ARTISTS

Catherine Russell

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Alone Together, vocalist Catherine Russell’s seventh studio album as a leader, is a search for truth. Drawing on composers and lyricists of The Great American Songbook—Irving Berlin, Eddie de Lange and Jimmy Van Heusen—along with songwriters from the Swing and Rhythm & Blues eras—Nat Cole, Louis Jordan, and Al Dubin and Harry Warren—Russell invigorates their creations. At the center is Russell’s voice, and while comparisons to Ella, Billie, Sarah, and Dinah abound—while flattering—she has a sound all her own. “Blues infused jazz tunes are the ones I gravitate towards, because they enable me to freely express myself in the moment,” says Russell.

Catherine Russell is a native New Yorker, born into musical royalty. Her father, the late Luis Russell, was a legendary pianist/composer/bandleader and Louis Armstrong's long-time musical director. Her mother, Carline Ray, was a pioneering vocalist/guitarist/bassist who performed with International Sweethearts of Rhythm, Mary Lou Williams, Sy Oliver, and countless others.

The songs on Alone Together ask timeless questions. Russell’s curatorial skills shine brightly with thirteen compositions, from the obscure to familiar standards. The title track, written by Arthur Schwartz and Howard Dietz, is full of hope that if everyone sticks together, we can overcome whatever is in front of us.

On her current outing, Russell embarks on a yearning quest. A philosophical mood pervades the proceedings, even when the singer gives in to her penchant for having fun. In “You Can’t Pull The Wool Over My Eyes,” a popular tune in 1936 among swing era big bands, this “honey lamb” won’t give in to deception. “Honesty is a good thing, and that’s what this tune is about,” says Russell. “And you can’t fool me.”

Russell continues with blues tunes by Louis Jordan: “Early In The Morning” and “Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby.” “Louis Jordan to me is pure fun, comical, bluesy and rhythmic,” Russell says. “The rhythm & blues era reminds me of having a good time with people.” An undeservedly obscure, long forgotten gem, “He May Be Your Dog, But He’s Wearing My Collar,” originally recorded by blues singer Rosa Henderson in 1923, declares that “a lie is some disgrace,” to which our heroine won’t abide, reaffirming the importance of honesty.

A thread of questioning continues through tunes like Irving Berlin’s classic “How Deep Is The Ocean?” and “When Did You Leave Heaven?” by Walter Bullock and Richard A. Whiting (previously covered by Little Jimmy Scott, Louis Armstrong, and Nancy Wilson), which receives Russell’s heartfelt, take-no-prisoners reading. “We don’t have the answers,” notes Russell. “How much I love you can be infinite, as infinite as the universe, and it’s an open-ended emotion.”

Alone Together features the core musicians of Russell’s touring band, including guitar virtuoso and musical director Matt Munisteri, pianist Mark Shane, bassist Tal Ronen, and drummer Mark McLean. Together, they’ve visited four continents appearing on major festivals, while also selling out concert halls from SFJAZZ’s Miner Auditorium in San Francisco, to Zankel Carnegie Hall in New York City, to Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow.

Catherine Russell combines a pedigree, where classic jazz & rhythm and blues run through her veins, with the sensibility of a lifetime in popular music. On Alone Together, an intoxicating brew emerges. The connections are real and natural, never forced, always true.

SHOWS

Feb
24
Catherine Russell
SJSH Hammer Theatre Center
101 Paseo De San Antonio San Jose, CA 95113
Mar
2
Catherine Russell
Bethany Baptist Church
275 W. Market St. Newark, NJ 07103
Mar
14
Catherine Russell
Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley
2033 6th Ave Seattle, WA 98121
Mar
23
Catherine Russell
Segerstrom Center for the Arts
Samueli Theatre – 7:00pm & 9:00pm 600 Town Center Dr, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Mar
24
Catherine Russell
The Fairmont Hotel
The Venetian Room “Bay Area Cabaret” 950 Mason St. San Francisco, CA 94108
Mar
26
Catherine Russell
Sierra 2 Center for the Arts and Community
24th Street Theatre 2791 24th St Sacramento, CA 95818
Mar
28
Catherine Russell
Thomasville Center for the Arts
4648, 600 E Washington St. Thomasville, GA 31792
Mar
29
Catherine Russell
Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
701 Okeechobee Blvd West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Apr
2
Catherine Russell
Charles H Morris Center
Savannah Music Festival – 5:00pm & 8:00pm 10 E Broad St Savannah, GA 31401
Apr
12
Catherine Russell
The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
Verizon Hall w/ The Philly Pops – 4/12 8:00pm, 4/13 3:00pm, 4/14 3:00pm 300 S Broad St Philade...
May
22
Catherine Russell
Jazz St. Louis – Jazz at the Bistro
Ferring Jazz Bistro 3536 Washington Ave St. Louis, MO 63101

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Along Together

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Record Label:  Dot Time Records
Release Date: March 1, 2019