Catherine Russell With the SJSU Jazz Orchestra

5pm SJZ High School All Stars
6pm Catherine Russell

With her stunning vocal approach, Russell is amongst the greatest interpreters and performers of American Popular Song. Featured on the HBO-TV series, Boardwalk Empire, soundtrack, two-time Grammy award-winning vocalist Catherine Russell was also nominated for her 2017 recording, Harlem On My Mind, for Best Jazz Vocal Album.

A native New Yorker, Russell was born into musical royalty. Her father, Luis Russell, was Louis Armstrong’s long-time musical director while her mother, Carline Ray, was a pioneering vocalist/guitarist/bassist who performed with International Sweethearts of Rhythm, Mary Lou Williams and Sy Oliver.

To universal acclaim, Russell has performed on four continents including major jazz festivals like Monterey, Newport, North Sea, JazzAscona, Montreal, Bern, Rochester International, Panama, Tanglewood and at sold out venues like The Kennedy Center, Scullers in Boston, The Dakota in Minneapolis, Jazz at Lincoln Center, SFJazz and Pasadena Pops in Los Angeles. Over her career, Russell has shared the stage with top industry artists like Carrie Smith, Steely Dan, David Bowie, Cyndi Lauper, Paul Simon, Jackson Browne, Michael Feinstein, Levon Helm and Rosanne Cash, among others, touring the world and appearing on over 200 albums.

Russell will be accompanied by the SJSU Jazz Orchestra, conducted by Dr. Aaron Lington, who is director of SJSU’s Jazz Studies Program. An in-demand performer, composer and educator, Lington also directs the concert’s opener, the San Jose Jazz High School All Stars big band.

Note tickets for Catherine Russell’s set at the Hammer Theatre come with assigned seats, so buy early for the best selection. To choose your seats, select a quantity next to a preferred price section, click “Checkout” and the entire seat map will appear. All $35 Premium seats include a post-concert reception. Door prices for this show are $28/38. The post-concert reception will feature wines provided by Sans Wine Co.


Catherine Russell – vocals
SJZ High School All Stars

SJSU Jazz Orchestra
Jonah Cabral – alto 1 saxophone
René Canto-Adams – alto 2 saxophone
Thomas Narveson – tenor 1 saxophone
Joshua Arce – tenor 2 saxophone
Nathan Howland – bari saxophone
Jacob Jackman – trumpet
Tim Ford – trumpet
Vincent Jurado – trumpet
Ricky Martinez – trumpet
William Brown – trumpet
Ryan Heisinger – trombone
Richard Conception – trombone
Jackson Baker – trombone
Dominic Samuels – trombone
Daniel Suarez – trombone
Addison Rifkind – guitar
Yaxin Yang – guitar
Arnie Co – piano
Joy Hackett – piano
Alonso Sanchez-Maciel – bass
Sophie Schoepp – bass
Brandon Walters – drums
Gabriel Lee – drums

Special Thanks