Russell Hoffmann

Music Performance Faculty in Jazz Piano


Russell Hoffmann is currently Associate Professor of Piano at Berklee College of Music. He is featured as a pianist, recording artist, composer and arranger in many styles of contemporary music including jazz, Latin and pop styles. He has served as musical director for Concord recording artist Marlena Shaw, and the University of Minnesota's Twelve Moods for Jazz Langston Hughes project. He has performed with many music luminaries including Jack McDuff, James Moody, Billy Hart, Donald Harrison, Bobbie McFerrin, Paula Cole, Peter Lietch, Ritchie Cole and many of Boston 's finest jazz artists. Broadcasts on WMRE and WGBH, CBC. Arrangements performed by Boston Pops, Rochester Philharmonic, and Plymouth Philharmonic. As a clinician, Russ has appeared in Berklee's Umbria Jazz Festival Summer Program, Perugia, Italy, Berklee in Taipei , ICOM Kuala Lampur Malaysia, Seoul Jazz Academy Seoul Korea, Belgrade, Serbia, Pan School Tokyo, Japan, Heineken Jazz Fest San Juan Puerto Rico and the Berklee Annual Jazz festival. He is the author of workbooks on Keyboard Comping, Ensemble Performance and the Berklee Practice Method.


  • B.M., University of Texas
  • M.Ed., Cambridge College