Betina Hershey Russo

Jazz Band from New York City, NY - Will travel up to 3000 miles
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$600 - $4000 per event
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About
We are professional musicians with the warmth of family, bringing good vibrations and creative music to any event. This wife/husband run group can include up to 4 family members, all established musicians who have performed internationally in Tokyo Japan, Lebanon, Italy, Spain, Russia, Brasil, Canada, across the U.S..
We have also performed at The Bermuda Guitar Festival, The Cape Cod Jazz Festival, Hot Steamed Jazz Festival, New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Weekenders in Connecticut and in New York City at Lincoln Center, The Bottom Line, Carnegie Hall, Birdland, the Blue Note, Iridium Jazz Club, CBGBs, Arthur's Tavern, 55 Bar, Showmans, Lenox Lounge, Sweet Rhythm, Boom, Antique Garage, Sweet Rhythm, Smoke Jazz Club, Zinc Bar, IAJE, as well as at many private events.
Vocalist/guitarist Betina Hershey, has toured the country and the world as Meg in "Phantom of the Opera" and Anybodys in "West Side Story" and can be seen in the Julia Roberts movie "Mona Lisa Smile" and Disney's "Enchanted." Betina performed live on WFUV radio and at the Bottom Line. Betina also tours with The New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players across the U.S. and in Canada. Hershey has also taught swing dancing in Japan, Korea, and in Bermuda, also being featured on Bermuda national television and on the front cover of their newspaper. Recently reviewed by the Royal Gazette during their performance at the Bermuda Guitar Festival.

Groups include: Duo (guitar, voice); Trio (voice, guitar, drums / voice, guitar, trumpet / voice, guitar, bass); Quartet (voice, guitar, bass, drums / voice, guitar, trumpet, drums / voice, organ, guitar, drums); Quintet (voice, trumpet, guitar, bass, drums / voice, piano, guitar, bass, drums)


Styles include: Jazz and Standards of the American Songbook, Show Tunes, 1940s swing, R&B, Motown, Soul, Pop Music, Blues, Rock, New Orleans Traditional 1920-30s Jazz/Dixieland, Country, Bluegrass, Western Swing, Traditional Latin, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Folk & Singer-Songwriter Genres, World Music, Originals

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Wedding Reception

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Nick and Betina were the absolute best thing that happened to our wedding reception! Our guests are still raving about the music. Both Nick and Betina went out of their way to make sure that everything was just as we wanted it. They even accommodated some new songs that we sprung on them at the last minute. They also added a Sax/Clarinet player that was outside of their normal band, he was amazing! This whole ensemble was truly great. Their professionalism and helpfulness truly went above and beyond. I simply cannot say enough good things about them and would hire them again in a second! The videos posted here do NOT do this band justice, they're truly amazing.

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Memorial Day Party

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Highly professional and accommodating. They were wonderful.

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Studio Session

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Did a really great job! I love the talent and professionalism. Will definitely with them again. Thanks,

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Corporate Function

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Nick Russo was extremely professional and warm. His guitar playing was very enjoyable to our employees and I am still getting compliments on how much they like it. I would definitely hire him again.

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Wedding Reception

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Betina and Nick were the perfect fit for our small beach wedding. They did a great job accomodating our requests, and working them into the reception in a way that demonstrated an experienced capacity for reading the crowd in real-time. Betina and Nick learned and performed a new song (and one that's a little outside of their usual genres) just for us. Their willingness to do this, and the quality of their execution, made our wedding all the more special. If you're looking for a flexible, low key, down to earth singer or combo for your affair, please consider giving Betina Hershey Russo your business.

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Birthday Party (Adult)

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Very accomodating. Being early we had time to schedule a little talk I gave about my wives birthday. We all so had a talented banjo player as a guest and they did two songs together that was really apprecated. Thank you for such a fine person and talent.

