George W. Russell, Jr. & Co.

George Russell, Jr. & Co. perform a gospel music program for school assemblies in Massachusetts.

George Russell, Jr. & Co. perform a gospel music program for school assemblies in Massachusetts.

Clap Your Hands

African-American music (spirituals, folk-blues, and gospel music) has profoundly influenced both musical and political movements throughout our nation’s history. Clap Your Hands explores the rise and changing roles of music in the African-American community: as a mental release during trying times, a vehicle for communication in the Underground Railroad, and a “common ground” during the Civil Rights Movement. A talented ensemble led by celebrated pianist and Berklee College of Music professor, George Russell, Jr., explores one of America’s most popular musical genres, by highlighting its various styles throughout history. George Russell and his group feature everything from the Thomas Dorsey spirituals of the 1930s to the 1960s hit “Oh Happy Day” by the Edwin Hawkins Singers.

For grades PreK–2, narration is condensed, emphasizing the musical portion of the program.

Performance Length: 45-60 minutes
Target Grades: Pre-K – 12

Clap Your Hands at Eliot School in Needham (low res)

Audience up to 300 (performances/day):
Single: $1,218   Double: $1,418   Triple: $1,863   Quad: $2,217
Audience of 301-600 
Single: $1,518  Double: $1,765   Triple: $2,316   Quad: $2,756
Travel Fee: based upon mileage (calculate below)

Note: Audience limits strictly observed to improve learning experience
Note: pricing may vary for weekend/out-of-school

Clap Your Hands: Performance Requirements

Clap Your Hands: Educational Materials

George W. Russell, Jr. is a native of Pittsburgh, PA. He attended Duquesne University and received a B.S. in Music Education in 1988. He continued his studies in Boston at the New England Conservatory of Music, receiving a Masters degree in Jazz Studies. George Russell resides with his wife and three children in Boston, MA where he is highly esteemed and sought after as a gospel and jazz pianist. He is the former Minister of Music/Chief Musician at Jubilee (formerly known as New Covenant) Christian Church in Boston. He is Associate Professor of Harmony at Berklee College of Music. George is also a recording artist, with a total of eight jazz and gospel recordings to his credit.
Wannetta Jackson, a native of Milwaukee, studied at the Berklee College of Music. She is well known on the club scene, as well as in Boston Globe Jazz Festivals, Dimmock Commends Health Center’s annual “Steppin’ Out” Gala, and her own shows such as “Sisters Soul to Soul: Wannetta Jackson Sings Aretha Franklin.”Sean Skeete is an ensemble instructor and drum instructor at the Berklee College of Music. He is the consummate, professional drummer. He is a free-lance drummer in the Boston area. Sean also plays with the George W. Russell, Jr. Trio.

Wesley Wirth, originally from Sherborn, Massachusetts, is a bassist and graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music. He has two Masters degrees from Harvard University: Architectural Landscaping and Problem Solving. Wesley has performed with Bob Moses, Semenya McCord, Chuck Mangioni, Stan Strickland, just to name a few. He currently plays with the George W. Russell, Jr. Trio as well as with many other artists in the area.

Emily Russell, a Pennsylvania native, is a pianist and singer/songwriter, and has written many children’s songs. She also runs her own fine art/graphic design business, “Studio E” and is President/Manager of G Dub Music.


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Mileage Rates (double the mileage calculated below to account for the initial and return journeys).