Vocalist Catherine Russell is a native New Yorker, born into musical royalty. Her father, the late Luis Russell, was a legendary pianist, composer, and bandleader who served as Louis Armstrong's long-time musical director. Her mother, Carline Ray, was a pioneering vocalist, guitarist, and bassist who performed with the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, Mary Lou Williams, and Sy Oliver. Catherine's professional life began early. After graduating with honors from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, she embarked upon musical adventures with Carrie Smith, Steely Dan, David Bowie, Cyndi Lauper, Paul Simon, Jackson Browne, Michael Feinstein, Levon Helm, and Rosanne Cash, among others, touring the world and appearing on more than 200 albums. Russell's repertoire features a selection of gems from the 1920s through the present — vital interpretations that burst with soul and humor. With an off-the-beaten-path song selection, sparkling acoustic swing, and a stunning vocal approach, she has joined the ranks of the greatest interpreters and performers of American popular song with a string of critically acclaimed albums including Cat (2006) Sentimental Streak (2008) Strictly Romancin' (2012), Bring It Back (2014), and the GRAMMY-nominated Harlem on My Mind (2016).
Bio Sep 2018