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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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Selected Discography

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Track List: Bring It Back

1. Bring It Back

2. I'm Shooting High

3. I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart

4. You Got To Swing And Sway

5. Aged And Mellow

6. The Darktown Strutters' Ball

7. Lucille

8. You've Got Me Under Your Thumb

9. After The Lights Go Down Low

10. I'm Sticking With You Baby

11. Strange As It Seems

12. Public Melody Number One

13. I Cover The Waterfront

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Track List: Strictly Romancin'

1. Under The Spell Of The Blues

2. I'm In The Mood For Love

3. Wake Up And Live

4. Ev'ntide

5. Romance In The Dark

6. I'm Checkin' Out, Goom' Bye

7. No More

8. Satchel Mouth Bay

9. Everything's Been Done Before

10. Don't Leave Me

11. I Haven't Changed A Thing

12. Everybody Loves My Baby

13. He's All I Need

14. Whatcha Gonna Do When There Ain't No Swing?

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Track List: Sentimental Streak

1. So Little Time (So Much To Do)

2. I'm Lazy, That's All

3. Kitchen Man

4. Oh, Yes, Take Another Guess

5. New Orleans

6. My Old Daddy's Got A Brand New Way To Love

7. To A Warmer Place

8. Thrill Me

9. You Better Watch Yourself, Bub

10. I've Got That Thing

11. I Don't Care Who Knows

12. Broken Nose

13. Luci

14. You For Me, Me For You

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Track List: Cat

1. Sad Lover Blues

2. Can't We Be Friends

3. The Late, Late Show

4. Where Can I Go Without You

5. Put Me Down Easy

6. My Man's An Undertaker

7. Blue Memories

8. Juneteenth Jamboree/Royal Garden Blues

9. Back O'Town Blues

10. Someday You'll Want Me To Want You

11. The Poker

12. You Were Made For Me

13. Darn That Dream

14. Deep In A Dream

15. New Speedway Boogie

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Track List: Harlem On My Mind

1. Harlem On My Mind

2. I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me

3. Swing! Brother, Swing!

4. The Very Thought Of You

5. You've Got The Right Key But The Wrong Keyhole

6. Don't Take Your Love From Me

7. Blue Turning Grey Over You

8. You're My Thrill

9. I Want A Man

10. When Lights Are Low

11. Talk To Me, Talk To Me

12. Let Me Be The First To Know

13. Goin' To Town

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prsfmail-man
Keep em' coming Catherine! I have got to see you live in concert...
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mrichberg2
Brilliant human being, brilliant friend, brilliant singer
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Bluemur
She's a fun performer and personality. I saw her sing and dance with the audience in July 2012 at the Virginia Blues & Jazz Festival.
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miaharted
Love Cat Russell, found her quite by mistake and she's one of my favs!
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mrdia
Nice free swinging style
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This is my first time listeningto this artist. I'll be attending a free concert tonite featuring Catherine Russell...

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