Catherine Russell (singer)

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This article is about Catherine Russell, the jazz and blues vocalist. For the British actress, see Catherine Russell.
Catherine Russell
Catherine Russell 2009.jpg
Russell in a 2009 performance
Background information
Born 1956
Genres Contemporary jazz, blues
Occupations Musician
Instruments Vocals
Website Official Catherine Russell Website

Catherine Russell (born 1956)[1] is a contemporary jazz and blues vocalist.

Her father, the late Luis Russell, was Louis Armstrong's long-time musical director,[2] and her mother, the late Carline Ray,[3] held degrees from both Juilliard and Manhattan School of Music and performed with the International Sweethearts of Rhythm during World War II.[4]

She also worked with David Bowie as backing vocal and playing percussion, keyboards and guitar in Heathen Tour, Reality album and in A Reality Tour from 2002 to 2004.

Russell's cover of the 1920s song Crazy Blues was used in Episode 10, Season 1 of the HBO drama Boardwalk Empire.[5] This song was included on a soundtrack recording [6] that won in 2012 for Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media at the 54th Grammy Awards.[7]


  • Cat (2006)
  • Sentimental Streak (2008)
  • Inside This Heart of Mine (2010)
  • Strictly Romancin' (2012)
  • Bring It Back (2014)


  1. ^ Nat Hentoff and Lewis Porter, At the Jazz Band Ball: Sixty Years on the Jazz Scene (University of California Press, 2010: ISBN 0-520-26113-5), p. 26.
  2. ^ Hogg, Karen (2008-02-12). "CD/LP Review: Sentimental Streak". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2010-09-12. 
  3. ^ Yardley, William. "Carline Ray, an Enduring Pioneer Woman of Jazz, Dies at 88". New York Times. Retrieved 2013-07-28. 
  4. ^ "Catherine Russell: An In-Studio Fresh Air Concert", interview/concert with Terry Gross, host; NPR, May 28, 2012.
  5. ^ HBO: Boardwalk Empire: S 1 EP 10: Music date retrieved 10/20/12
  6. ^ "Boardwalk Empire (Volume 1 Music From The Hbo Original Series) Soundtrack". CD Universe. CD Universe. Retrieved 28 July 2013. 
  7. ^ Haury, A.C. "Boardwalk Empire Wins at 54th Annual Grammy Awards, Wins Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media". Yahoo TV. Retrieved 2013-07-28. 

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