Hailing from Kelowna, British Columbia, trumpet player/composer/jazz musician/educator Dr. Russ Macklem is a musical seeker, on a quest for truth and authenticity in art and life. This quest has taken Russ around the world, and he has resided in several cities working as a professional trumpet player and educator including Montreal, Boston, Toronto, St. Louis, Miami, and now the Windsor/Detroit area.  Russ has performed with acclaimed artists in many genres including Jimmy Heath, Cecil McBee, Dave Holland, The Family of Bob Marley (Ziggy, Stephen, Julian, Ky-Mani, and Damian), John Williams, Quincy Jones, Monica Mancini, Gregg Field, Dave Liebman, Weedie Braimah, Tom Scott, the Joe Sullivan Big Band, John Riley, Kirk MacDonald, John Daversa, Bobby Rydell, The Toledo Jazz Orchestra, The Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra, The St. Royals, Moda Eterna, Lacalu, The South Florida Jazz Orchestra, The Dave Dickey Big Band, Wycliff Gordon, Montez Coleman, Marty Morrison, Willie Akins, Emmet Cohen, Frankie Valli, Dave Grusin, Jon Faddis, Danny Seraphine and CTA featuring Bill Champlin, Tal Cohen, Harvel Nakundi, Steve Reid, Ed Calle, The Lee Harris/Dennis Noday Superband, Adam Arruda, Chris Thompson-Taylor, Sam Dickinson, Brian Dickinson, and many others. Russ also co-leads the Toronto based group The Auburn Lights Quintet with guitarist Sam Dickinson, featuring legendary drummer Terry Clarke, saxophonist Kirk MacDonald, and bassist Duncan Hopkins.  A virtuoso performer, Russ is equally skilled as a lead and jazz trumpeter, and has performed in professional productions of musicals such as In the Heights. His lead trumpet playing is featured on the two most recent albums by the University of Miami Concert Jazz Band: Europa: Explorations for Jazz Ensemble and Justin Morell: Concerto for Guitar and Jazz Orchestra featuring Adam Rogers. As a jazz musician, Russ is an inventive and exciting improvisor and composer, with roots in the Black Music tradition. As an educator, Russ has taught at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he was a Teaching Assistant, with Young Musicians Unite, a Miami-based non-profit providing musical instruction in inner-city schools, and has also taught at summer camps, given masterclasses, and taught privately in Canada, the USA, and Mexico. Russ is currently a sessional lecturer at the University of Windsor.


Russ holds a B. Mus. in Jazz Studies from McGill University, a M.M. in Jazz Performance from the New England Conservatory, and a Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) in Jazz and Studio Music from the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he was a Henry Mancini Institute Fellow on full scholarship. He was the 2009 recipient of a $20,000 Canada Council for the Arts Grant for Studies at the New England Conservatory. Some of his teachers have included: Roger Ingram, Jim Manley, Chris LaBarbera, George Garzone, Jerry Bergonzi, Cecil McBee, John McNeil, Laurie Frink, Joe Sullivan, and Brian Lynch. One of his most important mentors, the great trumpeter Steve Reid, helped Russ gain his most important resources at a trumpet player.

Russ plays a Calicchio 2 bell 10 leadpipe .453 bore trumpet handmade by John Duda, a pre-war F. Besson flugelhorn, and custom mouthpieces handmade by Brett Kendall at Bob Reeves Brass.

You can catch Russ every Tuesday at Phog Lounge in Windsor, Ontario where he co-hosts the weekly series UNITED with the great bassist Michael Palazzolo.