Russell Family’s Legacy of Jazz: Luis Russell, Carline Ray, & Catherine Russell
|Luis Russell And his Orchestra||Russell’s Hot Six|
|Luis Russell and his Heebie Jeebie Stompers||Luis Russell And his Burning Eight|
|Lou And his Gingersnaps||Jungle Town Stompers|