Send For Me
Release Date: April 1, 2022
Label: Dot Time Records

GRAMMY®-nominated vocalist Catherine Russell, when asked to characterize her new album, Send For Me, replied, “I love romance that swings.” Send For Me features a baker’s dozen of newly recorded tunes on her eighth album as a leader, meeting a simple exacting standard. “Songs that inspire or touch me in some way. When I find a song I like, it haunts me until I learn it.” Her mission is finding songs that you might not have heard but deserve attention.

Russell’s deep connection to her chosen material is part of a calling. As the daughter of pioneering and legendary musicians, pianist/orchestra leader/composer/arranger Luis Russell, and bassist/guitarist/vocalist Carline Ray, Catherine Russell was born into jazz royalty. In culling material for her new album from the likes of 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 vocalist swims in familiar waters. She sings a language that comes naturally, furthering a profound legacy.

Send For Me is a follow up to Russell’s 2019 release Alone Together, which received a GRAMMY® nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album, and landed on the JazzWeek year-end radio chart as the #1 most played album. “I like to invite the people in,” she says of her new album, which is also her philosophy of performing live. The album is an invitation, welcoming the audience to come along on a journey.

“Send For Me”the title track, was first recorded by Nat King Cole, and became a crossover hit in 1957, reaching #1 on the U.S. R&B charts, and #6 on the U.S. Pop Chart. “Nobody thinks of Nat King Cole as a blues singer, but he sang some really great blues,” observes Russell.

“At The Swing Cats Ball”  has a strong family connection.  Russell recalls, “My mother had given me sheet music a long time ago, saying, ‘your father co-wrote this tune, and Louis Jordan covered it.’” The song was among the first recordings by Louis Jordan. Luis Russell never recorded his tune, although he performed it on gigs. “We found a live version performed by my dad’s orchestra on a radio broadcast, and we adapted his arrangement. I love the image of people going to a swing dance.”

Another highlight is “Make It Last,” a gorgeous standard written by Dick Haymes and Bill Paxton, made famous by Betty Carter in 1958. “A good friend of mine sent me “Make it Last” and when I heard it I said, ‘wow, this is another great tune with an interesting chord progression, and a Melba Liston horn arrangement.’ Another connection: Russell’s mother worked with trombonist/arranger Liston and a young Russell had seen Betty Carter perform, leaving a great impression. “Make It Last” is about holding onto what’s really important, and hoping it will continue.  “It’s not wanting to lose a beautiful moment, because tomorrow the moment may be gone,” the singer reflects.

“Going Back To New Orleans” was written and originally recorded by Joe Liggins, who shared bills in the late 1940s with both Luis Russell and His Orchestra and The International Sweethearts of Rhythm, including Catherine’s mother, Carline Ray, on guitar and vocals. Interestingly, these intersections happened years before Luis Russell and Carline Ray first met in 1955; Luis was 23 years her senior and they married before Catherine was born in 1956.

Russell’s professional life began at age 7, when she first took the stage as a dancer with Katherine Dunham’s company for four seasons at The Metropolitan Opera’s production of Aida. 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, Dr. John, Rosanne Cash, Toshi Reagon, and Carrie Smith, among others. Russell performed extensively as a backup singer, multi-instrumentalist, and lead singer, before launching her solo recording career in 2006. She amassed decades of experience touring and recording with cutting edge 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 #1 on iTunes  and Amazon jazz charts. Strictly Romancin’ (2012) was awarded the Prix du Jazz Vocal (Vocal Album of The Year) by the French Jazz Academy and Grand Prix du Hot Club de France. Her fifth solo album, Bring It Back (2014), received a 5 Star Review in Downbeat Magazine. 

Significant film and TV credits include Russell contributing the song, “Crazy Blues,” as a featured artist on the 2012 GRAMMY® winning soundtrack album of the HBO series, Boardwalk Empire.  In 2017, she performed the song on PBS-TV’s Great Performances special, ‘Grammy Salute To Music Legends’. In 2019, she had a cameo in the feature film Boldena biopic about jazz pioneer Buddy Bolden, while also contributing lead vocals on two songs to Wynton Marsalis’s soundtrack album.

