‘An extraordinary singer’ Lionel Hampton
‘Hair-raising’ Humphrey Lyttelton
‘A superb singer’ Time Out (London)
‘A unique voice on the jazz scene’ Jazz Improv (New York)
Harlem-born and classically trained, Sandi Russell was an outstanding jazz singer, writer and educator. Of Native American, African American, and European descent, she lived half her life in the United States and half in the United Kingdom where, as an author and performer, she became a leading interpreter of African American culture.
Sandi Russell: a Celebration
This beautiful book, published in 2019, offers an intimate and multi-faceted portrait of an exceptional artist and much-loved woman who, through her music, writings, teaching and friendships, moved and inspired many others.
More than thirty contributors to Sandi Russell: a Celebration, from both sides of the Atlantic, include friends from childhood, fellow musicians, artists, poets and critics. Also gathered here are Sandi’s key essays, interviews and reviews, including her encounters with such luminaries as Maya Angelou and Toni Morrison, and her own previously unpublished poems and song lyrics.
Sandi Russell: a Celebration is a substantial paperback of 188 pages, fully documented, and illustrated with archive images, original artworks, and over
one hundred photographs, many in full colour.