Guitarist, Nick Russo, recent winner of the 2004 International Jazz Workshop at The BANFF Centre in Canada (director, Dave Douglas) & winner of the 2001 JAS academy in Aspen Colorado (director, Christian McBride, mentioned in Dec. 2001 issue of Down Beat magazine), leads a life of full-time performing, including performances at New York City’s top venues. Nick Russo is currently the guitarist and banjoist with Vince Giordano and The Night Hawks and with vocalist, Miles Griffith. Nick's new CD "Ro" was just released with Mark Turner, Miles Griffith, Samir Chatterjee, Bryan Murray, Greg Glassman, Art Hirahara, Matt Clohesy, Nathan Peck, Ari Hoenig,Willard Dyson & David Pleasant. Nick is also the author of 2 books: Metallica, Legendary Licks series vol. 1 & vol. 2 as well as the editor of the GRP Arpeggio book and exercise book (published by Cherry Lane/Hal Leonard).