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

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