The Appel Room
Catherine Russell: Sunny Side of the Street
Join vocalist extraordinaire Catherine Russell for an historic walk on the “Sunny Side of the Street” in her long-awaited return to The Appel Room. For the occasion, Russell partners with vocalists Carolyn Leonhart (who has worked with groups as diverse as Steely Dan and Wax Poetic) and La Tanya Hall (associated with Bobby McFerrin, Michael Feinstein, and more). The talented trio reunites for the first time since their time together on Steely Dan’s 2013 tour to perform Sy Oliver’s own re-arrangements of his most famous tunes, originally written for male vocal trios. These arrangements were lovingly reworked by Oliver himself for a female vocal trio of Catherine Russell, her late mother, Carline Ray, and Oliver’s late wife, Lillian Clark. The updated music, including songs like “Ain’t She Sweet,” “Cheatin' on Me,” and “Opus One,” was performed only once by the original trio. Russell's all-star ensemble joins the show, featuring guitarist Matt Munisteri, pianist Mark Shane, bassist Tal Ronen, drummer Mark McLean, trumpeter Jon-Erik Kellso, trombonist John Allred, and Evan Arntzen on reeds. Tonight, you will experience this rare personal treasure of re-crafted classics, continuing a musical legacy intimately connected to both the arranger and Russell’s own personal heritage.
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