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JT Video Premiere: “Make It Last” by Catherine Russell

Track appears on the album Send for Me, set for release on April 1

Catherine Russell
Catherine Russell (photo: Sandrine Lee)

JazzTimes is honored to premiere the video of “Make It Last” by vocalist Catherine Russell. The song, written by Dick Haymes and Bill Paxton, will appear on her forthcoming album Send for Me, which Dot Time Records will release on April 1.


Besides Russell on vocal, the track and video (filmed during the album recording sessions) feature guitarist and musical director Matt Munisteri, trumpeter Jon-Erik Kellso, trombonist John Allred, tenor saxophonist Evan Arntzen, pianist Mark Shane, bassist Tal Ronen, and drummer Mark McLean.

Russell comments: “A good friend of mine sent me this tune, recorded by Betty Carter in 1958. I loved the chord progression and Melba Liston’s arrangement. I had seen both Betty Carter and Melba Liston perform. My mother, Carline Ray, played bass with Melba Liston in small groups for several years. The lyric speaks of cherishing precious moments.”

“Make It Last” is one of 13 tracks on Send for Me, all of them either actual or should-be standards. Other highlights include the title cut, first recorded by Nat King Cole in 1957; Brooks Bowman’s “East of the Sun (and West of the Moon)”; and “At the Swing Cats Ball,” famously covered by Louis Jordan—and co-written by Russell’s father, bandleader Luis Russell.

Just last week, Russell performed a six-night stand at Birdland in New York City (Feb. 14-19). She’ll be on the road from March through May, playing shows in Missouri, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Virginia, and New York, as well as four nights at Jazz Alley in Seattle and three nights in California (Yoshi’s in Oakland, Kuumbwa Jazz in Santa Cruz, and the Barclay Theatre in Irvine).

For more information on Catherine Russell, visit her website.

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