Spanish / Latin / Flamenco Guitarist
Combining lightning guitar runs with unique rhythms provides an electrifying combination of sound and songs in Russ Hewitt's original music. Russ explains his style of play as "Fusing Spanish, flamenco, jazz, Latin, Cuban and Brazilian together simultaneously without worrying about what particular rules that go with each style. This allows me the freedom to create without boundaries."
As a voting member in both the Grammy and Latin Grammy awards, invited attendee and having been included on several ballots, Russ Hewitt is highly regarded in the music world and continues to collaborate and work alongside Grammy artists and musicians globally.
Russ has played on stages worldwide from a solo act up to a eight piece band. This includes performing and recording with symphonies, orchestras and philharmonics with his original music, a rare feat for any musician.
Russ has received press and reviews from all over world including the cover of CUTAWAY guitar magazine out of Spain (pictured left) and a three-page feature in Italy's biggest print guitar magazine - GuitarClub Magazine.
“Russ Hewitt satisfies on all levels, from the intellectual to the emotional and beyond.” Travis L Rogers Jr. - THE JAZZ OWL
"... lush, rich guitar mastery..." Dick Metcalf - CONTEMPORARY FUSION REVIEWS
"...Hewitt’s fluid guitar work sets him apart." Bagikan - WARTAJAZZ
"..superb, expressive touch." Patrizia Marinelli - GUITAR CLUB MAGAZINE
“Gorgeous and lyrical melodies… Velvet strings.” George Harris - JAZZ WEEKLY
"Beyond the technical mastery and distinctive melodicism..." Stefan Bocioaca - JAZZ WORLDQUEST
“…with great virtuosity, creates with his Latin Guitar a spectrum of music with a brilliant and personal style.” Pablo Rego - ANTHROPOMUSIC
“…uncanny ability to write melodies that speak to the soul…” Scott Itter - DR.MUSIC
Russ Hewitt’s recordings BAJO EL SOL, ALMA VIEJA, CIELO NOCTURNO, and CHASING HORIZONS has resulted in multiple Top 40 Smooth Jazz singles, Grammy consideration, and song placement in TV, Web Series, and movies.
The level of guest artists that have recorded with Russ is a testament to his playing and songwriting abilities:
GUITAR - Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme, Rihanna); Larry Carlton (Steely Dan, Quincy Jones, solo artist); Marty Friedman (Megadeth, solo artist); Jorge Strunz (Strunz & Farah); Ardeshir Farah (Strunz & Farah)
STRINGS - Bucharest All-Star Orchestra (Romanian National Symphony Orchestra); Charlie Bisharat (Michael Bublé, Elton John, John Williams)
DRUMS - Walfredo Reyes Jr (Santana, Steve Winwood, Chicago)
BASS - Bob Parr (Cher, Brian Setzer Orchestra, Barry White)
PERCUSSION - Raphael Padilla (Miami Sound Machine, Shakira, Gloria Estefan); Efren Guzman (Alejandro Fernandez, Andrea Bocelli)
SAXOPHONE - Michael Lington
VIETNAMESE ZITHER- Tri Nguyen
TELLY AWARDS - Five of them for movie and Web Series work, including “Thirst: Mission Liberia,” "The Harbinger Decoded," and "Parent Compass."
LIT Talent AWARDS - Three Platinum and Five gold, including 'Best Instrumental Song' ('Chasing Horizons' ft. Nuno Bettencourt), 'Best Instrumental Music Artist', and overall Category Winner of the Year.
GLOBAL MUSIC AWARDS - Five Silver medals, including Instrumentalist, Emerging Artist, and New Release ('Chasing Horizons').
INDIE MUSIC CHANNEL AWARDS - Five awards including artist and song of the year.
RADIO MUSIC AWARDS - Five awards including Best Instrumental Song and Recording
Plus Top 10 and Finalist in many other awards contests including International Songwriting contest, Acoustic Music Awards, and Josie Awards.
Russ currently is endorsed by Godin Guitars, Radial Engineering (Tonebone pedal), Analysis Plus Cables, QiJack (guitar input jack), Morley Pedals, V-Picks, Neunaber Audio Effects (Immerse Reverberator), Voodoo Lab (power supply), BBF Pedalboards, Primacoustic (wall treatments), Mission Engineering (pedal and amp), DLS Effects (RotoSIM), and Savarez Strings. Some of the endorsements have been for over a decade, often being featured on the companies website, ads, and promotional videos.
Pictured left is a page in the Godin Guitars MULTIAC catalog featuring Russ and his main guitar.
Russ recently became an brand ambassador for MTE (More Than Energy), being featured in ads and video promotion. The all natural energy shot features 5 Adaptogens, 4 Nootropics, and 2 Superfoods. The product is plant-based, refined sugar-free, paleo, non-GMO and is in sustainable packaging.