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Catherine Russell

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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

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