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

Sixteen years into her solo career, Catherine Russell is on the move. Her band, including guitarist/musical director Matt Munisteri, pianist Mark Shane, bassist Tal Ronen, and drummer Mark McLean, has performed at major festivals on four continents, while also selling out concert halls from SFJazz Miner Auditorium in San Francisco, to Zankel Carnegie Hall in New York City, to Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow. In addition, Catherine has appeared as a featured vocalist with today’s leading big 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 joined forces with John Pizzarelli to perform a salute to Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra.

As Catherine sings on the title track of her new album, “Anywhere, Oh Yeah, Send For Me, and I’ll be there.”

Alone Together (VINYL Edition)
Release Date: July 26, 2019
Label: Dot Time Records

GRAMMY Nominee for Best Jazz Vocal Album

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. 

for Send For Me

LARRY BLUMENFELD
WALL STREET JOURNAL
"Few singers alive can express the nuances of blues feeling and swing phrasing that course through American songs as correctly and gracefully as can Ms. Russell, or with as much expressive range." Review here

SURAYA MOHAMED
NPR
Watch Catherine Russell's Tiny Desk Concert here.

SASCHA FEINSTEIN
JAZZIZ
"But for all the charm and whimsy provided here, the highlight may well be 'Make It Last,' debuted by Betty Carter in 1958." Read the complete review here.

NATE CHINEN
WBGO
"Catherine Russell is, among many other delightful things, a certifiable party-starter. We've known this for some time now.." Listen to the track premiere here.

MARILYN LESTER
NEW YORK CITY JAZZ RECORD
"In all of them she is firmly anchored, committed to her choices and delivers them with conviction." Read the complete review in the February 2022 issue of The New York City Jazz Record here.

STEPHANIE JONES
DOWNBEAT
"Russell’s ability to captivate an audience is a well-honed craft." Read the interview here.

DON JAY SMITH
HOT HOUSE JAZZ MAGAZINE
"Everything I do has to swing. It's like medicine to me." Read the cover story in the February 2022 issue of Hot House Jazz Magazine here.

WILL FRIEDWALD
NEW YORK SUN
"She’s not only my favorite living blues artist but one of my top two or three jazz artists as well, constantly demonstrating the interconnectivity of those two musics, both to each other and to the larger world of social dancing." Read the review here.

JAVON CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON
JAZZ FM
Read the music news announcement here.

AMOS PERRINE
NO DEPRESSION
"Russell swings as easily as an eagle gliding effortlessly in a crystal blue sky." Read the review here.

ANGELO LEONARDI
ALL ABOUT JAZZ
Read the review in Italian here.

ANDREW GILBERT
JAZZ TIMES
"Any artist who consistently bestows joy and pleasure is someone to treasure." Read the review here.

 

DANNY ILETT
LONDON JAZZ NEWS
"It's an album brimming with fine soloists, swinging arrangements and sublime vocals.." Read the review here.

DANIEL GEWERTZ
ARTSFUSE
"If you’re a fan of the Great American Songbook, but have grown weary of the warhorses, Send For Me is a treat." Read the review here.

MEL MINTER
MUSICALLY SPEAKING
"This lady can sing!" Review here.

MATT MICUCCI
JAZZIZ
"Vocalist Catherine Russell interprets lesser-known gems of the jazz canon on her new album, Send for Me." Read the '10 Albums You Need To Know' article for April 2022 here and the album announcement here

C. MICHAEL BAILEY
ALL ABOUT JAZZ
"Russell continues to create living considerations of her repertoire that compel and delight." Read the article here.

MATT MICUCCI
JAZZIZ
Read the album announcement in The Week in Jazz here.

LANCE LIDDLE
BEBOP SPOKEN HERE
"All the tracks are peppered with solos as hot as hot can be.." Read the review here.

ALIX COHEN
WOMAN AROUND TOWN
"Catherine Russell is refined and no-nonsense, yet unpretentious; stage authority is like cream rising to the top, vibrancy intrinsic, truth to origins ever present." Read the concert review here.

NEWS
NITELIFE EXCHANGE
Read the album announcement here.

DEE DEE MCNEIL
MUSICAL MEMOIRS
"Catherine Russell sure loves to swing. You can clearly hear her joy throughout this production.." Read the complete review here.

