About Ed

Ed Russell has been a working guitarist in New York City since 1978. In 1980 he was awarded the position of lead guitarist for George Usher and the Decoys - one of the major rock bands of the era. While doing studio work he also played the iconic clubs of the time. This included CBGBs, Max's Kansas City, as well as the original Peppermint Lounge. In the nineties, he was a guitarist for major television shows that included the Sopranos, Six Foot Under, Nurse Jackie, and numerous HBO documentaries. The 2000's found him touring Europe extensively with "the Tony Bagwell" band in major concert venues. Ed is presently planning exciting new projects with his Cream tribute band "Ed Russell and Blue Condition". He performs regularly with "Ed Russell and friends" and continues to impress the greater New York audience.

Ed Russell & Blue Condition

Pays tribute to arguably one of the greatest rock bands of all time, Cream. Maintaining great attention to musical detail, Ed Russell will musically take everyone back to those iconic songs and the music of a generation!


Ed started private guitar instruction in NYC circa 1976. In 1981, he formed the original "School of Rock" which led to the Chair of the guitar department at the prestigious Collegiate School for Boys where his guitar program enjoyed success for more than 30 years. Some of Ed's students included the children of Caroline Kennedy, Liam Neeson, and Dan Akroyd to name a few. He also had the pleasure of teaching Mark Ronson (of Uptown Funk fame), Michael Zakarin (of the Bravery), and Gian Carlo Vulcano (Composer of "Lord of the Rings). Ed's yearly "guitar show" remains a popular NYC event held at the iconic "Bitter End".

ed russell & friends

Ed Russell and Friends is just plain old musical fun. Harkening back to those good old bar bands we loved in the 1970s, the band presents a varied musical approach that will satisfy any occasion. From burning Clapton to cool Credence, we cover it all.