Friday, August 7, 2020

Catherine Russell

Co-producers Katherine Miller, Paul Kahn and Catherine Russell—the team behind Russell’s previous album, Harlem On My Mind (2016), a GRAMMY® Award-nominee for Best Jazz Vocal Album—are reunited for their fifth album together on Alone Together . The winning streak started with Inside This Heart of Mine (2010) , which reached #1 on JazzWeek and Roots Music Report radio charts, also charting on Billboard and reaching #1 on iTunes and Amazon jazz charts. Strictly Romancin’ (2012) was awarded Prix du Jazz Vocal (Vocal Album of The Year) by the French Jazz Academy, Grand Prix du Hot Club de France, and a Bistro Award for Outstanding Recording. Her fifth solo album, Bring It Back (2014), received a 5-star review in DownBeat.

Russell is also a featured vocalist with today’s leading big bands and symphony orchestras. She has toured with Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, and appeared with the Count Basie Orchestra, Andy Farber and His After Midnight Orchestra, Knoxville Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Philharmonic Orchestra of St. Petersburg, Russia; Miami’s New World Symphony, and The Pasadena Pops Orchestra conducted by Michael Feinstein. In addition, Russell has joined forces with the great guitarist, vocalist and raconteur, John Pizzarelli, performing a salute to Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra, titled “Billie & Blue Eyes,” which has become a smash hit on the performing arts circuit.

Russell’s professional life began early. After graduating with honors from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, she was fortunate to work with David Bowie, Steely Dan, Cyndi Lauper, Paul Simon, Jackson Browne, Michael Feinstein, Levon Helm, Wynton Marsalis, Rosanne Cash, and jazz-blues vocalist Carrie Smith, among others. Performing as a backup singer, multi-instrumentalist, and lead singer, before launching her solo recording career, Russell has appeared on over 200 albums. In 2012, she received a GRAMMY® Award as a featured artist on the soundtrack of the HBO TV series Boardwalk Empire. She performed the award-winning song, “Crazy Blues,” on PBS’s Great Performances special,GRAMMY® Salute To Music Legends 2017 .