Dot Time Records Welcomes Catherine Russell

Dot Time Records Welcomes Catherine Russell

Dot Time Records is honored to announce that it has signed Catherine Russell, a celebrated vocalist and one of the greatest voices in jazz and blues, to release her upcoming album. The label and artist are joining forces with the shared goal of enriching the contemporary music scene with the release of new tracks, renditions of jazz classics which highlight the genre’s history, diversity and lasting impact on 21st century music. The new album, titled Alone Together, will be released on March 1, 2019, and is her seventh solo album.

An honors graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, jazz runs in Ms. Russell’s lineage. Her father, Luis Russell, was a legendary pianist, orchestra leader, and Louis Armstrong’s long-time musical director. Her mother, Carline Ray, was a pioneering vocalist, guitarist and bassist who performed with rhythm darlings Mary Lou Williams and Sy Oliver, among others.

Ms. Russell is now in the midst of the second decade of her solo career, having also worked extensively with David Bowie, Jackson Browne, Rosanne Cash, Steely Dan, Levon Helm, Cyndi Lauper, Paul Simon and Carrie Smith, in various roles including backup singer, multi-instrumentalist, and lead singer. Ms. Russell has appeared on over 200 albums. She has been described by NPR as “a voice that wails like a horn and whispers like a snake in the Garden of Eden.” Often likened to vocal powerhouses Bessie Smith, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday, Russell burnishes a clear identity and sound all her own which dazzles listeners with each and every one of her performances.

With Alone Together, Catherine Russell builds upon her catalogue as a leader, which includes six highly acclaimed, award winning, and chart topping albums. Of her 2006 debut album, the late Nat Hentoff, one of the most iconic of all jazz critics, wrote, “After listening to a continuous stream of singers who couldn’t have lasted through a chorus with Ella Fitzgerald or Betty Carter, It’s a delight to hear the real thing in Catherine Russell.” Ms. Russell’s various albums have garnered a German Record Critics Award, Prix du Jazz Vocal from L’Academie du Jazz, Grand Prix du Hot Club de France, while also reaching #1 on numerous Jazz sales and radio charts, including ITunes, Amazon, JazzWeek, and Roots Music Report. Her most recent album received a Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album, while she also appeared as a featured artist on the Grammy Award Winning soundtrack album to the HBO-TV show Boardwalk Empire.

Ms. Russell commented, “I’m thrilled to join the Dot Time Records family. I’m drawn to a label which both supports contemporary artists, while also preserving the music’s history through it’s Legends Series. I’ve always wanted to be a label mate of Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald and now I am!”

“Catherine is an exquisite vocalist” said Johanan ‘Jo’ Bickhardt, Dot Time Records CEO. ” No matter what genre she approaches, her prowess and methodology is superb. She has an acute instrument and knows how to use it. It is a joy to be working with her.”

Dot Time Records will release all further developments with regards to Ms. Russell’s work under the label in future communications with the press.

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