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I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to work with Russell as a producer,  music director, and as a vocal artist. He is a sensitive, supportive talented professional always. It is a true joy in life to share music with him, He encourages everyone he touches to be their best and most authentic self.

Roberta Drake - Drummer

San Mateo

Russell is easily one of the most versatile collaborators with whom I've had the opportunity to perform.  He epitomizes the jazz pianist's creed of "Yes, and," in that he is always willing to try something new, go the extra mile, and explore with his ensemble, whether that includes a full band or it's just the two of you up at the mic.  I've performed everything from opera to musical theater to Italian art song with him, and to say that he tackled each with aplomb is an understatement.  While other pianists just play the notes on the page, Russell creates with you - he opens up opportunities to delve deeper into pieces that you might've known for ages and finds new ways to express the same old chord charts, making them fresh, exciting, and interesting.  His encyclopedic knowledge of repertoire guarantees that you'll leave with a list of new pieces to learn for your next set together.  He's generous with his time, and he's a fantastic mentor.  To anyone looking for a collaborator, solo performer, coach, or friend, I can't recommend him highly enough.

Alexandra Gilliam - Soprano/Operapreneur


Russell heard a monologue I wrote called "I Just Wanna Dance".   He approached me and asked if he could use it in his show.  He combined my monologue with Leonard Cohen's "Dance Me To The End of Love."  His performance of the mash-up was quite simply, one of the most beautiful cabaret experiences I've ever had.  I'd love to work with him again!

Hank Trout - Writer, Editor at Large A&U Magazine, and Raconteur 

San Francisco

As a singer, Russell is polished, heartfelt and always convincing and engaging in his interpretations of well-known and less-well-known songs.  As a pianist, whether accompanying himself or others, he plays with a rich, sure sound but is always sensitive to and supportive of the singer.  

Dave Schweisguth - Vocalist 

San Francisco

Russell Deason's ability to lift the spirit of a room through his music is unlike no other. His sound warms my heart and whenever I hear him sing/play, I can't help but smile uncontrollably. He's is well-versed in all styles of music, has an extensive library, and can sight-read just about anything you put in front of him. He is also such a pleasure and a joy to work with. Can't recommend Russell enough!

Eryn Allen- Pianist, Musical Director

San Francisco

It is a wonderful and heartwarming experience to hear Russell play piano and sing. It's like taking a flight in a magical landscape.

Diana Meltzer - Yoga Instructor

San Francisco

When Russell is playing, singing is easy.  He is playing only for you. 

Maria Diamond - Vocalist

San Francisco

Russell's songs tell a story filled with vulnerability and love.

Carolyn Power - Actor, Story Teller, Vocalist

San Francisco

Russell will take you on a journey with his passion and melodic voice. He has the gift of taking you to a very soulful place—and making you laugh while you do it. (All in a good way.)

Janet Kornblum - Private Investigator

Santa Cruz

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