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Corporate Function

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We hired Nick Russo and his group for a corporate dinner party and they were fantastic. The partygoers decided at the last minute to do a series of speeches, and Nick saved the day by providing a microphone which hooked up to his sound system. The speeches also forced the dinner to run much longer than expected, and Nick and his group stayed until the end, at no extra charge! They were very flexible and wonderful to work with. Not to mention everyone loved the music. Thanks again to you guys for being so accommodating!

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Cocktail Party

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Our experience with Nick and Betina was great, they were very accommodating on short notice and everyone at our event thoroughly enjoyed their music. We have already booked them again!

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Wedding

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Betina and her husband, Nick were completely fantastic at our wedding. Nick was able to play classical guitar at the ceremony, and also to arrange a piece from one of my favorite movies on guitar as the processional. They were able to accommodate a wide range of music, rearranged pieces creatively, and really just wowed the crowd at the reception. We got tons of comments on how fantastic they were and I'm sure they will get more gig offers from our friends. Also, they spent hours on email and the phone with us prior to the wedding, confirming every detail. They made every announcement I requested, and did everything with a smile. Love them!

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2014
Nov
2
Grand Opening
New York City, NY
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2014
Aug
5
Corporate Function
Stony Creek, NY
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
2014
Mar
25
Corporate Function
Stony Brook, NY
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
2014
Mar
4
Corporate Function
Stony Brook, NY
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
2014
Jan
9
Corporate Function
Stony Brook, NY
7:00 PM - 10:30 PM
2013
Dec
6
Cocktail Party
Stony Brook, NY
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
2013
Jul
27
Wedding
Stockbridge, MA
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
2011
Dec
31
New Year's Eve Party
New York City, NY
5:30 PM - 10:30 PM
2011
Oct
22
Wedding Reception
Lakeville, CT
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
2011
Sep
17
Funeral
Hopatcong, NJ
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
2011
Jul
16
Birthday Party (Adult)
Dorset, VT
4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
2011
May
30
Memorial Day Party
Glen Cove, NY
12:00 PM - 3:30 PM
SWING / JAZZ / STANDARDS
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Accentuate the Positive
 
All The Things You Are
Cole Porter
Anything Goes
Cole Porter
Autumn Leaves
 
Beautiful Love
 
Begin The Beguine
Cole Porter
Bewitched Bothered and Bewildered
Rodgers and Hart
Beyond the Sea
 
Blue Moon
Ella Fitzgerald / Frank Sinatra
Blue Skies
Irving Berlin
Bye Bye Blackbird
Carmen McRae
Centerpiece
 
Close Your Eyes
Ella Fitzgerald
Come Rain or Come Shine
Billy Holiday
Days of Wine and Roses
Don't Be That Way
Ella Fitzgerald
East of the Sun
Billy Holiday
Foggy Day
Ella Fitzgerald
From this Moment On
Frank Sinatra
Have You Met Miss Jones
    
Honeysuckle Rose
Ella Fitzgerald
How Deep Is The Ocean
Irving Berlin sung by Billie Holiday
How High The Moon
Frank Sinatra
I Could Write A Book
Rogers and Hart
I Get A Kick Out Of Your
Cole Porter
I Love You
Cole Porter
I Thought About You
Mercer
I Won't Dance
Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
I'm Beginning to See the Light
 
I've Got the World On A String
 
I've Got You Under My Skin
Cole Porter
It Don't Mean a Thing
Duke Ellington
It's A Lovely Day Today
Irving Berlin
It's Delovely
Cole Porter
Just One Of Those Things
Cole Porter
Mack the Knife
 
Moonlight in Vermont
Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong / Frank Sinatra
My Favorite Things
 
My Funny Valentine
Rodgers and Hart
Nature Boy
Nat King Cole
Nefertiti
Wayne Shorter/Miles Davis
Our Love is Here To Stay
Frank Sinatra
Paper Moon
 
Pennies From Heaven
Frank Sinatra
Pick Yourself Up
Frank Sinatra
'Round Midnight
 
Satin Doll
 
Secret Love
 
Smile
 
Someone To Watch Over Me
 
Stomping at the Savoy
 
S'Wonderful
 
The Best Thing For You Is Me
 
The Way You Look Tonight
They All Laughed
Gershwin
They Can't Take That Away From Me
 
