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Jeff Russo

Jeff Russo

American songwriter and composer
Jeff Russo
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Intro American songwriter and composer
Is Songwriter Musician Composer Guitarist
From United States of America
Type Music
Gender male
Birth 31 August 1969, Los Angeles, USA
Age 51 years
Star sign Virgo
Rock music
Peoplepill ID jeff-russo
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Jeff Russo (born August 31) is an American composer, songwriter, guitarist, vocalist and music producer, and one of the two founding members of American rock band Tonic. He is also a founding member of acoustic rock band Low Stars.

Russo is also known for his work as composer on various films and television series, notably Fargo, Star Trek: Picard , Legion, Counterpart, and Star Trek: Discovery, He also scored the miniseries The Night Of, and the acclaimed video game What Remains of Edith Finch. For his work on Fargo, he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Limited Series, Movie, or Special in 2017.


He currently scores two Peabody Award-nominated shows: CBS’s reimagining of the iconic cult-classic series Star Trek: Discovery, and FX’s Legion, starring Dan Stevens and Aubrey Plaza, as well as Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy starring Ellen Page, Tom Hopper and Mary J. Blige, based on the popular comic book series by Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba, and Noah Hawley’s feature directorial debut from Fox Searchlight, Lucy in the Sky, starring Natalie Portman and Jon Hamm. His recent film work further includes scoring Mark Wahlberg’s action-thriller film Mile 22, Craig Macneill’s Lizzie, starring Chloë Sevigny and Kristen Stewart, which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival before releasing in theaters, and Jon Avnet’s Three Christs, starring Richard Gere, which premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.

Russo and his wife, musician Nina Gordon, of the band Veruca Salt, have two children together.



Year Album
1996 Lemon Parade
1999 Live and Enhanced
1999 Sugar
2002 Head on Straight
2009 A Casual Affair: The Best of Tonic
2010 Tonic
2016 Lemon Parade Revisited

Guest appearance

Year Album
2016 TAMA GIRARD "When I Think of You" (Single)

Low Stars

Year Album
2007 Calling All Friends EP
2007 Low Stars


Year Album
2007-8 Make Me Feel Good About Me (unreleased)



Year Title Director(s)
2012 About Cherry Stephen Elliott
Watercolor Postcards Rajeev Dassani
2013 Free Ride Shana Betz
Bad Behaviour Nicholas Brandt
Lisa Hamil
2014 The Surface Gil Cates Jr.
2017 Three Christs Jon Avnet
Submission Richard Levine
2018 Lizzie Craig William Macneill
Mile 22 Peter Berg
2019 Lucy in the Sky Noah Hawley


Year Series Notes
2009 The Unusuals
2010 My Generation
2011–2013 Necessary Roughness Scored 16 episodes
2013–2014 Hostages Composed with Ben Decter
2014–present Fargo
  • Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Limited Series, Movie, or Special for "Aporia"
  • Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Limited Series, Movie, or Special for "Loplop"
  • Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Limited Series, Movie, or Special for "The Crocodile's Dilemma"
2015 Tut TV Mini-series
2016 American Gothic
2016 The Night Of TV mini-series
2016–present Lucifer Composed with Ben Decter
Replaced Marco Beltrami and Dennis Smith for Season 2 onwards
2017–2018 Ghosted
2017–2019 Legion
2017—present Snowfall
Star Trek: Discovery Original Star Trek Theme by Alexander Courage
2017—2019 Counterpart
2018—present Altered Carbon
Star Trek: Short Treks Original Star Trek Theme by Alexander Courage
Composed Main theme and the score for the first season along with the music for "Children Of Mars" from the second season. The rest of the second season continued to use Russo's title theme but the scores were otherwise composed by various composers including Kris Bowers, Nami Melumad and others, with Michael Giacchino serving as supervising composer and writing the music for the short that he directed.
2018 Waco Co-composed with Jordan Gagne
TV Mini-series
2018 Santa Clarita Diet Composed 2nd and 3rd season. 1st season composed by John Debney
2019–present The Umbrella Academy
2019 The Act
2019 For All Mankind
2019 The InBetween
2019 Treadstone
2020 Star Trek: Picard

Video Game

Year Title Studio Notes
2017 What Remains of Edith Finch Giant Sparrow Nominated — BAFTA Game Award for Best Music
2018 Madden NFL 18 Electronic Arts Movie in game entitled Longshot
The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 28 May 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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