Twice GRAMMY nominated singer Catherine Russell to perform at Jazz at Lincoln Center this weekend

Two-time GRAMMY®-nominated singer Catherine Russell, when asked to characterize her new album, replied, “I love swinging romance.” The masterful singer released Send For Me on April 1 via Dot Time Records, which features a dozen newly recorded tracks on her eighth album as a leader, meeting a simple and demanding standard. “Songs that inspire me or touch me in some way. When I find a song that I love, it haunts me until I learn it.” Its mission is to find songs that you may not have heard but deserve attention.

The album received worldwide acclaim. In early February, the release of a first music video/single, At The Swing Cats Ball, was followed by an appearance on NPR’s Tiny Desk (Home). The Wall Street Journal, Downbeat Magazine, The Absolute Sound, No Depression, WBGO, London Jazz News and other leading media have praised Send For Me, and jazz radio loves it too: for over 6 months old, Send For Me sat at #2 on JazzWeek’s running radio list.

Catherine has a full schedule of performances planned on the East Coast and in Europe to wrap up the year. Among them is his annual four-night residency at Dizzy’s Club at Jazz at Lincoln Center from September 29 to October 2, with two shows every night. She will also stop in Washington, DC for performances at Blues Alley the weekend of October 22-23. On Sunday November 20, she will travel to London for two sets at the PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho). The remaining album’s tour schedule and date-specific information can be found below.

Catherine celebrated her album on a coast-to-coast tour, which will continue until 2022. Most recently, she flew to Athens, Greece to perform with Jazz at Lincoln Center in a former outdoor theater in the shadow of the Parthenon. Last spring, during the week of her album release, Catherine gave six performances, revealing the extent of her artistic reach, from a sold-out show with her band at the Scullers Jazz Club in Boston, to a performing at the festival in Fort Worth, Texas, co-headlining Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Famer Steve Miller, backed by an all-star band including Nathan East on bass. In the meantime, Catherine served as educator/performer on a tribute to International Sweethearts of Rhythm for families and children at the Montclair Art Museum, a show sponsored by WBGO, at the invitation of NEA Jazz Master Dorthaan Kirk. In Richmond, Virginia, Catherine led a seven-piece band with singers Brianna Thomas and Charenee Wade on their tribute to the first women of the blues, Ladies Sing The Blues. Catherine appeared for the second time in two weeks at Carnegie Hall, as a guest on Michael Feinstein’s Standard Time show, where Theater Pizzazz critic Marilyn Lester noted that “the extraordinary jazz singer Catherine Russell has added tremendous energy to an already vibrant program.” At an evening covering James Brown songs to celebrate City Winery founder Michael Dorf’s 60th birthday, Catherine sang “Dad’s Got A Brand New Bag” and “Cold Sweat,” backed by Steven Bernstein’s MTO.

Trumpeter and arranger, Bernstein, who had harnessed Russell’s voice to lead his band on their early 2022 release, Good Time Music, said of Catherine in The Absolute Sound, “she sings from a higher power and from a place superior,” continuing “she’s the rarest combination of wit and science, the kind of human being who makes the world a better place just by being in the room.” Night after night, from jazz clubs to concert halls, from festivals to performing arts centers, from cabaret to rock soul and blues, Catherine Russell delights in sharing the healing power of music with ever-growing audiences. .

Russell’s deep connection to the material she chose is part of a calling. As the daughter of pioneering and legendary musicians, pianist/bandleader/composer/arranger Luis Russell and bassist/guitarist/singer Carline Ray, Catherine Russell was born into jazz royalty. In the selection material for her new album Billie Holiday, Nat King Cole, Luis Russell, Betty Carter, Kay Starr, Joe Liggins, Earl King, Jack Teagarden, Helen Humes, Frank Sinatra, Dakota Staton, Henry Red Allen, and Louis Armstrong, the singer swims in familiar waters. She sings a language that comes naturally, carrying forward a deep legacy.

Send For Me follows Russell’s 2019 release Alone Together, which received a GRAMMY® nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album and landed on the JazzWeek year-end radio charts as album no. °1 most played. “I like to invite people in,” she says of her new album, which is also her philosophy of performing live. The album is an invitation, inviting the public to accompany him on a journey.


Russell’s professional life began at the age of 7, when she first took to the stage as a dancer with Katherine Dunham’s company for four seasons in the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Aida. After graduating with honors from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, she had the chance to work with David Bowie, Steely Dan, Cyndi Lauper, Paul Simon, Jackson Browne, Michael Feinstein, Levon Helm, Wynton Marsalis, Dr. John , Rosanne Cash, Toshi Reagon and Carrie Smith, among others. Russell performed extensively as a backup vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and lead vocalist, before launching her solo recording career in 2006. She has accumulated decades of touring and recording experience with top songwriters and iconic artists, appearing on over 200 albums.