Twisted
Joni Mitchell
Unforgettable
 
You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To
  Cole Porter
You Go To My Head
 
You're Getting to Be a Habit With Me
 
You're The Top
Cole Porter
BRAZILIAN & LATIN
Aguas de Marco
Jobim
Alone Together
 
Besame Mucho
 
Compadre Carlos Juan
 
Corcovado
Jobim
Girl from Ipanema
Jobim
Guantanamera
 
How Insensitive
Jobim
Insensatez
Jobim
La Vida Es Un Carneval
Celia Cruz
Mas Que Nada
Samba
One Note Samba / Samba De Uma Nota So
Jobim
Oye Como Va
Cha-cha
Quimbara
Celia Cruz
Shaker Song
Manhattan Transfer
Si Te Contara
 
So Danco Samba
 
Wave
Jobim
Yamulemau
Joe Arroyo
NEW ORLEANS TRADITIONAL JAZZ 1920-30
All of Me
 
Avalon
 
Bill Bailey
 
Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gave To Me
 
Careless Love
 
Dinah
 
Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans
Louis Armstrong / Harry Connick
Five Foot Two
 
Four or Five Times
Glow Worm
Mills Brothers
Heebie Jeebies
The Boswell Sisters
I Can't Give You Anything But Love
 
I Found A New Baby
 
I Got Rhythm
 
I Want to Be Happy
 
I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself A Letter
 
Ida
 
Indiana
 
Keep On The Sunny Side
 
Moonglow
 
Nobody But My Baby Is Getting My Love
Eva Taylor
Oh When The Saints
Louis Armstrong
On The Sunny Side of the Street
 
