RIJF: Catherine Russell on WXXI-TV/HD

Wed, 06/15/2011 - 12:00am - 1:00am
In celebration of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival WXXI-TV/HD presents encore broadcasts of season 3 of its Rochester International Jazz Festival´╗┐ series.´╗┐

Shot at the Rochester International Jazz Fest in June 2008, WXXI captured the music of jazz great Catherine Russell. The Catherine Russell episode airs at 12 a.m. on Wednesday morning, June 15 on WXXI-TV/HD (DT 21.1/cable 1011 and 11). 
 
Russell was destined to be a jazz and blues singer. Her father, the late Luis Russell was Louis ArmstrongÔÇÖs music director, and her mother Carline Ray is an outstanding vocalist and bassist. Ms. Russell graduated with honors from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. After touring Europe singing gospel music, she returned to New York City and began singing the blues with Jimmy Vivino's Little Big Band. She has performed with an array of artists, including: Paul Simon, Steely Dan, David Bowie, Jackson Browne, Rosanne Cash, Cyndi Lauper, Joan Osborne, Michael Feinstein, Madonna, Al Green, J. Geils Band, Dolly Parton, and Isaac Hayes, among others. In addition to performing, Ms. Russell is Associate Professor of Voice at Berklee College of Music in Boston.´╗┐
 
This program is part of season three of the Rochester International Jazz Festival, in which WXXI captured the essence of one of the most popular and most respected jazz festivals in the country, featuring spectacular performances by some of the hottest musicians and legendary names in jazz. 
 
Shot in breathtaking high-definition, seaon three of the series is comprised of four hour-long episodes recorded in the historic Kilbourn Hall at the Eastman School of Music. Each of the first three episodes feature one amazing concert from: jazz and blues singer Catherine Russell, arranger and trombonist Slide Hampton, and jazz trio The Bad Plus. Between concerts, the artists talk candidly about their music. The final episode includes selections from all three performances and provides sights and sounds in and around the nine-day festival.
 
The 2008 Rochester International Jazz Festival series was produced by WXXI Public Broadcasting and distributed nationally by American Public Television. The 2008 Rochester International Jazz Festival was underwritten by The Louis S. and Molly B. Wolk Foundation, New York State Music Fund, and the Office of New York State Senator Jim Alesi.

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