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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

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

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