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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

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