The first time I heard Billie Holiday
sing on a CD, I immediately agreed with those who panned the performance of Diana Ross that the singer tried to copy the sound of the jazz legend and failed.
Jazz | icon Billie Holiday
, who popularised classics sucha Get Happy and Stormy Weather
That turned into plans for a three-performance run of "Fine and Mellow: The Billie Holiday
Songbook," which opens Friday and continues through the weekend.
The miracle is that in the face of constant surveillance, being hunted like an animal, beaten, and exploited, Billie Holiday
continued to love and be loved and produce art of exceptional quality throughout her life.
came up hard and was often hooked on drugs.
Gone now for more than 40 years, Billie Holiday
still soothes, stirs and sparks magic.
"Southern trees bear a strange fruit/blood on the leaves and blood at the root" begins "Strange Fruit," the chilling song made famous by singer Billie Holiday
. A fascinating hour.
For those interested in taking this fascinating seminar in bite-sized pieces, Sony has also released 10 separate CDs of the Ken Burns Jazz Collection, each featuring artists from Louis Armstrong to Billie Holiday
to Ella Fitzgerald to John Coltrane.
Kam is known for his interpretations of musical legends such as Leonard Bernstein, Herbert Van Karajan, Billie Holiday
and other music artists.
"Her triumph lies not only in her skill and talent as a singer and songwriter, but, perhaps more importantly, in her ability to recontextualize the emotional soul of Aretha Franklin and the plaintive jazz/blues of Billie Holiday
First of all what could I possibly say, or even add as an addendum to all that has been written, discussed, interpreted, and misinterpreted about the life, art, and tragic power of Billie Holiday
? What new can I reveal concerning the relationship between drug addiction, self-destruction and the artistic and creative personality, that hasn't been already explored in a thousand case studies of artistic types.
Lady Day, The Many Faces of Billie Holiday
(Kultur Video), also one hour long, is a documentary directed by Matthew Seig.