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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 is Carline Ray, a veteran jazz bassist, vocalist, graduate of the Julliard 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 is 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, gospel and opera music. But she was a late bloomer, not establishing a recording career as a leader until much later in life. She 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. 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 with the 2006 CD Cat for the World Village label with guitarist Frank Portolese and banjo or mandolin player Stuart J. Rosenberg, followed by Sentimental Streak in 2008 featuring guitarist/producer Larry Campbell and special guests Howard Johnson and Steven Bernstein, recorded at the studios of Levon Helm in Woodstock, N.Y. In 2012, Russell returned with Strictly Romancin'. ~ 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.   Bring It Back
  3.   Everybody Loves My Baby
  4.   After the Lights Go Down Low
  5.   Long, Strong and Consecutive
  6.   Aged and Mellow
  7.   Spoonful
  8.   Ev'ntide
  9.   No More
  10.   I'm Shooting High
  11.   Sad Lover Blues
  12.   I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart
  13.   New Speedway Boogie
  14.   Lucille
  15.   VG's Blues
  16.   Whatcha Gonna Do When There Ain't No Swing?
  17.   Close Your Eyes
  18.   As Long as I Live
  19.   Put Me Down Easy
  20.   My Man's an Undertaker
  21.   We the People
  22.   Public Melody Number One
  23.   Crazy Blues
  24.   The Poker
  25.   Slow as Molasses
  26.   Juneteenth Jamboree/Royal Garden Blues
  27.   Just Because You Can
  28.   Can't We Be Friends
  29.   You Were Made for Me
  30.   The Darktown Strutter's Ball
  31.   You Got to Swing and Sway
  32.   Romance in the Dark
  33.   November
  34.   I'm Sticking with You Baby
  35.   Blue Memories
  36.   Back O Town Blues
  37.   Inside This Heart of Mine
  38.   Darn That Dream
  39.   Someday You'll Want Me to Want You
  40.   Struttin' with Some Barbeque
  41.   Quiet Whiskey
  42.   Troubled Waters
  43.   Wake Up and Live
  44.   Strange as It Seems
  45.   The Late, Late Show
  46.   All the Cats Join In
  47.   He's All I Need
  48.   Don't Leave Me
  49.   Everything's Been Done Before
  50.   Where Can I Go Without You
  51.   I Cover the Waterfront
  52.   I'm Checkin' Out, Goom'bye
  53.   Satchel Mouth Baby
  54.   I Haven't Changed a Thing
  55.   You've Got Me Under your Thumb
  56.   Deep in a Dream
  57.   I'm in the Mood For Love
  58.   Under the Spell of the Blues
  59.   So Little Time (So Much to Do)
  60.   I'm Lazy, That's All
  61.   Kitchen Man
  62.   Oh Yes, Take Another Guess
  63.   New Orleans
  64.   My Old Daddy's Got a Brand New Way to Love
  65.   South to a Warmer Place
  66.   Thrill Me
  67.   You Better Watch Yourself, Bub
  68.   I've Got That Thing
  69.   I Don't Care Who Knows
  70.   Broken Nose
  71.   Luci
  72.   You for Me, Me for You

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