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Rusty Farmer is a native of Richmond where he has been performing since his early teenage years.  He continued to pursue his love of music while studying at Virginia Commonwealth University where he completed his Bachelors of Music Degree in Jazz Studies.  While at VCU he studied with Clarence Seay, Mark Bernat, Paul Langosch, Victor Dvoskin, Doug Richards, Paul Bedell, and John D’earth.  As a teacher Rusty has been giving private electric bass guitar and string bass instruction in the Richmond area for over fifteen years.   He joined the teaching studios at Richmond Music Center in 1999.  His goals as instructor is to motivate, inspire, and educate the total musician.  He is well versed in music theory, improvisation, as well as various styles of music.  As a performer, rusty had the privilege to accompany John Patykula, Charlie Mosser, and Kevin Harding by touring in Peru where they gave a master class and preformed several concerts.  In April 2007, Rusty had the opportunity to perform with Quatro na Bossa in Dizzy’s Club at the Lincoln Center in New York City.  Locally, he has performed in the musicals, Blues in the Night, Mame,  Red Hot and Cole at the Barkesdale Theater and beauty and the Beauty and the Beast with Theater IV.  Rusty enjoys playing in the musical genres of jazz, Classical, country, folk, rock, pop, the music of Cuba and Brazil, and many others.  He has played with Old School Freight Train, Stephanie Nakasian and Hod O’Brien, Quarto na Bossa, Harry Allen, Kyle Davis, Spectrum, Liz Sineath, Skip Gailes, Nate Smith, Steve Kessler, John D’earth, Bob Hallahan, Royce Campbell, Used Carlotta, Louis Ledford, Anthony Dowd, Robert Jospe, Inner Rhythm, and many others.  He has recorded for Used Carlotta “Reckless Wheels” Louis Ledford “reverie”, The Children’s Miracle Network “A Time for Miracles” volumes 1 &2, Jackie Frost “cold Lonely Blues”, Quarto na Bossa “Summer Samba”, Kenny Epps’ Native Son “Sunrise”.  Rusty currently plays with the Jackie Frost Ensemble, Gypsy Roots, Terri Simpson Trio, John Conley Trio, Tommy Witten Trio, Mills Family Band, Emme St. James, Quatro ma Bossa, and the  Butterbean Jazz Quartet.  You can see him perform with the worship band at the Commonwealth Chapel  on Sundays, the Butterbean Jazz Quartet every  Sunday night at Bottoms Up Pizza in Scockhoe Bottom, and with the Terri Simpson Trio every Friday night at the Hardshell Restaurant.  To hear samples of his ensembles, please check out his website; www.rpfmusic.net. Rusty and his wife Susan reside in Richmond. In his spare time he enjoys fishing, traveling, target practice, and watching 24. They have a dog named Tootie and three cats, Zomari, Tibia, and Yellow.

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