Vocalist Catherine Russell has been nominated for Best Jazz Vocal Album by the 59th Grammy Awards, for her new album, “Harlem On My Mind” on Jazz Village [PIAS]. The 2017 nominees were unveiled on December 6. The Grammy Awards will air live on CBS on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. ET. James Corden will host the event, which will take place at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Catherine won a Grammy as a featured artist in 2012, for her “Crazy Blues” contribution to the soundtrack of the HBO series Boardwalk Empire. The nomination for “Harlem On My MInd” represents Catherine Russell’s first Grammy nomination as leader of a full album.
In addition to the Grammy nomination, “Harlem On My Mind” has been named as one of the Best 50 Albums of 2016 (all genres) by the scribes at NPR Music, who noted that “Catherine Russell is a rarity. She can sing a story like no one else.” The LA Times went further, saying that with “Russell’s natural unforced way with a song, and the personal touch she brings to it...she virtually stands alone on today’s jazz landscape.”
In 2016, Catherine headlined Festivals and Concerts in South America, Europe, and across the U.S. She appeared with the Pasadena Pops conducted by Michael Feinstein and with New World Symphony conducted by Teddy Abrams. Catherine Russell closes out what has been a whirlwind year with three weeks as guest vocalist with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis on their annual Big Band Holidays Tour, culminating with 5 shows at Rose Theater in New York City, from December 14 - 18. Wynton Marsalis says, “Catherine is an unbelievably fantastic vocalist.” The Omaha World-Herald reviewing Big Band Holidays agreed, saying “...the program was eclectic and fun...credit sensational singer Catherine Russell ...she nearly blew the roof off the place with her dynamic and dramatic voice.”
At the start of 2017, Catherine will join former David Bowie band mates and surprise guests for concerts Celebrating David Bowie, on January 8 in London and January 10 in New York City. As a member of David Bowie’s last touring band, from 2002 through 2004, Catherine contributed on keyboards, guitar, percussion, mandolin, and vocals. Following those shows, Catherine returns to leading her band. The Minneapolis Star Tribune says, “There are no lines between blues, soul and jazz when Catherine Russell sings, as she evokes the era when all those genres were swirled together in popular song...touring behind her slyly personal sixth album, “Harlem On My Mind”.
Select 2016/17 Concerts
DEC 14-18 | Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center - Big Band Holidays | New York, NY
JAN 8 | Academy Brixton Celebrating David Bowie | London, UK
JAN 10 | Terminal 5 Celebrating David Bowie | New York, NY
JAN 21-23 | 92nd Street Y - Lyrics and Lyricists | New York, NY
FEB 4 | Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center | New York, NY
FEB 10 | Shea Center for the Performing Arts, William Paterson University | Wayne, NJ
FEB 14-18 | Birdland | New York, NY
FEB 25 | Longwood Gardens Ballroom | Kennett Square, PA
MAR 10 | Ritz Theatre | Jacksonville, FL
MAR 11 | Arts Garage | Delray Beach, FL
APR 8 | The Music Center at Strathmore | N. Bethesda, MD
APR 21 / Phillips England Center for the Performing Arts | Camp Verde, AZ
APR 22 | YC Performing Arts Center / Prescott, AZ
MAY 14 | Bern International Jazz Festival - Hotel Schweizerhof | Bern, Switzerland
MAY 16-20 | Bern International Jazz Festival - Marians Jazz Room | Bern, Switzerland
Swing! Brother, Swing!
Harlem On My Mind
Let Me Be The First To Know
The Very Thought of You