Pick Yourself Up
 
The Saints Go Marching In
 
Sometimes I Love You
 
Sweet Georgia Brown
 
The Red Red Robin
 
When You're Smiling
 
You Made Me Love You
 
R&B & POP TUNES
500 Miles
The Proclaimers
7 Days A Week
They Might Be Giants
Ain't No Mountain High Enough
Marvin Gaye & Tami Terrell
Ain't No Sunshine
Bill Withers
Ain't That Lovin' You Baby
Sly and the Family Stone
All Night Long
Lionel Richie
As
Stevie Wonder
Black Hole Sun
Soundgarden
Celebration
Cool 'n the Gang
Chain of Fools
Aretha Franklin
Coal to Diamonds
The Gossip
Come Away With Me
Nora Jones
Come See About Me
The Supremes
Crazy Love
Van Morrison
Cry To Me
Solomon Burke
Dancing Queen
ABBA
Dark End of the Street
James Carr
Don't Ask Me Why
Billy Joel
Don't Know Why
Nora Jones
Don't Stop Believing
Journey
Drift Away (I Wanna Get Lost in Your Rock 'n Roll)
Dobie Gray; Mentor Williams
Dynamite
Taio Cruz
Every Breath You Take
The Police
Faith
George Michaels
Get Down Tonight
KC and The Sunshine Boys
Gimme Shelter
The Rolling Stones
Give a Little Bit
Supertramp
Glory Days
Bruce Springstein
Got Ants in my Pants
James Brown
Ho Hey
The Lumineers
Hold On
The Alabama Shakes
Home
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Honky Tonk Woman
Rolling Stones
I Don't Wanna Be
Gavin DeGraw
I Got A Feeling
Black Eyed Peas
I've Got A Woman
Ray Charles
I Got You (I Feel Good)
James Brown
I Stand
Idina Menzel
I Wanna Dance with Somebody
Whitney Houston
I Will Survive
Gloria Gaynor
I'm So Excited
The Pointer Sisters
I'm Yours
Jason Mraz
Isn't She Lovely
Stevie Wonder
Just The Two of Us
Bill Withers
Just The Way You Are
Billy Joel
Killing Me Softly
Roberta Flack
Kiss
Prince
Lean on Me
Bill Withers
Little Piece of My Heart
Janis Joplin
Maps
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Mama Mia
ABBA
Mercedes-Benz
Janis Joplin 
Midnight Train to Georgia
Gladys Knight & the Pips
Moves Like Jagger
Maroon 5
Movin' Out
Billy Joel
My Life
Billy Joel
New York State of Mind
Billy Joel
No One's Gonna Love You Like I Do
Band of Horses
One Day
Matisyahu
Only The Good Die Young
Billy Joel
Overjoyed
Stevie Wonder
Patience
Guns n Roses
Piano Man
Billy Joel
Pour Me
Trick Pony
P.Y.T.
Michael Jackson
Remember the Time
Michael Jackson
Respect
Aretha Franklin
Rolling In The Deep
Adele
She's Always a Woman
Billy Joel
She's Got a Way
Billy Joel
Sir Duke
Stevie Wonder
Smells Like Teen Spirit
Tori Amos
Some Nights
Fun
Son of a Preacher Man
Aretha Franklin 
Soul Sister
Train
Stand By Me
Ben E. King
Stay
Just A Little Bit Longer
Sweet Dreams Are Made of These
The Eurythmics
Sultans of Swing
Dire Straits
Superstition
Stevie Wonder
Take Me To The River
Talking Heads
Tell Her About It
Billy Joel
That's The Way (I Like It)
KC and the Sunshine Boys
The Longest Time
Billy Joel
The Stranger
Billy Joel
The Weight
Aretha Franklin
Think
Aretha Franklin
This Masquerade
George Benson
Uptown Girl
Billy Joel
Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go
Wham
We Are Young
Fun.
What Becomes of the Broken Hearted
Jimmy Ruffin
Where Have You Been
Rihanna
Wild Horses
The Rolling Stones
You Are the Sunshine of My Life
Stevie Wonder
THE BEATLES
All You Need is Love
Beatles
Blackbird
The Beatles
Can't Buy Me Love
Beatles
Come Together
The Beatles
Drive My Car
Beatles
Eleanor Rigby
The Beatles
Here Comes the Sun
Beatles
Hey Jude
Beatles
I Wanna Hold Your Hand
The Beatles
I Will
The Beatles
Imagine
John Lennon
Let It Be
Beatles
Love Me Do
The Beatles
Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds
Beatles
Norwegian Wood
The Beatles
Ob La Di
The Beatles
Octapus' Garden
The Beatles
She Came In Through the Bathroom Window
Beatles
Something in the Way She Moves
Beatles
Strawberry Fields Forever
Beatles
Wait
The Beatles
When I'm 64
The Beatles
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
The Beatles
Yellow Submarine
Beatles
GREATFUL DEAD & REGGAE
Cold Rain and Snow
Greatful Dead
Friend of the Devil
Greatful Dead
I Can See Clearly Now
Jimmy Cliff
Is This Love
Bob Marley
Jack Straw
Greatful Dead
Ob La Di
Beatles
One Love
Bob Marley
Many Rivers to Cross
Jimmy Cliff
No Woman No Cry
Bob Marley
Not Fade Away
Greatful Dead
Ripple
Greatful Dead
Sitting in Limbo
Jimmy Cliff
Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Kamakawiwo'ole
Soul Shakedown Party
Bob Marley
They Loved Each Other
Greatful Dead
Til the Morning Comes
Greatful Dead
Touch of Grey
Greatful Dead
West L.A. Fadeaway
Greatful Dead
What A Wonderful World
Kamakawiwo'ole
TRADITIONAL AMERICANA / BLUEGRASS
Crawdad
Cumberland Gap
Foggy Mountain Breakdown
Gael (Last Mohican Soundtrack)
Getting' Married
Betina Hershey Russo & Nick Russo
I'll Fly Away
 
