Chris Rock Film Cameo & More: Catherine Russell's Year In Review
The new, hit Chris Rock film Top Five features a star-studded cast including Rosario Dawson, Cedric The Entertainer, Kevin Hart, and Whoopi Goldberg. Rolling Stone calls the film "authentically hilarious" and The Village Voice claims it "has its finger on the pulse of right now." In the movie, acclaimed vocalist Catherine Russell sheds her nightclub glam for a cameo as a subway busker! Russell has several photos from the shoot on her Facebook.
The Top Five appearance caps off a busy year for Russell, in which the highlights are bountiful. Her fifth album, Bring It Back, was released worldwide in February on Jazz Village, and quickly garnered a rare 5 star review in Downbeat Magazine, which said, "By not trying to be modern, she has paradoxically created something new, retooling vintage tracks with soulful vocals and striking new arrangements that burnish the blues and swing feeling that is the bedrock of jazz." Reaching #6 on the iTunes Jazz Chart, the album was also an Editor's Pick in Jazz Times and featured on USA Today's Playlist.
Bring It Back was embraced by radio, spending five months at #1 on Roots Music Report's Jazz Album Chart, while also reaching #1 on CMJ's Jazz Chart, #1 on the European QOBUZ Jazz Chart, and #2 on JazzWeek.
A Top 5 Jazz Album of 2014 in CMJ New Music Monthly, the album has begun collecting spots on other Year End lists at radio stations and publications such as Omaha Public Radio, Rhythms Magazine, Folk Roots/Folk Branches, WFCF St. Augustine, FL, KGNU Boulder/Denver, CO and an Honorable Mention in the New York City Jazz Record's Best of 2014.
Russell's Bring It Back tour commenced with sold-out Valentine's Day shows at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston, broadcast live on WGBH. Of her New York City album release concert at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center, DownBeat raved: "What really makes her special, however, is not so much her technical gifts-it's her innate sense of swing, mastery of phrasing and her actor's ability to fully inhabit a song's lyrics."
Additional 2014 touring brought Russell from coast to coast in the U.S., and to Europe and Asia, including her first ever visit to Israel, a five-city sold-out tour. Festival appearances included the Savannah Music Festival, Greensboro North Carolina's 17 Days Festival, Manhattan's New York Hot Jazz, Rochester International Jazz Festival, San Jose Summer Fest in California, Jazz at Roland Garros (broadcast "live" on TSF Jazz Radio) and Nancy Jazz Pulsations in France, and SibeJazz in Novosibirsk, Russia, among others.
"Catherine Russell ruled the roost, delivering a typical revelatory set", wrote Andrew Gilbert in JazzTimes reviewing San Jose Summer Fest. And after witnessing Russell's return to the Rochester Jazz Festival for a fifth year, the Democrat and Chronicle noted, "Fest favorite Catherine Russell brought her typical fun-loving stage presence, a rare and deep understanding of the jazz and blues traditions, and a wonderful robust voice."
CATHERINE RUSSELL'S UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
DEC 18 - Iridium Jazz Club (as special guest) - New York, NY
DEC 23 - The Jazz Standard - New York, NY
DEC 27 - Side Door Jazz Club - Old Lyme, CT
DEC 31 - Shanghai Jazz - Madison, NJ
JAN 9 - City Winery - New York, NY
JAN 10 - Winter Jazz Fest 2015 - New York, NY
JAN 17 - Mohonk Mountain House - New Paltz, NY