Mae­stro of time and space: Leon Rus­sell

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Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Leon Rus­sell may not have a gam­bling prob­lem, but he is spend­ing a good bit of this spring in casi­nos. His ex­tended tour in­cludes 18 stops in April alone, many of them at gam­ing es­tab­lish­ments — in­clud­ing Buf­falo Thun­der Re­sort & Casino. Rus­sell got his start as a ses­sion mu­si­cian in the 1960s and worked with the sto­ried Wreck­ing Crew, a group of Los An­ge­les stu­dio play­ers be­hind many of the day’s big­gest hits. The pi­anist and twangy singer’s 1970 self-ti­tled de­but al­bum con­tained the hit “A Song for You,” paving the way for a solo ca­reer that has been vi­brant ever since. Rus­sell plays the Shadeh Night­club (20 Buf­falo Thun­der Trail, off US 84/285) at 8 p.m. Thurs­day, April 2. Tick­ets, $20, are avail­able at www.tick­ets.com. — Loren Bien­venu

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