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Catherine Russell

Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 5pm & 8pm
Titmus Theatre


$28 public
$23 NC State faculty/staff
$5 NC State students



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What a voice… and a delightfully sassy personality to go with it!


Catherine Russell was born with an enviable musical pedigree. Her father, Luis Russell, was a celebrated pianist and bandleader, and Louis Armstrong’s long-time musical director. Her mother, Juilliard-trained jazz bassist and vocalist Carline Ray, was famous for performing with the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, Mary Lou Williams, and Wynton Marsalis.


Cat Russell has had a rich musical journey backing artists like Steely Dan, David Bowie, Cyndi Lauper, Paul Simon, Jackson Browne, Michael Feinstein, Levon Helm and Rosanne Cash, but it wasn’t until 2006 that she recorded her first solo album as a jazz and blues singer.


Armed with a stalwart, soulful voice, Russell has a fondness for music written between the 1920s and 50s (some loaded with double entendres), strong melodies, funny lyrics, and “anything that swings.” She is influenced by old-time blues and jazz singers like Bessie Smith, Ruth Brown, and Etta James.












“A voice that wails like a horn and whispers like a snake in the Garden of Eden”