John Russo Entertainer
                                                           Career Highlights

                                            Biography
 
John first hit the stage at the age 5 in​
Bensonhurst, Brooklyn tap dancing in silver tap shoes, and clown face. When he felt the joy of performance, it became a life long pursuit.
At Lakeland High School, in Shrub Oak, New York, John immersed himself in the Drama Club, "Wig and Whiskers", eventually became the President of the club, performed in such dramas as "Inherit the Wind", as Bert Cates. This production, along with musical productions, furthered his desire for performing.
 
The desire to be in Theatre was stoked by the Broadway Production of "Hello Dolly" with Ethel Merman. His parents brought him and his sister to this record breaking matinee performance. Afterwards, John is backstage standing next to Ethel Merman! He asked Ms. Merman when she started performing, along with 19 other questions. She was gracious, warm, and open. her response was, "try it honey, you never know".
 
Years later, John's Theatre Credits include Leads, or Supporting Roles in Professional, Equity, and Community Theatre Productions.  "La Cage Au Folles", "1776", "Fiorello", "Call Me Madam", "Annie Get Your Gun", "Laughter on the 23rd Floor", "Community Property", "Bent", "Slap and Tickle"to name a few.
 
   In the Catskills, at the Stevensville Country Club in New York, John worked backstage, learning what it takes to perform live in front of an audience as a solo act .
 
Along the way, the need to earn a living and performing was combined into the "Singing Bartender", a concept which lasted for thirty years, and is still available today.
 
Today, John is a singer/entertainer, offering his heart and soul, through music.
 
The songs that Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald, and more, are a major influence on his performances.
 
Currently performing

The Starlite Room in Sarasota,Chiantis Ristorante Italiano
​and Private Events


John has enjoyed a great reception from audiences. Come see and hear why audiences return again, and again
 
 
 
  Customer Testimonials
 Trip Advisor, The Starlite Room, ABC 7 Suncoast View, Herald Tribune                          
 
Wade Tantangelo, Herald Tribune;
Listed in Ticket Sarasota"Top 5 Things to do" consistently for all his shows and Wade Tatangelo calls John "The Expert Crooner", ​"The Gifted Crooner", "Top Shelf Crooner and Overall Entertainer", "Great Crooner and Entertainer", "Ole Blue Eye's Specialist". "Keep the Romance going with John Russo crooning the classics".

Top 25 Bars in Sarasota (The Starlite Room)" When John Russo is in the house, classic crooning".
 
-ABC 7 SunCoast View- Top 5 things to do on New Year's Eve 2015
​- 2016 Top 8 Great New Year"s Eve Events/ Herald Tribune Ticket Magazine 
 
 12/11/15- Wade Tatangelo"1. Celebrate what would have been Frank Sinatra's centennial birthday with a tribute performance by Ol' Blues Eyes specialist John Russo"
 
 "John Russo own's Monday Nights, what a great time!!!”
[5 of 5 stars] Reviewed July 7, 2015
“Monday's - My New Favorite Day of the Week!"
[5 of 5 stars] Reviewed July 18, 2015
"John Russo brings the Rat Pack to life on Monday nights... So much fun!”
[5 of 5 stars] Reviewed July 13, 2015
                                      The Starlite Room
One fan says "His show is NOT to be missed"
Another Says "He just keeps getting better and better"
                                   ABC 7 SunCoast View
Senior Producer, Joey Panek says " Once you hear him sing, you want to go back".
Co-Host Linda Carson calls John " Our Favorite Suncoast Singer"
"Our Very Own Frank Sinatra"

SRQ Daily Magazine, Philip Lederer calls his show " a Musical Time Machine"



Coffee and Donuts Radio Show WSRQ
​John Russo
Re-Broadcast July 28th 2017
​Season 3, Episode 4




                 Team Russo - The people that make it happen!
  John Russo, Judy Giannotti(Publicist) Lori Lockhart(Executive Producer)