(via St. Louis Jazz Notes: StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: In the tradition with Catherine Russell)

"Today, let’s get acquainted with singer Catherine Russell, who will be making her St. Louis debut as a headliner next Saturday, April 19 at the Sheldon Concert Hall.

Russell is from New York, born in 1956 to Luis Russell, a pianist, composer and longtime bandleader for Louis Armstrong, and Carline Ray, a bassist and vocalist who performed with Mary Lou Williams and the International Sweethearts of Rhythm.

While she’s been active in the music business for many years, Russell’s career as a solo artist took a while to blossom. Before releasing her debut album Cat in 2002, she earned a living as an in-demand backup singer on tours and recordings with major artists including Steely Dan, Levon Helm, David Bowie, Cyndi Lauper, Paul Simon, Jackson Browne, Michael Feinstein, Carrie Smith, and Rosanne Cash.

Though she’s held on to some of those gigs - even getting a feature spot in the show on recent tours of the Dukes of September (Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald, and Boz Scaggs) - her solo career has grown to occupy more and more of her time. Since her debut, Russell has released four more albums, the most recent of which, Bring It Back, came out in February on the Jazz Village label, and in 2012 won a Grammy Award for her appearance as a featured artist on the soundtrack album for the HBO series Boardwalk Empire…”

Click through for more great videos of Catherine!

(via Atlanta Jazz Festival Ahmad Jamal)
Ahmad Jamal performs at the Atlanta Jazz Festival on May 25! The festival is free, at Piedmont Park.

(via Atlanta Jazz Festival Ahmad Jamal)

Ahmad Jamal performs at the Atlanta Jazz Festival on May 25! The festival is free, at Piedmont Park.

The Swingle Singers won in 7 categories at The Contemporary A Cappella Society Awards with Weather To Fly!! http://www.casa.org/cara2014w
Best Jazz Album Best European Album Best Jazz Song (“Spain”) Best Classical Song (“Libertango”) Best Folk/World Song (“Nana”) Best Humor Song (“Swingle Ladies”) Best Electronic/Experimental Song runner up (“The Diva Aria”)

The Swingle Singers won in 7 categories at The Contemporary A Cappella Society Awards with Weather To Fly!! http://www.casa.org/cara2014w

Best Jazz Album
Best European Album
Best Jazz Song (“Spain”)
Best Classical Song (“Libertango”)
Best Folk/World Song (“Nana”)
Best Humor Song (“Swingle Ladies”)
Best Electronic/Experimental Song runner up (“The Diva Aria”)

This Wednesday, catch Catherine Russell at Knuckleheads Saloon in Kansas City, MO! http://ow.ly/vMePR Friday, she plays the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville, AR: http://ow.ly/vMghu and Saturday at Sheldon Concert Hall in St. Louis: http://ow.ly/vMhh1

This Wednesday, catch Catherine Russell at Knuckleheads Saloon in Kansas City, MO! http://ow.ly/vMePR 

Friday, she plays the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville, AR: http://ow.ly/vMghu and Saturday at Sheldon Concert Hall in St. Louis: http://ow.ly/vMhh1

"Daniel Melingo is the Bowie of Tango, innovating the art form, making it strange, playing with characters…” - Financial Times: http://ow.ly/vHNPm "The ravishing musical accompaniment…includes tango strings and accordion, Twin Peaks guitar, jazz flourishes,and haunting choruses." - 4 STARS The Irish Times: http://ow.ly/vHNVV 
Some nice comparisons in these Melingo reviews!

"Daniel Melingo is the Bowie of Tango, innovating the art form, making it strange, playing with characters…” - Financial Times: http://ow.ly/vHNPm 

"The ravishing musical accompaniment…includes tango strings and accordion, Twin Peaks guitar, jazz flourishes,and haunting choruses." - 4 STARS The Irish Times: http://ow.ly/vHNVV 

Some nice comparisons in these Melingo reviews!

A fun instrumental from Melingo’s quirky new album Linyera!

(via  THE “TOM WAITS OF ARGENTINA”, MELINGO DEBUTS ON WORLD VILLAGE - harmonia mundi distribution)
“Linyera, a new collection of songs from the Argentinean singer-actor Melingo could be the soundtrack to a shady underworld, conjuring up as it does a chiaroscuro labyrinth of mirrors where time stands still. The album features offbeat love songs, sparkling with glints of the blues and tangos of old, vagrants’ tales sprinkled with snatches of bossa nova and candombe, and atmospheric melodies summoning up musical spirits - now of Duke, now of Zappa - all plunging us into Melingo’s surreal universe. In the company of his band of itinerant musician-poets, he is a free-spirited, definition-defying artist at the very zenith of his powers. Part rocker, part flamboyant crooner, with a touch of the comedian, as well as a multi-instrumentalist and composer, he bewitches us with intoxicating dreams.
Available now on World Village, Linyera will also receive a vinyl release in June. The album is currently No. 4 in the World Music Charts Europe Top Ten…” (click image for full text & video)
Get it on iTunes: http://ow.ly/uXPMs or Amazon:http://ow.ly/uXQvx

(via THE “TOM WAITS OF ARGENTINA”, MELINGO DEBUTS ON WORLD VILLAGE - harmonia mundi distribution)

Linyera, a new collection of songs from the Argentinean singer-actor Melingo could be the soundtrack to a shady underworld, conjuring up as it does a chiaroscuro labyrinth of mirrors where time stands still. The album features offbeat love songs, sparkling with glints of the blues and tangos of old, vagrants’ tales sprinkled with snatches of bossa nova and candombe, and atmospheric melodies summoning up musical spirits - now of Duke, now of Zappa - all plunging us into Melingo’s surreal universe. In the company of his band of itinerant musician-poets, he is a free-spirited, definition-defying artist at the very zenith of his powers. Part rocker, part flamboyant crooner, with a touch of the comedian, as well as a multi-instrumentalist and composer, he bewitches us with intoxicating dreams.

Available now on World Village, Linyera will also receive a vinyl release in June. The album is currently No. 4 in the World Music Charts Europe Top Ten…” (click image for full text & video)

Get it on iTunes: http://ow.ly/uXPMs or Amazon:http://ow.ly/uXQvx

Out now on Jazz Village.

Natalia M. King - “I’ve Changed” (Live Acoustic Version) [“Soulblazz” 2014] (by JazzVillageMusic)

Out now in the U.S. on Jazz Village: Natalia M. KING’s SoulBLAZZ!

Get the album on iTunes: http://ow.ly/uXQLo or Amazon: http://ow.ly/uXQSA

"Another schedule highlight is provided by singer Catherine Russell, who is at Knuckleheads on Wednesday [April 16]…If you go to YouTube, you can hear her sing some tasty swing tunes with Jazz at Lincoln Center bands” -The Kansas City Star
Also a Top Show in Ink Magazine: http://ow.ly/vEob4

"Another schedule highlight is provided by singer Catherine Russell, who is at Knuckleheads on Wednesday [April 16]…If you go to YouTube, you can hear her sing some tasty swing tunes with Jazz at Lincoln Center bands” -The Kansas City Star

Also a Top Show in Ink Magazinehttp://ow.ly/vEob4