Catherine Russell: Valentine’s Day for Lovers
February 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Join us for a week full of love and celebration with two time GRAMMY®-nominated vocalist Catherine Russell. Celebrating Valentine’s Day, Mardis Gras and her most recent album, Catherine Russell will perform a variety of her favorite songs along with her all-star band and special guests.
Monday February 14: Valentine’s Day for Lovers
Catherine Russell and Her Septet
Catherine Russell – vocals
Matt Munisteri – guitar
Mark Shane – piano
Tal Ronen – bass
Mark Mclean – drums
Jon-Erik Kellso – trumpet
John Allred – trombone
Evan Arntzen – reeds
A native New Yorker, born into musical royalty. Her father, the late Luis Russell, was a legendary pianist / composer / bandleader, and Louis Armstrong’s long-time musical director. Her mother, the late Carline Ray, was a pioneering vocalist / guitarist / bassist who performed with International Sweethearts of Rhythm, Mary Lou Williams, and Sy Oliver. After graduating with honors from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, she toured and recorded with Carrie Smith, Steely Dan, David Bowie, Cyndi Lauper, Paul Simon, Jackson Browne, Michael Feinstein, Levon Helm, Toshi Reagon and Rosanne Cash, among others, appearing on over 200 albums. In 2012, Catherine Russell received a Grammy® Award as a featured artist on the soundtrack album for the HBO-TV series, Boardwalk Empire. Her new album, “Send For Me,” is due out on April 1, 2022,
When asked to characterize her new album, “Send For Me,” Catherine Russell 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.” Catherine will perform material from Send For Me, as well as varied selections from her deep catalog, plus songs yet to be recorded, during her Valentine’s Week Birdland run.
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.
* Photo credit: Sandrine Lee