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Catherine Russell

Jazz and blues vocalist Catherine Russell, a native of New York City, was born with distinctive bloodlines. Her father was Luis Russell, the renowned big-band leader who was born in Panama and lived in New Orleans and New York City. He was a groundbreaking vintage jazzman -- a pianist, composer/arranger, and most prominently, the music director for Louis Armstrong in the mid-'40s. Her mother was Carline Ray, a veteran jazz bassist, vocalist, graduate of the Juilliard and Manhattan Schools of Music, and famous for performing with the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, Mary Lou Williams, and Wynton Marsalis, among many others. Naturally Catherine Russell was influenced by old-time blues and jazz singers like Bessie Smith, Ruth Brown, and Etta James, as well as the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Nancy Wilson, Abbey Lincoln, and gospel and opera music. But she was a late bloomer, not establishing a recording career as a leader until much later in life. Ray has appeared at numerous festivals and on nationally syndicated radio and television shows. As a backup singer, she has worked with Paul Simon, David Bowie, Steely Dan, Cyndi Lauper, Jackson Browne, Rosanne Cash, Joan Osborne, and Madonna. One may have also heard her voice on TV and radio commercials for Bud Light, Oil of Olay, J.C. Penney, and Dairy Queen, or singing jazz with groups including bassist Earl May, pianist Larry Ham, drummer Eddie Locke, or Jimmy Wormworth, Russell emerged as a retro old-school vocalist for the ages. She finally debuted on her own in the 2000s with Cat (2006) for the World Village label, with guitarist Frank Portolese and banjo or mandolin player Stuart J. Rosenberg, followed by Sentimental Streak (2008) featuring guitarist/producer Larry Campbell and special guests Howard Johnson and Steven Bernstein, recorded at the studios of Levon Helm in Woodstock, New York. The following decade, Russell released Strictly Romancin' (2012), Bring It Back (2014), and Harlem on My Mind (2016), the last of which was nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best Jazz Vocal Album. ~ Michael G. Nastos
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Stations Featuring
Catherine Russell

    Blues Women

    Blues Women
    2 songs

Albums by
Catherine Russell

Top Songs by
Catherine Russell

  1.   Song
  2.   After the Lights Go Down Low
  3.   I'm Checkin' Out, Goom'bye
  4.   I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart
  5.   Long, Strong and Consecutive
  6.   Aged and Mellow
  7.   Bring It Back
  8.   Everybody Loves My Baby
  9.   Spoonful
  10.   Slow as Molasses
  11.   Under the Spell of the Blues
  12.   I'm Shooting High
  13.   Someday You'll Want Me to Want You
  14.   Struttin' with Some Barbeque
  15.   My Man's an Undertaker
  16.   Ev'ntide
  17.   The Poker
  18.   I Cover the Waterfront
  19.   November
  20.   Lucille
  21.   Crazy Blues
  22.   Can't We Be Friends
  23.   I'm in the Mood For Love
  24.   Where Can I Go Without You
  25.   Close Your Eyes
  26.   The Darktown Strutter's Ball
  27.   The Late, Late Show
  28.   Satchel Mouth Baby
  29.   Inside This Heart of Mine
  30.   Blue Memories
  31.   He's All I Need
  32.   I Haven't Changed a Thing
  33.   Deep in a Dream
  34.   Whatcha Gonna Do When There Ain't No Swing?
  35.   New Speedway Boogie
  36.   Public Melody Number One
  37.   No More
  38.   Just Because You Can
  39.   I'm Sticking with You Baby
  40.   Troubled Waters
  41.   Juneteenth Jamboree/Royal Garden Blues
  42.   Darn That Dream
  43.   Sad Lover Blues
  44.   As Long as I Live
  45.   Romance in the Dark
  46.   Everything's Been Done Before
  47.   Put Me Down Easy
  48.   All the Cats Join In
  49.   Back O Town Blues
  50.   You've Got Me Under your Thumb
  51.   You Were Made for Me
  52.   Strange as It Seems
  53.   Quiet Whiskey
  54.   Wake Up and Live
  55.   We the People
  56.   Don't Leave Me
  57.   You Got to Swing and Sway

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