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Diane London Award - River Jam

River Jam Fredericton

Congrats to Jenn Russell presented with the Diane London award during River Jam last Friday pm This special award, in honour of Diane, beloved diva of the Downtown Blues Band, whose final performance was at River Jam 10 years ago, before losing her battle to cancer.

Kick off the summer with Jenn Russell swing concert in St. Andrews

East Coast Music with Bob Mersereau | CBC New Brunswick
Fri, Jun 27, 2014

news-thumb-280x160It looks like a glorious weekend coming up in the province, and a long one for some. Organized folks would have taken Monday off, to match up with the Tuesday Canada Day celebration. I'm not organized, of course. But, I do know a good spot to be on Sunday, and any day, really. Jenn Russell has been doing a series of album launch shows around the province for her new album of swing jazz, called Double Kiss. And after a beautiful day on the Bay of Fundy, what better way to cap it off than seeing a full swing orchestra, just like the classic big band days, in concert. To top it off, there will be a vintage vibe to it all, as the show is being presented in the historic Algonquin Resort hotel.

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Jenn Russell- "Catch-22" at Dolan's Pub

April 30, 2014

Jenn Russell's Fredericton Album Launch On Wednesday

East Coast Music with Bob Mersereau | CBC New Brunswick
Mon, Apr 28, 2014

east-coast-music-mar-21-2014After a successful album launch back in March at The Maritime Club in Oromocto, Fredericton singer Jenn Russell brings her jazz/blues swing sound home with another launch, this one Wednesday night at Dolan's in Fredericton. Russell's album, Double Kiss, features a big band sound with a full horn section, violin, lots of great vocals and ten original songs by the artist. Above all, it's fun music, and is perfect for dancing. Russell, a veteran of the popular Fredericton covers band Vinyl2Bits, says there's a growing interest in swing dancing around the province.

"I think there's been a revival," says the sax player and singer. "I think there's a younger generation out there of university people who are into it. There's a UNB swing dance group now, and I think that's taking off. There's a very large range demographic of people interested. Dolan's is mostly a sit-down venue, but there is a teenie-tiny dance floor, so there is room to dance."

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Jennifer Russell Launches New Swing Album Saturday

East Coast Music with Bob Mersereau | CBC New Brunswick
Fri, Mar 21, 2014

east-coast-music-mar-21-2014Now this is how to throw an album launch. Saturday night, singer Jennifer Russell will bring her swingin' jazz and jump blues to The Maritime Club in Oromocto, the official launch pad for her new Double Kiss CD and download. There are great reasons for the setting, including the fact Russell served at CFB Gagetown as a doctor, and that this album is made for dancers. "I chose the Maritime Club because it has a huge dance floor," Russell explains. "There is a large group of swing dancers and ballroom dancers in Fredericton who absolutely love going to events there. I obviously have a connection with the military population, having worked on the base for several years. One of my songs (Loose Lips) is based on a WWII slogan, 'Loose Lips Sink Ships' and is a swing tune, very much in the style of that era."

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Radio Interview - The Wolf

Radio interview with Congrad on 95.7 The Wolf radio station
March 2014

Travel back in time with Jennifer Russell’s new big-band CD

The Daily Gleaner
ADAM BOWIE CITY LIVE
March 20, 2014

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Local musician Jennifer Russell will launch her new self-titled recording at a special CD-release party at the Maritime Club at Base Gagetown on Saturday evening at 8 p.m. The venue has a large dance floor, providing the perfect place to debut Russell’s big-band, swing-dance sound.
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If you feel like stepping back in time to another era, to a time when an evening out involved some fancy threads, a spacious dance floor and some big-band music, I know a place.

If you leave the city this Saturday evening, drive 15 minutes down the highway to Oromocto, take the exit and make your way to Base Gagetown. You’ll find a temporary oasis from the modern world at the Maritime Club just on the left off Champlain Street.

On Saturday evening at 8 p.m., Jennifer Russell, a local physician who loves making music, will host a special evening of dancing.

The event will serve as the launch of her new self-titled CD, 10 new songs written by Russell that really capture the spirit and the sound of the swing-dance era.

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