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.'
‘A formidable vocal force, expat American Russell breathes new life into the most familiar materials’
‘This unique vocalist … [with] a seemingly limitless variety of embellishments’
‘If you thought Billie Holiday took phrasing to its hair-raising limits, think again!’
Best of Jazz
(BBC Radio 2)
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 (
‘This unique vocalist … an entertaining singer … smart and savvy’
Dave Miele (
‘Sandi Russell was the hit of the evening’ Robert Maycock (
‘Sandi Russell is a class act’ John Fordham (
‘Sandi Russell is strictly superb’ Jack Lloyd (
‘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 (
Jazz Singer, Writer & Educator