I don’t know about everyone else, but I love to know what Bowie’s former and current band mates are up to from time to time. So I have two updates for you today.

Catherine Russell, sometime member of David Bowie’s band, will be performing at the Rochester Jazz Festival on June 14. Russell has been a musician and a vocalist for many years, but is just now releasing an album of her own. The album Cat finds Russell covering fourteen little-performed jazz standards and one original song entitled “Blue Memories” written by her and Paul Kahn. For more information on Russell and her career, read Jeff Spevak’s interview with her in the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle.  Her diverse musical influences are fascinating.  Must remember to pick up her album.

Tony and Hunt Sales, along with Alec Pure of Deadsy, are working with Elijah Blue on his tentative new album. So far the four have only completed two demo tracks, which have been posted on Blue’s MySpace page. At the risk of tainting your opinions of the songs, I’m underwhelmed by them.

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