Russell Kranes is the consummate professional musician. Born in Queens and raised in Connecticut, Russell studied jazz piano under masters Bob Hurst and the late, great Geri Allen. Upon graduating college, Russell worked in pastry arts for two years before ultimately deciding to tenaciously pursue music. He moved to NYC in June of 2013 and began performing immediately. Nine years later, Russell currently works seven days per week as a ballet accompanist, a church musical director and a freelance jazz pianist. He is a ballet accompanist for Hunter College's Dance department and at the Mark Morris Dance Group. He is the musical director for Corona United Congregational Church and co-director for The Worship Center at Second Canaan Baptist Church. Russell freelances with a vast array of incredible musicians throughout New York and beyond, performing a multitude of styles and venues.