Show Info

Genre: Music
Call in: 828 367 7103

Show Times

Timezone: EDT [UTC-4]
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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7:00 pm - 9:00 pm*
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* Encore Presentation

About the Show

RUSS WILSON – Singer, Drummer, Conductor, Entrepreneur.

For 35 years Russ has worked as a professional musician and has made a name for himself playing many different styles of music including Jazz, Rock, Country, Gospel, Blues, R&B, pit work for Broadway style shows and Symphonic music.

Of all these Jazz remains his first true love.

He’s had the gracious opportunity to share the stage with quite a few famous musicians during that time.

For example: 

Charles Dungee (Nancy Wilson & Sarah Vaughn), Melva Houston (world renown Jazz singer),

Jimmy Thackery (The Nighthawks), Kim Wilson (Fabulous Thunderbirds), Mookie Brill (world renown singer and musician), Hubert Sumlin (Howlin’ Wolf’s guitarist for 25 years), Chicago Bob Nelson (The Heartfixers), Jerry “Boogie” McCain (She’s Tough!), Charlie Musselwhite (world famous Harmonica player), 

Calvin “Fuzz” Jones (Bass player for Muddy Waters & Howlin’ Wolf), David Johansen (New York Dolls), 

Levon Helm (THE BAND), Carey Bell (world famous harmonica player), Skeeter Brandon (Hwy 61),  

Chris Thomas King (Oh Brother Where Art Thou), Dave Maxwell (pianist with Freddie King) and

Bob Margolin (guitarist for Muddy Waters). 

Since 1989 Russ has played drums and vocalized on hundreds of recordings. To date he has released 9 albums of his own.

After touring and traveling for many years playing with various blues bands Russ decided to start one of his own. With the help of his good friend and guitarist Marc Brookshire they formed


In late 2003 he started his second musical organization called THE NOUVEAU-PASSE ORCHESTRA playing the music that he grew up listening to, vintage jazz and dance band music of the 20’s and 30’s. The orchestra ranges in size from 10 to 16 pieces. He has also formed a Dixieland/Swing band called


To add to this roster there is also a standard big band (Russ Wilson And His Famous Orchestra) and a

40 piece concert orchestra.  In February of 2016 he premiered his Euphonic Ragtime Orchestra.  Russ still finds time to do freelance work for other greats such as Wendy Jones, Hank Bones, Bruce Lang

and the world renown FIRECRACKER JAZZ BAND

In 2007 Russ made his premier as conductor with his concert orchestra performing George Gershwin’s RHAPSODY IN BLUE. Since then he has produced numerous concerts and shows. Of those most notably “RHAPSODY –  The music of the King of Jazz, Paul Whiteman,” his ART DECO REVUES and his annual holiday show “HAVE YOURSELF A SWINGIN’ LITTLE CHRISTMAS. 

Russ is planning to do the Gershwin’s “Rhapsody” again along with other vintage orchestrations and 5 original jazz compositions in his forthcoming “Experiment In Modern Music” in May of 2017.

In September of 2008 he took a break from band leading to tour with JIMMY THACKERY AND THE DRIVERS. 

With that tour of duty ending in December 2010 Russ went back to being a band leader and running his own businesses, THE WILSON MUSIC COMPANY and WONDERTONE RECORDS putting all of his musical aggregations under one roof and one label. 

Russ, who considers himself an “amateur historian,” has amassed a collection of over 4000 records (33’s, 45’s, 78’s and cylinders) and 8000 orchestrations dating from the turn of the century to the 1960’s.


In The Groove


  1. Russ,
    We greatly enjoy your show, In The Groove, every week and the encore on weekends. We love the variety of music you play and the information you provide with the records. If it would be possible to make a request we would love to hear some Dick Powell. Most folks know him as an actor and of course they show Dick Powell’s Zane Grey Theater on GRIT TV. He was in several musicals back in the day and he did do some Big Band music as well. It would be a treat to be able to hear him on your show.
    Thanks in advance for anything you can do. Love your show and keep up the great work.


    P.S. Love the title…

    • Hey Steve,
      See your April note to Russ. It is posted on his show page, but he is not that tuned into the website and I guess he rarely visits this page. He’s out there hustling now that venues are open again. I will forward your last email to him…he will be happy to read it when I forward it. Thank you so much for listening and taking the time to write us and let us know you appreciate the music.
      Best Regard,
      Davyne Dial
      WPVM General Manager

  2. Hi there. I just heard a string of cool old music umm like what was in the old black and white movies.And old style cartoons. One had the line, “there’s music music everywhere but not a song in my heart “ But as I left downtown I lost signal. Was hoping someone could direct me to a playlist.

    • Dear Russ,

      Would you or Phli happen to have any records from the Charlie Davis Orchestra you could play on your show? This might help Steve with his earlier request for Dick Powell, which would be fantastic to hear.

      Certainly do love “In The Groove”!!

  3. I sent an email in April. Does anyone there read or acknowledge emails? It would be nice to know if there was any interest on your part in what your listeners want to know. We love the music you play but when the emails get ignored it seems like there is no interest in your part about caring for what your listeners want to hear. It also takes away from the pleasure of listening to the show knowing ones input counts for nothing.

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