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

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