Rusty Blevins was born in July 1973 in Chesterfield, Virginia. After attending Chesterfield County Schools and graduating from Thomas Dale High School, he attended James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia where he began seriously studying classical and jazz saxophone with Gunnar Mossblad.
In 1994, Rusty was selected to participate in the Disneyland All-American College Band in Anaheim, California. In 1995 Rusty was hired to perform at Huis Ten Bosch, a Dutch Resort in Nagasaki, Japan. For three years he performed as a member of the HTB Jazz Orchestra, Brass Ensemble, Saxophone Quartet, Woodwind Ensemble, and Salsa Band. After finishing his undergraduate degree in Saxophone Performance at JMU, Rusty had the opportunity to study with David Liebman in his annual saxophone masterclass at East Stroudsburg University in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania in the fall of 1998.
Rusty then moved to Las Vegas to pursue a Masters degree in Jazz Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas which he completed in May of 2000. In 2000, Rusty became a regular member of Art Vargas' band and over the next few years played many venues both in Las Vegas and across the country from Seattle, Washington to St. Augustine, Florida. From January 2003 until January 2004, Rusty played with Art Vargas at the Indigo Lounge in Bally's Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas performing a wide variety of Jazz, R&B, Swing, and Latin music. From March 2004 until March 2005 Rusty returned to Japan to again perform as part of the Huis Ten Bosch Orchestra and to lead the HTB Saxophone Quartet and Jazz Quartet. Rusty is now back in Las Vegas where he is performing with many musical groups including his own trio and quartet.
Rusty has performed and recorded with musicians such as David Liebman, Jim McNeely, Stefan Karlsson, Tom Warrington, Eliot Zigmund, Louis Bellson, Ed Soph, Kenny Rampton, Chris Vadala, Marv Stamm, John Fedchock, Joe Malone, Mike Eckroth, Bill Zappia, Sebastian Noelle, Kevin Thomas, Chris Benham, and with entertainers such as Clint Holmes, Art Vargas, Kenny Rogers, Franki Valli, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Lou Christy, Little Anthony and the Imperials, and Susan Anton.
Since 2000 Rusty has been part of Shapiro Project, a quartet which has recorded two albums, the first of which, True Colors, has been released on the TNC Jazz label. Rusty is a featured soloist on the UNLV Wind Orchestra CD Monkey with UNLV professor Tom Warrington and former UNLV professor Stefan Karlsson, as well as world-renowned drummer Eliot Zigmund. Rusty's classical saxophone can be heard on the 1999 recording of Daren Hagen's opera Bandanna. Rusty performs frequently in the Las Vegas area with numerous groups including his own trio and quartet. Check Rusty's calendar to find out where you can see him next.