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