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

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