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

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