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Jazz Singer Catherine Russell Talks With Amoeba at Monterey Jazz Festival

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 23, 2012 10:15pm | Post a Comment
Vocalist Catherine Russell is a native New Yorker born to musical royalty. Her father, the late LuisCatherine Russell Russell, was a pioneering pianist/composer/bandleader and Louis Armstrong's long-time sidekick. Her mother, Carline Ray, is a bassist, guitarist, and vocalist, who has performed with Mary Lou Williams and International Sweethearts of Rhythm. Catherine’s professional life began early. After graduating with honors from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, she embarked upon a rich journey backing artists like Carrie Smith, Steely Dan, David Bowie, Cyndi Lauper, Paul Simon, Jackson Browne, Michael Feinstein, and Rosanne Cash.

Catherine has been on various compilations, including the soundtrack album for the award winning HBO show Boardwalk Empire, NPR’s The New Jazz DivasPutumayo Presents Rhythm & Blues, and Walkin’ and Swingin’ from the Kennedy Center’s Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival.

A curator of lesser known blues, jazz and swing tunes from the American Songbook, Catherine Russell breathes new life into standards--and "should be" standards. Her latest release, Strictly Romancin establishes Catherine Russell as one of the greatest interpreters and performers of American Popular Song. 

Our honorary Amoebite Bennett Jackson talked with the glamorous Russell at the Amoeba tent!

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