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' Miss Russell gave an exhuberant, even astonishing display of vocal pyrotechnics-- this was Tina Turner meets Dee Dee Bridgewater with a touch of Ella and Sassy (Sarah Vaughan) and a Covent Garden colouratura thrown in to the melting pot.' (Lance Liddle, ' Bebop Spoken Here' Blogsite )

'Sandi is in striking form... A masterclass of top-notch jazz... for Sandi's peerless vocal.' (
Musician , Spring)

‘A formidable vocal force, expat American Russell breathes new life into the most familiar materials’ (
Guardian , Spring)

‘This unique vocalist … [with] a seemingly limitless variety of embellishments’ David Miele,
Jazz Improv (New York)

‘If you thought Billie Holiday took phrasing to its hair-raising limits, think again!’ Humphrey Lyttleton,
Best of Jazz (BBC Radio 2)

'Breathtaking experience' Bruce Crowther,
Jazz Journal International


'Nobody Got Off Scat-Free' Sandi Russell is to be commended for organising this, the first Musicon Durham Jazz Festival. The event took place at St Chad's College - a seat of learning only a wing and a prayer away from the cathedral, the castle and the prison. Not that Ms Russell took any prisoners. Looking very svelte in a beige posh cardi with gold decorations and brown trousers - the epitome of cool - the Harlem born, Dunelmian resident, gave an exuberant, even astonishing, display of vocal pyrotechnics - this was Tina Turner meets Dee Dee Bridgewater with a touch of Ella and Sassy (Sarah Vaughan) and a Covent Garden coloratura thrown in to the melting pot - an outré performance!
Lance Liddle (
Bebop Spoken Here )

‘An extraordinary singer’ Lionel Hampton

‘Magnetic, moving’ Johnny Hartman

‘Big voice, big presence’ Geoffrey Smith (
Jazz Record Requests, BBC Radio 3 )

‘Sandi Russell achieves a compelling swing’ Humphrey Lyttleton (
Best of Jazz , BBC Radio 2)

‘A commanding presence’ Bruce Crowther (
Jazz Journal , UK)

‘This unique vocalist … an entertaining singer … smart and savvy’ Dave Miele (
Jazz Improv , USA)

‘Sandi Russell was the hit of the evening’ Robert Maycock (
The Independent )

‘Sandi Russell is a class act’ John Fordham (
Guardian )

‘Sandi Russell is strictly superb’ Jack Lloyd (
Philadelphia Enquirer )

‘Bright, strong voice and an awareness of the emotive power of a lyric’ Richard Sudhalter (
New York Post )

‘Ms Russell personifies the maxim that the human voice is the most expressive of all musical instruments’ Matthew Wells (
Darlington & Stockton Times )

‘Everyone ought to hear Sandi Russell’ Alan Twelftre (
Metro Radio )
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