13: Campeche, MEXICO - Campeche International Jazz Festival
25-28: New York, NY - Dizzy’s at Jazz at Lincoln Center
31 - Aug 1: Paris, FRANCE - Duc Des Lombards
3: Pula, Sardinia, ITALY - Nora Jazz Festival
5: Xabia, SPAIN - Xabia Jazz Festival
6: Mallorca, SPAIN - Sa Pobla Jazz Festival
15: Vail, CO - Vail Jazz Festival
16: Aspen, CO - JAS Cafe at Aspen Art Museum
17: Denver, CO - Dazzle
19: North Truro, MA - Payomet PAC
31: Mackinac Island, Michigan - Grand Hotel Jazz Weekend
13: San Francisco, CA - SFJazz Miner Auditorium
14: Rohnert Park, CA - Green Music Center
30: Toronto, CANADA - Koerner Hall
22: Pittsburgh, PA - Manchester Craftsman Guild
23: Brookfield, WI - Wilson Center For The Arts
5: Little Rock, AR - South On Main
6: Fayetteville, AR - Walton Arts Center
8: Columbia, MO - We Always Swing Concert Series at Murry’s
13-14: Princeton, NJ - McCarter Theater Berlin
Alone Together (VINYL Edition)
Release Date: July 26, 2019
Label: Dot Time Records
GRAMMY Nominee for Best Jazz Vocal Album
World renowned vocalist Catherine Russell has seen a meteoric rise since the release of her seventh album as a leader, Alone Together, on March 1st via Dot Time Records. After sitting atop the JazzWeek Radio Chart for five weeks in a row, entering the Billboard Jazz Chart at #6, having been heard on CBS Sunday Morning, and generating rave reviews from Downbeat Magazine, Mercury News, WBGO, Jazz Journal, and other top-tier media outlets, Alone Together has cemented Russell’s place as the preeminent song interpreter of her day.
Amidst Russell’s bustling year smashing charts and actively touring, the artist also took part in bringing turn-of-the-century New Orleans to life, appearing in, and contributing musically to the feature film Bolden, which was released on May 3rd. Directed by Daniel Pritzker and scored by Wynton Marsalis, Bolden is an impressionistic biopic of the New Orleans jazz legend Buddy Bolden. Russell appears as Lalique Lill, a madame who sings the folk standard “Make Me A Pallet On The Floor”. The soundtrack was released on Blue Engine Records on April 19th and has been topping the Billboard Jazz Chart ever since.
While 2019 has been a breakout year for the timeless vocalist, Russell has remained a venerable fixture on the musical landscape for the better part of three decades. Born in New York City, Russell’s family is considered musical royalty. Her father, the late Luis Russell, was a legendary pianist/composer/bandleader and Louis Armstrong’s long-time musical director while her mother, Carline Ray, was a pioneering vocalist/guitarist/bassist who performed with International Sweethearts of Rhythm, Mary Lou Williams and Ruth Brown, among others. A world-class performer of versatility and virtuosity, Russell has performed and recorded with the likes of Cyndi Lauper, Michael Feinstein, Rosanne Cash, Paul Simon, Wynton Marsalis, Jackson Browne, Dr. John and countless others. She was a member of David Bowie’s A Reality Tour, his last touring band and she is currently on the road with Steely Dan, with whom she has performed since the mid-1990’s. In 2012, Russell won a GRAMMY® Award for her participation in the 2012 soundtrack to the HBO series Boardwalk Empire.
She has appeared on over 200 albums, and with the release of Alone Together, has seven available as a leader. Her 2006 debut Cat (Harmonia Mundi’s World Village) capitulated Russell on to the scene and garnered rave reviews. “She is a fresh and original voice," wrote Sinatra biographer, Will Friedwald, who picked Cat among his top 10 cds of the year. Russell’s star rose with each subsequent release: Sentimental Streak (2006), Inside This Heart of Mine (2010), Strictly Romancin' (2012), and Bring It Back (2014). Her sixth album Harlem On My Mind (Jazz Village) received a GRAMMY® nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album in 2016.
On Alone Together, Russell reinvigorates rare gems and stalwart standards from the Great American Songbook, lending her voice to the compositions of Nat King Cole, Irving Berlin, Eddie de Lange, Jimmy Van Heusen, Al Dubin, Louis Jordan and Harry Warren. The vinyl edition features 10 tunes including Louis Jordan’s “Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby” and “Early In The Morning”, the swing-era classic “You Can’t Pull The Wool Over My Eyes”, the tongue in cheek “He May Be Your Dog, But He’s Wearing My Collar,” and the classic “I Only Have Eyes For You”, among others.
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. Also featured on select tracks is trumpeter Jon-Erik Kellso, trombonist John Allred, tenor saxophonist Evan Arntzen, violinist Dana Ltn, violaist Eddy Malave, and cellist Marika Hughes.
"Iconic vocalist Catherine Russell has shared a never-before-heard studio track from 2007." Read the full feature here.
JazzTimes is honored to premiere a previously unreleased track by singer Catherine Russell, “You Reap Just What You Sow.” The song, written and first performed by the great Alberta Hunter (1895-1984), will be officially released tomorrow (June 12) on all digital platforms, in association with Dot Time Records and Symphonic Distribution. All proceeds from streaming and downloads will be donated to the Jazz Foundation of America’s COVID-19 Musicians’ Emergency Fund, which supports musicians affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Read the full premiere here.
BOSTON CONCERT REVIEWS
"The music breathes carefree and flowing as Russell commands the stage with her striking vocal charisma partnered with her band’s glittering swagger and swing." Read the full review here.
RECORD COLLECTOR MAGAZINE
Catherine Russell Alone Together (⭐⭐⭐) Read the full review here.
"Catherine Russell blends her high-energy personality with jazz well, creating an invigorating atmosphere primed for an intimate moment." Read the full review here.
"The formidable, highly entertaining Ms. Russell is indeed up there with the tip-top commanding jazz singers of today." Read the full review here.
"Game for blues, ballads, or brashness, Catherine Russell is at the top of her game." Read the full review here.
BEST OF 2019
"No artist has the musicologist knack for capturing the best music of the twenties through the fifties and make it sound so vital and so true to its origins. It would be difficult to find a singer of Russell’s caliber in terms of range, versatility, emotion, and unerring phrasing. She’s a master at what she loves – blues-infused jazz tunes."
ART DISTRICT RADIO
“Gives the music of Louis Armstrong a new and eternal youth, as a tribute to Catherine’s father Luis who was the musical director of Satchmo.” Listen to Catherine’s interview here.