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Catherine Russell

Catherine Russell

Vocalist Catherine Russell is a rare bird indeed: a true jazz and blues singer who can sing virtually anything. She showcases that ability on her third album, Inside This Heart Of Mine, taking inspiration from many facets of the Great American Songbook. With her soulful voice and fearless interpretations, she has joined the ranks of the greatest interpreters of American Song.

Russell grew up in a musical family. Her father, Luis Russell, was a well known pianist in New Orleans and New York, eventually becoming Louis Armstrong’s Musical Director. Catherine’s mother, Carline Ray, is a bassist and vocalist who holds degrees from Juilliard and the Manhattan School of Music, and performed with Mary Lou Williams, among others. Growing up in a musically diverse household, Russell found her unique voice quickly, and released her debut solo recording in 2006.

Her second album, Sentimental Streak, was released in 2008. It received rave reviews and several awards in Europe. Sentimental Streak was named the Jazz Vocal Album of the Year by the Village Voice. Russell’s third album, released in 2010, covers similar ground as her previous releases, featuring material by Fats Waller, Peggy Lee, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and others.

Catherine Russell on Fresh Air with Terry Gross

Catherine Russell on Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz

• “Inside This Heart Of Mine”

• Catherine swings a Bessie Smith tune

Jon Bream writes about Catherine Russell stealing the show. . . .

What Other People Have Been Saying...

“It’s a delight to hear the real thing in Catherine Russell” -Wall Street Journal

“She is a fresh and original voice. The most exciting debut album I’ve heard in a long time.” -New York Sun


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