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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.   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.   Inside This Heart of Mine
  9.   I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart
  10.   As Long as I Live
  11.   Close Your Eyes
  12.   Everything's Been Done Before
  13.   You Got to Swing and Sway
  14.   New Speedway Boogie
  15.   Crazy Blues
  16.   No More
  17.   Troubled Waters
  18.   Whatcha Gonna Do When There Ain't No Swing?
  19.   The Late, Late Show
  20.   Juneteenth Jamboree/Royal Garden Blues
  21.   Can't We Be Friends
  22.   Lucille
  23.   Someday You'll Want Me to Want You
  24.   Just Because You Can
  25.   I'm Sticking with You Baby
  26.   Put Me Down Easy
  27.   Slow as Molasses
  28.   Public Melody Number One
  29.   Deep in a Dream
  30.   I Haven't Changed a Thing
  31.   All the Cats Join In
  32.   My Man's an Undertaker
  33.   The Darktown Strutter's Ball
  34.   Back O Town Blues
  35.   I'm Shooting High
  36.   We the People
  37.   The Poker
  38.   I'm in the Mood For Love
  39.   Darn That Dream
  40.   Don't Leave Me
  41.   Struttin' with Some Barbeque
  42.   Quiet Whiskey
  43.   November
  44.   Ev'ntide
  45.   I Cover the Waterfront
  46.   I'm Checkin' Out, Goom'bye
  47.   You Were Made for Me
  48.   Strange as It Seems
  49.   You've Got Me Under your Thumb
  50.   Satchel Mouth Baby
  51.   VG's Blues
  52.   Blue Memories
  53.   Sad Lover Blues
  54.   Wake Up and Live
  55.   Romance in the Dark
  56.   Under the Spell of the Blues
  57.   He's All I Need
  58.   Where Can I Go Without You
  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
  73.   Harlem on My Mind
  74.   I Can't Believe That You're in Love With Me
  75.   Swing! Brother, Swing!
  76.   The Very Thought of You
  77.   You've Got the Right Key But the Wrong Keyhole
  78.   Don't Take Your Love From Me
  79.   Blue Turning Grey Over You
  80.   You're My Thrill
  81.   I Want a Man
  82.   When Lights Are Low
  83.   Talk to Me
  84.   Let Me Be the First to Know

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