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Catherine Russell: 'Real Thing' Gets Sentimental

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Catherine Russell: 'Real Thing' Gets Sentimental

Catherine Russell: 'Real Thing' Gets Sentimental

Catherine Russell: 'Real Thing' Gets Sentimental

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Catherine Russell is out with a new album--A Sentimental Streak. Stefan Falke hide caption

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Her father was Louis Armstrong's music director and a noted bandleader in his own right; her mother was a member of the iconic International Sweethearts of Rhythm.

Critic Nat Hentoff says that pedigree — and her own unmistakable chops — make Cat Russell "the real thing" in a crowd of jazz wannabes "who couldn't lasted through a chorus in a contest with Ella Fitzgerald or Betty Carter."

Russell talks to Terry Gross about her musical roots — and about her new album, A Sentimental Streak.