Russ Strathdee

Russ Strathdee

 Barrie, Ontario, CAN
BandJazzAdult Contemporary

The Russ Strathdee group consists of a seasoned, tight, professional rhythm section fronted by Russ on saxophones, with an optional highly respected singer/songwriter playing lead guitar. Our song list will be tailored to the genre for your event.


As a saxophonist and composer, Russ has been a vibrant influence in the music scene for more than 15 years. Growing up in Toronto and studying music at Humber College has put him on stage with well-known artists such as Jackie Wilson, Bill Cosby, Doug Riley, and Domenic Trioano.

Moving north to Simcoe County, Russ continues to work with a number of the popular bands in the area. He has done recording sessions with other artists on over 60 projects and has earned the nickname Dr. Sax.

Russ's CD "Reflections" showcases a few of his many compositions and features several top performers.


The Heat Of Your Touch

Written By: Russell Strathdee

The heat of your touch
the touch of your lips
make my senses rise.
You're looking for love
… I can see…
that it's in your eyes.

Each time you touch me
… touch my very soul
(almost spoken) I want to hold you
…'til I overflow… with love.

The touch of your lips
the heat of your touch
make me long for more
‘Tho you oughta know
I'm eager to find…
that you can't let go.

When we're together
all I want to feel
(almost spoken) Is the heat of your touch
… the touch of the warmth…in you.


2004: Russ Strathdee - Reflections RGS001
2003: Wayne Buttery and the Groove Project - Live At Twisters WBGP002
2002: Moonglow Volume 1 - Live at the Starlight Ballroom - Moonglow Records CD001
2002: Suite Pete - Enjoy It - PB 01211
1999: The Martels Rock & Roll Show - Live In Concert
1999: Louise Petre - Songs My Mother Taught Me - RDRCD-1551
1998: Tommy Lovegrove sings Something Wonderful - BKK-504
1998: Figleaf Jazz Band - Fig McBits
1997: Shawn Mei - No Pressure 1997 Amato Music
1996: Fig Pudding - The Figleaf Jazz Band
1996: Figleaf Jazzband Live At Twin Lakes
1993: The Martels - Rock and Roll Show TMC-193
1983: Walkin' A Fine Line - Johansen - Coach House Records CHLP #21188
1982: Dennis deSouza "I'll Always Love You" - track: "You Are So Magical" - dds Records #105
1980: Only The Children Know / Stacey - Mainroads Productions Inc
1970: Heads Of Our Time / The Majestics - ARC790
1969: Here Come Da Judge / The Majestics - ARC780
1969: The Soul King / Otis Redding / A Tribute / The Majestics - ARC770
1968: Funky Broadway / The Majestics - ARC752
1968: Instrumental R&B / The Majestics - ARC732
1966: Going Places with the Regents - Quality V-1757
1966 Single: Me And You - featuring Dunc & Judi - Quality
1962: Twangy Guitar - Kenny Hepburn - ARC510

Set List

Jazz/Blues/Rock Standards:
- Can't Buy Me Love (Instrumental) *
- The Look Of Love *
- Summertime *
- Honky Tonk & Mr. Lee *
- That's What Love Will Make You Do
- Comin' Home
- Desafinado
- Just Friends

1. Woodwind For Weber 5:42
2. Never Too Late To Be Late 4:10
3. Rays On Detra Blues 4:54 *
4. Eloise It’s You 7:09
5. Boppin’ With The Bruce 4:19
6. Reflections 3:35
7. Groove Grove 5:19 *
8. The Heat Of Your Touch 4:42 *
9. Good Times ‘N Bad Times 5:05
10. No Turn Unstoned 4:44
11. Linda Love 5:27

* = Check Audio Sample

A typical engagement consists of 2 or 3 sets of 45 minutes, each. Cover tunes include This Masquerade, Girl From Ipanema, The Outskirts Of Town, Let The Good Times Roll and other jazz / blues standards.