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Sunday, 14th May 2017, 5.00 p.m.

Presenting Partner: Hotel Schweizerhof Bern


Catherine Russell, voc
Charanee Wade, voc
Brianna Thomas, voc

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

Three of the most talented Blues singers of our time meet for a unique – Switzerland exclusive – concert. The mother’s day gala concert in the Hotel Schweizerhof is now in its third year and has meanwhile established itself as a tradition within the program of the International Jazzfestival Bern. Don’t miss the unique atmosphere and world class concert!

Please note:

This concert is sold out! There are no more tickets available.

Catherine Russell is a mature, one of a kind, vocalist, who defies easy categorization. Her father, the late Luis Russell, was named by Louis Armstrong as his musical director and Russell's orchestra as his backing group. Catherine's mother, Carline Ray, was an outstanding bassist and vocalist and has performed with Mary Lou Williams and Wynton Marsalis. Ms. Russell has performed or recorded with artists like Jackson Browne, Madonna, Al Green, Dolly Parton, and Isaac Hayes, among others. Catherine Russell is a genuine jazz and blues singer who can sing virtually anything.

Charenee Wade is a brilliant young singer, composer, arranger and educator. She walked away from the Thelonious Monk Vocal competition in 2010 with instant buzz and second place to her new friend Cécile McLorin-Salvant. Known for expert vocal improvisational ability and her seriously swinging groove, Wade evokes a classic sound akin to Betty Carter and Sarah Vaughan.

Just shy of her teens, Brianna Thomas’ talents were discovered by distinguished jazz educator Mary Jo Papich. Soon after, Brianna toured Europe with the Peoria Jazz All-Stars. This was the beginning of Brianna’s career as jazz and blues vocalist. Perhaps Brianna’s greatest asset is the soulfulness of her sound. Captivatingly unique, her sound moves in tones, establishing a personal and classic quality that leaves listeners swooning after her performances.





Sun., 14th Mai 2017, 5:00 p.m.
(Doors 4:30 p.m.)

Presenting Partner

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