Co-producers Katherine Miller, Paul Kahn and Catherine Russell, the team behind Russell’s albums Alone Together (2019) and Harlem On My Mind (2016), both GRAMMY® nominees for Best Jazz Vocal Album, are reunited on Send For Me, their 6th album together. The winning streak began with Inside This Heart of Mine (2010), which reached No. 1 on the iTunes and Amazon jazz charts. Strictly Romancin’ (2012) received the Jazz Vocal Prize from the Académie Française de Jazz and the Grand Prix du Hot Club de France. His fifth solo album, Bring It Back (2014), received a 5-star review from Downbeat Magazine.

Among significant film and television accomplishments, Russell contributed the song “Crazy Blues” as a featured artist on the soundtrack album for the 2012 GRAMMY®-winning HBO series Boardwalk Empire. 2017, she performed the song on PBS-TV’s Great Performances special, “Grammy Salute To Music Legends”. In 2019, she made a guest appearance in the feature film Bolden, a biopic about jazz pioneer Buddy Bolden, while contributing lead vocals to two songs on Wynton Marsalis’ soundtrack album.

Russell’s versatility shines through in a series of new recordings released over the past 18 months. She has added harmony vocals to albums by Sarah Jarosz (winner of a GRAMMY® Award for Best American Album of 2021), Brett Eldredge and Little Feat, while also contributing a song to the famous player’s new album Banjo Tony Trischka, Shall We Hope. Additionally, she has appeared as a guest lead vocalist on albums by Andy Farber and His Orchestra (Early Blue Evening), reedman Evan Arntzen (Countermelody), and Steven Bernstein’s MTO with Catherine Russell, Good Time Music, the second album of the four-part Community Music series by trumpeter and arranger Steven Bernstein. Russell continues to tour with Steely Dan, as recently as the fall of 2021, and she sings on two new releases including Northeast Corridor Live! and a live version of Donald Fagen’s acclaimed album, The Nightfly Live.

Sixteen years after the start of her solo career, Catherine Russell is on the move. His band, consisting of guitarist/music director Matt Munisteri, pianist Mark Shane, bassist Tal Ronen and drummer Mark McLean, has performed at major festivals on four continents, while selling out venues at the SFJazz Miner Auditorium. in San Francisco at Zankel Carnegie. Hall in New York, at Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow. Additionally, Catherine has appeared as a featured vocalist with today’s major major bands and symphony orchestras including the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks, 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, The Philly Pops and The Pasadena Pops Orchestra. Most recently, Russell teamed up with John Pizzarelli to pay tribute to Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra.

List of tracks:

  1. Do I Remember (Harold Adamson, Walter Donaldson)
  2. Send Me (Ollie Jones)
  3. At the Swing Cats Ball (Luis Russell, William Campbell)
  4. Make It Last (Dick Haymes, Bill Saxton)
  5. Back to New Orleans (Joe Liggins)
  6. If I Could Be With You (James P. Johnson, Henry Creamer)
  7. You Can Fly High (Earl King, John Vincent)
  8. East of the Sun (and West of the Moon) (Brooks Bowman)
  9. In The Night (Normandy Map)
  10. You Came Out of a Dream (Nacio Herb Brown, Gus Kahn)
  11. Blue and Sentimental (Count Basie, Mack David, Jerry Livingston)
  12. Sticks and Stones (Cavanaugh/Razaf/Palmer)
  13. Million Dollar Smile (Porter Roberts, Lionel Hampton)

Upcoming Catherine Russell Tour Dates 2022

September 23 / Sacred Heart University Community Theater / Fairfield, CT

September 24 / South Orange Performing Arts Center / South Orange, NJ

September 29 – October 2 / Dizzy’s Club at Jazz at Lincoln Center / New York, NY

October 8 / John Lennon Tribute, Symphony Space / New York, NY

October 15 / Vermont Jazz Center / Brattleboro, VT

October 22-23 / Blues Alley / Washington, DC

October 28 / Adrienne Arsht Center for The Performing Arts / Miami, FL

November 12 / Groton Hill Music Center / Groton, MA

November 18-19 / Le Duc Des Lombards / Paris, France

November 20 / PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho) / London, UK

November 23 / Bimhuis / Amsterdam, Netherlands

November 24 / Lantaren Venster / Rotterdam, Netherlands

December 2 / Symphony Center Presents / Chicago, IL

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