I am A Girl of Constant Sorrow
Just Like Rain
Jubilee
Keep On The Sunny Side
New River Train
Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms
Take Me For Longing
Alison Krauss and Union Station
Sail Away Ladies
Skye Boat Song
Two Little Boys
TRADITIONAL TRAIN SONGS
Buddy Won't You Roll Down the Line
Engine 143
Freight Train
I'm Bound To Ride
I've Been Working on the Railroad
Life is Like A Mountain Railway
The Longest Train
Midnight Train
Reuben's Train
Roll On Buddy
Wreck of the Old 97
To Work Upon the Railway
Wabash Cannonball
ROCKABILLY & COUNTRY
All the Road Running
Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris
Blue Suede Shoes
Carl Perkins / Elvis Presley
Can't Help Falling In Love With You
Elvis Presley
Cinderella
Steven Curtis Chapman
Crazy
Patsy Cline
Danny's Song
Kenny Loggins
Deep River Blues
Doc Watson
Hey Good Lookin'
Hank Williams
Honey Don't
Carl Perkins / Elvis Presley
I Will Wait
Mumford and Sons
Just Like Rain
Bluegrass Tune
Let's Have A Party
Wanda Jackson
Livin' Lovin' Wreck
Jerry Lee Lewis
Maybellen
Chuck Berry
Rave On
Buddy Holly
Ring of Fire
Johnny Cash
Rock Around the Clock
Bill Haley and The Comets
Take Me For Longing
Alison Krauss & Union Station
That's Alright Momma
Elvis Presley
These Boots Are Made For Walking
Nancy Sinatra
Wagon Wheel
Old Crow Medicine Show
FOLK - BOB DYLAN * JONI MITCHELL
A Case of You
Joni Mitchell
Ain't Never Had Nobody Like You
M. Ward
Big Yellow Taxi
Joni Mitchell
Both Sides Now
Joni Mitchell
Buckets of Rain
Bob Dylan
Don't Think Twice It's Alright
Bob Dylan
Dust in the Wind
Kansas
Hallelujah
Leonard Cohen
Like A Rolling Stone
Bob Dylan
You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go
Bob Dylan
more on request
BLUES OR 12/8 FEEL
Ain't Misbehavin'
 
At Last
Etta James
Body And Soul
Billie Holliday
Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man
 
Careless Love
Bessie Smith
Georgia
Ray Charles
God Bless the Child
Billie Holliday
I Ain't Got Nothin But The Blues
 
In The Dark
Nancy Wilson
Man I Love
Billie Holliday
Rocks In My Bed
Sarah Vaughan
She Caught the Katy
Taj Mahal
Since I Fell For You
Nancy Wilson
Summertime
Funk version
Willow Weep For Me
Billie Holliday
You Are My Sunshine
Ray Charles
WALTZ
Always
 
Bluesette
 
I'll Take Romance
 
My Romance
 
Someday My Prince Will Come
 
Tenderly
 
SPECIALTY SONGS
Hava Nagila
 
Copa Cabana
           
Ave Maria
 
Cover Band
80s Band
Dixieland Band
Jazz Band
Motown Band
Pop Band
Rock Band
Swing Band
Variety Band
R&B Band
Soul Band
Rockabilly Band
Acoustic Band
20s Band
30s Band
40s Band
Folk Band
Wedding Band
Jazz Orchestra
Proms
Weddings
Baby Showers
Bar Mitzvahs
Celebrations
Funerals
Happy Hours
Picnic
Bachelorette Parties
Concerts
Bat Mitzvahs
Bridal Showers
Events
Bachelor Parties
Banquets
Christenings
Conventions
Festivals
Fundraisers
Halloween Parties
Meetings
Birthday Parties (Kids)
Birthday Parties (Adult)
First Communions
Luau Parties
Wedding Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Engagement Parties
Family Reunions
Rehearsal Dinners
Please note Betina Hershey Russo will also travel to Long Island City, Brooklyn, North Bergen, Bronx, West New York, Union City, Weehawken, Flushing, Fairview, Edgewater, Hoboken, Jersey City, Ridgefield, Cliffside Park, Palisades Park, Fort Lee, Secaucus, Ridgefield Park, Leonia, Englewood Cliffs.
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