Russell Scarbrough's compelling, visceral works reflect a diverse array of musical resources, drawing inspiration from both the jazz tradition and from contemporary classical music. His music is filled with stimulating themes, and brims with rich contrasts and unpredictable rhythmic energy. A four-time ASCAP Plus Award recipient, Scarbrough's works are regularly performed by jazz ensembles, orchestras, and chamber groups internationally, and he makes frequent appearances as an educator, a conductor, and a performer.
His compositions and arrangements have been performed by the Fort Worth Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, Santa Rosa Symphony, Columbus Symphony, Eastman Studio Orchestra, Bemus Bay Pops Orchestra, American Jazz Composer's Orchestra, Dublin City Jazz Orchestra, Baltimore Jazz Alliance Big Band, the US Army Blues Jazz Ensemble, and the US Naval Academy Next Wave Jazz Ensemble. Soloists such as Randy Brecker, Jon Faddis, Ali Ryerson, Clay Jenkins, Charles Pillow, Eric Alexander, Bob Sheppard, and Stefon Harris have performed his works.
Russell Scarbrough currently directs the Canisius College Jazz Ensemble. He studied composition with Hank Levy at Towson State University, and Bill Dobbins at the Eastman School of Music, where he received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 2008.