Named after two adjacent hills in San Francisco,
Russian Telegraph mixes the funk and soul of Curtis Bumpy, the art song of the Beth Custer Ensemble, and
the worldly compositional stylings of David James's GPS.
Along with presenting original music by its members, the collective also performs their arrangements of songs by Caetano Veloso, Soundgarden, Paolo Conte, Nelson Cavaquinho, and others.
"(The) fusion of these amazing written arrangements,
especially the melodies and passages with clarinets and
trumpet, with some of the more open and dynamic
groove sections ... seems really satisfying for both
players and audience"
Beth Custer – clarinets, voice
David James – guitar, voice
Chris Grady – trumpet
Diana Mangano – voice
Jordan Glasgow – keyboards
Keith McArthur – bass
John Hanes – drums