Prepare yourself for jazz and blues of the highest caliber when Grammy Award-winning vocalist Catherine Russell teams up with jazz guitarist, vocalist, bandleader, and Quick Center favorite John Pizzarelli in a stunning tribute to Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra. Instead of stepping back in time, these exquisite artists pull the music gracefully into the present, and do it all with their signature panache. And don’t be surprised if a few holiday classics make their way onto the program, as two of the best jazz performers of today cover the jazz legends of yesteryear.
Catherine Russell might come from musical royalty (her father was music director to Louis Armstrong and mother performed with the International Sweethearts of Rhythm), but she holds her own as one of the premiere songstresses of our day. Russell recorded and toured with David Bowie before releasing six solo albums that showcase her talents as a genuine jazz and blues singer. "Her voice is full blown femininity incarnate; a dusky, stalwart and soulful instrument that radiates interpretive power yet remains touchingly vulnerable.”
John Pizzarelli also hails from the musical elite. Son of jazz legend Bucky Pizzarelli, he has been credited with popularizing jazz for contemporary listeners, breathing new life into the Great American Songbook. His discography spans over 33 years and includes countless collaborations with artists as varied as The Boston Pops Orchestra, Paul McCartney, Kristin Chenoweth, and James Taylor.