Friday, April 10, 2015 | 8:00 pm
Reynolds Industries Theater
***Health issues will prevent Ms. Russell from playing her April 10 concert at Duke Performances. The presentation has been cancelled and Duke Performances is not planning to reschedule the engagement. Ticket holders for this event will be refunded for the full value of their tickets, plus service charges where applicable.***
From Dusty Springfield to Joss Stone, there is a glorious history of British R&B artists mastering the grit, swing, and swagger of American soul music. Brighton’s Alice Russell is the latest standard-bearer, with her languorous and intoxicating delivery, impeccable timing, and powerhouse stage show. “With due respect to fans of Amy Winehouse and Adele,” writes AllMusic, “songstress Alice Russell is the true blue-eyed soul queen from across the pond.”
Over the course of five studio albums for the iconic British indie label Tru Thoughts, Russell has garnered favorable comparison to her idols Chaka Khan and Roberta Flack. In addition to her solo work, Russell has taken part in collaborations with a cadre of iconic musicians including David Byrne, Gilles Peterson, and The Roots. “Alice Russell’s career has been something of a slow burn — full of experimentation, lots of thrilling collaboration, and the fierce confidence of a true soul disciple” (WNYC).