Russ Lossing

pianist . composer . improviser



New York City based, American pianist, composer and improviser Russ Lossing continues to be an integral creative force, internationally renowned in the jazz and improvised music world. He is celebrated for his singular, original language and phraseology.

Russ Lossing has composed over 400 works, has released 22 albums as leader and is featured on over 60 other CDs as sideman and collaborator with world acclaimed musicians.  Lossing played with legendary drummer Paul Motian over a period of 12 years and was a member of the Paul Motian Quintet which played week long engagements at the Village Vanguard in New York.

Lossing has five cds as leader on the Swiss avant-garde label HatHut Records, four albums on NYC label Sunnyside Records, in addition to releases on the Cleanfeed, Fresh Sound, Double Time, Steeplechase and OmniTone labels as well as 6 albums on his own label Aqua Piazza Records.  

Russ Lossing has performed in some of the world's leading jazz festivals including the London, Vienna, Harlem, Cully (Switzerland), Jazzdor(Strasbourg), Toronto and Venice (Italy) Jazz festivals. He has also performed in jazz clubs and concert halls in New York and Europe including The Village Vanguard, Blue Note NYC, The Jazz Standard, Birdland, Town Hall NYC, Porgy and Bess (Vienna), BimHuis(Amsterdam), Moods(Zurich), Unterfahrt (Munich), Jazz Club Ferrara (Italy), Radio France, Sunside & Duc de Lombards(Paris)and many more over a span of over 35 years.


Musicians performed with

(partial list)

Paul Motian, Billy Hart, Mark Helias, Eric McPherson,Masa Kamaguchi, Billy Mintz, Samuel Blaser, Michael Formanek, Loren Stillman, Gerry Hemingway,  Michael Moore, Tom Rainey, Cameron Brown,  Mark Dresser, Ralph Alessi, Tony Malaby, Ellery Eskelin, Dave Liebman, John Abercrombie, Michael Sarin, Herb Robertson, Mat Maneri, Kirk Knuffke, Rudy Royston, Kermit Driscoll, Chris Lightcap, Nasheet Waits,  Thomas Morgan, Drew Gress, Gerald Cleaver, Billy Drewes, John Hebert, Gary Thomas. Marty Erlich, Michael Adkins, Oscar Noriega,  Sean Conly, Jeff Williams, Dave Phillips,, Ray Anderson,  Satoshi Takeishi, Ben Monder, John O'Gallagher, Rich Perry, Tim Berne, Johannes Weidenmuller, Michael Bates,  Andy Manndorff, Jay Anderson,  Michael Attias, Bobby Previte, Jamey Haddad, Shane Endsley, Francios Moutin, Adam Kolker, Randy Peterson,  Peter Herbert, Tyshawn Sorey, Trevor Dunn, Andrew Rathbun, Ed Schuller, George Schuller, Tony Moreno, Wolfgang Pushnig, Rudresh Mahanthappa , Dan Weiss, Scott Colley, Marc Mommas, Ben Street, Mike Clark, Dave Binney,  Dave Ballou, Jeff Davis, Chris Speed,  Mark Feldman, Russ Johnson, Matt Pavolka, Jason Rigby,  Kenny Wollesen, Bob Moses, Tim Hagans,  Aidan O’Donnell, Jerome Harris, Brad Shepik, ,Ralph Alessi, Kyoko Kitamura, Kendra Shank, Louie Belogenis, Eivind Opsvik,Dayeon Seok, Wallace Roney, Oliver Lake, Gordon Grdina, Caroline Davis, Deric Dickens, Lena Bloch, Adam Lane, Johnathon Goldberger, Lim Yang, Bob Moses


Russ Lossing, b.1960, Columbus, Ohio, USA

Musical Timeline general overview

1965 - started classical piano lessons

1970 - began composing and improvising

1973 - began jazz piano and theory lessons

1978 - 1982 - toured 48 weeks per year/6 nights per week

1982-1986- earned  Bachelor of Music in classical piano performance from Ohio State University

1986-1987 - earned Master of Music in Jazz Studies from Manhattan School of Music

1987- present - NYC jazz scene/touring Europe, U.S. and Canada