The Hitman Blues Band



Russell "Hitman" Alexander
Mike Porter
Kevin Rymer
Jay Sharkey

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Russell "Hitman" Alexander - Guitar, Vocals, composer & lyricist

Having over 40 years experience as a professional musician/bandleader, songwriter, publisher, and record company owner, Russell "Hitman" Alexander has seen many sides of the business. He has performed worldwide, first playing with “society" orchestras (Lester Lanin, Peter Duchin, Roger Stanley, and many others), with the progressive rock act “Childhood’s End”, the new wave band “Candy”, and now with his own group, The Hitman Blues Band.

As the son of famed jazz vibist Ray Alexander, he was exposed to music from childhood on. Early memories include his father’s jam sessions with luminaries such as Tal Farlow, Major Holley, Oliver Jackson, and many others, as well as attending many live performances. It was always his goal to be a professional musician, but he also began songwriting in his early teens.

Now, with the experience of thousands of performances to draw on, he’s constantly looking for ways to both give his audience a great show, and share his enthusiasm for the songs.


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Paul Gilmore
Mike Porter - Bass Guitar
Guy LaFountaine
Kevin Rymer - Keyboards

Mike Porter has played in numerous groups, ranging from Greatful Dead tributes bands to esoteric funk.

Aside from his impressive abilities on bass, he also handles vocals and, when needed, acoustic guitar.

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Kevin has been performing for over 25 years, and is one of the earliest players to take full advantage of the electronic revolution that brought in synthesis.

During that time, he still remained deeply involved in the traditional Hammond sound, playing on B-2 and B-3 organs in clubs and concerts all along the east coast.


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Kevin Bents
Jay Sharkey - Drums

Jay is a New York drummer who has appeared in clubs throughout the tri-state area.

Known as both a drummer and a lead/backup vocalist, Jay has graced the stages with numerous Long Island and New York rock and blues bands.

His repetoire covers such diverse music as blues, reggae, rock, heavy metal, jazz, latin, funk and soul.

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