Catherine RussellThe Grammy Award-winning Vocalist Will Perform March 15

Tickets on Sale Now

Rochester, NY (February 15, 2022) – Tickets are now on sale now for "An Evening with Catherine Russell." Russell, a Grammy Award-winning vocalist, and seven-time Rochester International Jazz Festival favorite, will perform in Rochester at 7:30 p.m on March 15, 2022, at The Theater at Innovation Square in downtown Rochester.

The performance is presented by RIJF, LLC, the company owned by John Nugent and Marc Iacona that produces the annual CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival.

Reserved seating tickets are $35 orchestra / $30 balcony plus $4 service fee and may be purchased online at Tickets will also be available at the door.

The Theater at Innovation Square (formerly Xerox Auditorium) is Rochester's newest center for performing arts and community engagement. The newly renovated theater is located at 131 N. Chestnut Street at Broad Street in downtown Rochester.

Catherine Russell is a native New Yorker born into musical royalty. Her father, the late Luis Russell, was a legendary pianist/composer/bandleader, and Louis Armstrong's long-time musical director. Her mother, Carline Ray, was a pioneering vocalist/guitarist/bassist who performed with International Sweethearts of Rhythm, Mary Lou Williams, and Sy Oliver.

A graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Ms. Russell has toured the world, performing and recording with David Bowie, Cyndi Lauper, Paul Simon, Steely Dan, Jackson Browne, Michael Feinstein, The Holmes Brothers, Wynton Marsalis, and Rosanne Cash, among others, appearing on over 200 albums. Since the 2006 release of her debut album, Cat, on Harmonia Mundi's World Village label, six acclaimed and chart-topping albums have followed, including Strictly Romancin’, awarded Prix du Jazz Vocal 2012 (Vocal Album of The Year) by the Jazz Academy in France, and Bring It Back in 2014. Catherine Russell was a featured artist on a Grammy Award-winning soundtrack album for the HBO-TV series, Boardwalk Empire.

Her 6th album, Harlem On My Mind,  was released in September 2016 and received a Grammy® Nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Catherine has appeared on PBS-TV and on Fresh Air with Terry Gross on NPR. Will Friedwald writing in The Wall Street Journal, calls Catherine Russell “one of the outstanding singers of our time.” Catherine’s 7th album as a leader, Alone Together,  was released in March 2019 on Dot Time Records, and held the #1 position on the JazzWeek  2019 Year-End Chart for national radio play, while receiving her 2nd Grammy® Nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album. 

About RIJF

RIJF, LLC, is a privately held company owned by John Nugent and Marc Iacona, that produces the annual CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival. Nugent, Producer and Artistic Director, is a noted tenor sax player, who has traveled the world with many jazz artists including Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald, Rosemary Clooney, The Woody Herman Orchestra and The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. Marc Iacona, Producer and Executive Director, is a Rochester native and President of Simcona Electronics. A business and community leader, he is an avid trumpeter and supporter of the arts.


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