JOE BEBCO
SYNCOPATED TIMES
"Catherine Russell is at her vocal and artistic peak on this album and is well deserving of all the accolades." Read the review here.

GEORG WASSMUTH
SWR2
Read the article in German here.

JAZZ RADIO FRANCE
See the news announcement in French here.

GEORGE HARRIS
JAZZ WEEKLY
"Catherine Russell has an easy to please delivery to her voice." Read the review here.

TOM GREENLAND
NEW YORK CITY JAZZ RECORD
Read the concert review in the June 2022 issue of The New York City Jazz Record here.

ALFRED SORDOILLET
JAZZ MAGAZINE
"..we discover a demanding professional putting all her trade at the service of emotion and the accuracy of the interpretation.." Read the complete review in French in the June 2022 issue of Jazz Magazine.

JEFF TAMARKIN
RELIX MAGAZINE

"Russell knows this music intimately.." Read the review in the June 2022 issue of Relix Magazine.

EDITOR
JAZZ TIMES
Watch the video premiere of "Make It Last" here.

GREG CAHILL
THE ABSOLUTE SOUND
"The record spotlights the sassy vocals that have put Russell on the call sheet of such A-list acts as David Bowie, Paul Simon, Wynton Marsalis, and Donald Fagen.." Read the complete review in the May/June issue of The Absolute Sound Magazine and online here.

WILL LAYMAN
POP MATTERS
"..she is out there featuring her fearsome talent all the time these days." Read the complete review here.

TOM HAUGEN
TAKE EFFECT

"..Russell’s flawless voice makes an indelible impression." Read the complete review here.

STAFF
LA HABITACIÓN DEL JAZZ

Read the complete review in Spanish here.

ALIX COHEN
THEATER PIZZAZZ

"Some things are a given. Tomorrow the sun will come up. Wheels are round. Apples crunch. And Catherine Russell delivers." Read the complete review of Russell's concert at Dizzy's here.

BRENDA SILER
THE WASHINGTON INFORMER

"A versatile singer is what she really is." Read the review of Russell's performance at Blues Alley in Washington, DC here.

for Alone Together

MATT MICUCCI
JAZZIZ
"Iconic vocalist Catherine Russell has shared a never-before-heard studio track from 2007." Read the full feature here.

 

JAZZTIMES
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.

NELSON BRILL
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.

LARRY BLUMENFELD
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
"Few singers alive can express the nuances of blues feeling and swing phrasing that course through American songs as correctly and gracefully as can Ms. Russell, or with as much expressive range." Read the review here.

CHARLES WARING
RECORD COLLECTOR MAGAZINE
Catherine Russell Alone Together (⭐⭐⭐) Read the full review here.

MATT MICUCCI
JAZZIZ
Track by Track: Catherine Russell, Alone Together - Check out full feature piece here

RON FORMAN
CABARET SCENES
"Catherine Russell is one of the truly wonderful jazz singers of our time." Read the full review here.

WILL FRIEDWALD
THE CITI VIEW
Read the full preview here.

ROB LESTER
BROADWAY WORLD
"The formidable, highly entertaining Ms. Russell is indeed up there with the tip-top commanding jazz singers of today." Read the full review here.

TOM LUCCI
WICN
BEST OF 2019 here.

 

PRESTOM FRAZIER
SOMETHING ELSE
Review  here.

JIM HYNES
GLIDE MAGAZINE
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."

C. MICHAEL BAILEY
ALL ABOUT JAZZ
Best of 2019 here.

 SERGE MARIANI
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.

DAVE LAVENDER
NPR
Listen to the full Mountain Stage performance here.

MATT MICUCCI
JAZZIZ
New Music Monday: Check out the track premiere for "Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby" here.

ROB LESTER
TALKIN' BROADWAY
"Game for blues, ballads, or brashness, Catherine Russell is at the top of her game." Read the full review here.

JOE BEBCO
SYNCOPATED TIMES
"The current queen of jazz vocalists, Catherine Russell.." Read the review here.

JIM HYNES
GLIDE MAGAZINE
"Simply put, Russell has no peers." Review here.

CHRIS STRUCK
BROADWAY WORLD
"Catherine Russell blends her high-energy personality with jazz well, creating an invigorating atmosphere primed for an intimate moment." Read the full review here.