Catherine Russell catches fire with Strictly Romancin’
2012 was quite a year for vocalist Catherine Russell and her latest album Strictly Romancin' (World Village/Harmonia Mundi). The album has just received the Prix du Jazz Vocal 2012 (Vocal Album of The Year) from the journalists and jazz professions of the French Academie du Jazz, at the January 15th award ceremony at Theatre du Chatelet in Paris.
The night before on January 14, Catherine Russell took the stage at New York City’s Town Hall to perform at the 11th Annual Nightlife Awards where she received an award for Outstanding Jazz Performer. Reviewing the show for The New York Times, critic Stephen Holden called, “Ms. Russell, a great, subtle jazz-soul singer”…[who] squeezed the last drop of tangy juice out of ‘Romance In The Dark.’”
Strictly Romancin’ will also receive a Bistro Award for Outstanding Recording at the 28th Annual Bistro Awards Gala on Monday March 4 at Gotham Comedy Club in New York City. Both the Nightlife Awards and Bistro Awards recognize outstanding achievement in Cabaret, Jazz, and Comedy.
Catherine Russell was the featured guest on NPR’s Fresh Air for an in-studio concert and interview to celebrate the release of Strictly Romancin’”on Valentine’s Day. The show was named an NPR Best Interview of 2012, and helped to catapult the album’s success. The album rose to #1 Bestselling Jazz Album on iTunes and Amazon, #6 on Billboard’s Jazz Chart, and #1 on JazzWeek’s Chart for National Radio Airplay.
It’s no surprise then that Strictly Romancin’ was included in Year-End lists by Downbeat Magazine and the Jazz Journalist Association’s Andrew Gilbert, Francis Davis (Vocal Album of The Year), and Nancy Barell, as well as Dick Fairley of “Classic Jazz Excursions”, the New York Jazz & Blues Society, and In Tune International Magazine, among others.
It was the No. 1 Album of the Year at WGMC Jazz90.1, and a Best of 2012 at WBGO, KCRW, WKCC, NPR’s Jazz24, and Radio Colorado.
Riding on this wave of success, Catherine Russell had one of her strongest touring seasons ever. In addition to her own concerts and festival appearances, she sang with the Dukes of September Rhythm Revue (Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald, Boz Scaggs) on a 40-city tour, lending them her “soul-dripping version of ‘Piece of My Heart’" (St. Louis Today), which was “the evening’s first ‘bring the house down’ number” (Chicago Music Magazine).
Her highlights as a solo artist include the Monterey Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, Breda Jazz Festival, NYC Winter JazzFest and Rochester International Jazz Festival. Downbeat claimed she had “the authority of a scholar and the ease of a cabaret artist” at Monterey, and Nippertown named her Saratoga Jazz Festival set a Best Concert of 2012!
Russell was “a resounding success” at the Lincoln Center’s Allen Room (All About Jazz) fronting a 10-piece Orchestra, and the Charleston Gazette even called her “the real present for the evening” as guest vocalist on Bob Thompson’s Joy To The World holiday concert.
In 2013, Catherine Russell is preparing to return to the studio to record her 5th album, while continuing to tour worldwide.
Upcoming Tour Dates:
Jan 25-26 - Jazz Aspen Snowmass - Aspen, CO
Feb 02 - Shanghai Jazz - Madison, NJ
Feb 06 - Arts Alive at Tillett Gardens - St. Thomas, VI
Feb 15 - Scullers Jazz Club - Allston, MA
Feb 16 - Wellfleet Preservation Hall - Wellfleet, MA
Mar 22-24 - Bohem Ragtime & Jazz Festival - Kecskemet, HU
Apr 15 - Peter Norton Symphony Space - New York, NY
Apr 19-21 - Atlanta Jazz Party - Atlanta, GA,
Sep 07 - Pasadena Pops: L.A. County Arboretum - Arcadia, CA