Catherine Russell (singer)

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Catherine Russell
Catherine Russell 2009.jpg
Russell in a 2009 performance
Background information
Born 1956
Genres Contemporary jazz, blues
Occupation(s) 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]

From 2002 through 2004, Russell worked with David Bowie as a band member, providing backing vocals and featured contributions on guitar, keyboard and percussion for Bowie's Heathen Tour, A Reality Tour, and his late-2003 album Reality.

With the 2004 suspension of Bowie's touring career, Catherine signaled a new dedication to her solo career as a leading jazz and blues singer, and respected interpreter of popular and forgotten standards. Five fully conceived and excellently produced albums have followed, about one every two years, supported by an extensive touring schedule in Asia, Australia, Europe and the US.

With Russell's deep and genuine roots in jazz and the blues, a reputation for talent and quality performances, significant exposure in the country's jazz and other music venues (including Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center), Russell has become well known in jazz circles and, as of January 2014, was the second best-selling female artist on several jazz charts. [source coming]

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)

as sideman[edit]

With Amina Claudine Myers


  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 (February 12, 2008). "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 July 28, 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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