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Davell Crawford, p & voc
Shelley Spruill II, b
Le Shawn E. Lee, dr

The genius of Davell Crawford arises from his ability to play and sing the music of his passion - the music of his life. The New Orleans keyboardist, vocalist, composer and arranger soaked up the surrounding rhythms and harmonies that were his deep musical roots and nurtured his natural talent. Acclaimed as the “Piano Prince of New Orleans,” Crawford brings equal exuberance to both modern and classic jazz, rhythm and blues, funk, blues, gospel, soul, pop, American folk and touches of country-western. Growing up in New Orleans, Crawford's influences run the gamut from Fats Domino to Sarah Vaughan, to Patsy Cline and even Liberace. In the tradition of those from the Crescent City who came before him, Crawford also believes in the art of entertainment. Gospel is at the heart of everything that Crawford does. Davell is the godson of the iconic Roberta Flack and the grandson of the great vocalist/pianist/composer James “Sugar  Boy” Crawford of “Jock-A-Mo” fame giving reason for the honesty, passion, and ample rhythm and blues that also fills his soul. Crawford can -and has - thrown down all night R&B concerts and parties jumpin' with tunes from the likes of pianists Fats Domino, Professor Longhair, James Booker and Huey “Piano” Smith. Crawford is definitely in that number as he carries the New Orleans piano legacy along with the complete American Roots legacy. Crawford is also fully versed in the traditional jazz songbook of New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz. A fact that will be confirmed if you are lucky enough to experience a performance by Davell Crawford and His Creole Jazz Men of New Orleans. He's also been known to make special rare appearances at the music's landmark, Preservation Hall. With his immense talent and experience, the pianist and vocalist could have chosen his next release to be in any number of genres. On his latest, meticulously produced album, “My Gift To You”, Crawford remarkably embraces the full spectrum of his interests and influences as he reaches into his rich bag of resources and natural abilities.


Catherine Russell, voc
Jon Erik Kellso, tp
Evan Arntzen, cl & sax
John Allred, tb
Mark Shane, p
Nicki Parrott, b
Mark McLean, dr

Catherine Russell is a mature, one of a kind, vocalist, who defies easy categorization. Her singing encompasses jazz balladry, bordello blues, dance hall swing, jump blues, country, pop, and soul. Catherine Russell embodies the deepest heart of American music in a single voice. Catherine was born in 1956 with an enviable jazz pedigree. Her father, the late Luis Russell, was a pioneering pianist, composer, and bandleader of the seminal bands of 20th century American jazz and popular music. In 1935, Louis Armstrong named Luis Russell as his musical director and Russell's orchestra as his backing group. Catherine's mother, Carline Ray, is an outstanding bassist and vocalist and has performed with Mary Lou Williams and Wynton Marsalis. Catherine's growing reputation as a versatile and expressive singer led to a call from Paul Simon and a month long run in 1992 at the Paramount Theatre in New York. She toured the globe with David Bowie as a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist. In addition, Ms. Russell has performed or recorded with a dizzyingly impressive array of trend setting artists, including Jackson Browne, Cyndi Lauper, Michael Feinstein, Madonna, Al Green, Dolly Parton, and Isaac Hayes, among others. Catherine Russell is that rarest of entities – a genuine jazz and blues singer – who can sing virtually anything. This week, Catherine presents her project “Harlem On My Mind” – her album of the same name has been nominated for a Grammy Award this year in the category “Best Vocal Jazz Album”!

Concerts D. Crawford

Di. 16.5. - Sa. 20.5.2017

Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, 10:00 p.m.
Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, 3:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

1st Concert: 7:00 p.m.
2nd Concert: 9:30 p.m.)

Admission: CHF 46.-

Concerts C. Russell

Tue. 16.5. - Sat. 20.5.2017

Tuesday, 10:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, 10:00 p.m.
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, 5:15 p.m.&10:00 p.m.

1st Concert: 7:00 p.m.
2nd Concert: 9:30 p.m.)

Admission: CHF 54.-

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