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Happy Birthday Billie

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Page added Apr 13, 2012 Updated May 11, 2012

On Jazztrack: Billie Holiday is featured on the occasion of her birthday 100 years ago (depending on who you believe). More info here.

Holiday's first recording with Benny Goodman will be broadcast, through to some of her final sessions. There's some wonderful Johnny Hodges with Duke Ellington from the classic 1966 Far East Suite.

Plus: new singing star Gregory Porter and his second release, Ahmad Jamal's new recording and something from one of the winners at the recent Art Music Awards, bassist Nick Haywood.

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Apr 14, 2012. 5:05pm - 7:00pm
Apr 17, 2012. 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Apr 17, 2012. 9:00pm - 11:00pm

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Eleanora Fagan (April 7, 1915 - July 17, 1959), professionally known as Billie Holiday, was an American jazz musician and singer-songwriter with a career spanning nearly thirty years. Nicknamed "Lady Day" by her friend and music partner Lester Young, Holiday had a seminal influence on jazz music and pop singing. Her vocal style, strongly inspired by jazz instrumentalists, pioneered a new way of...

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On Apr 26, 2017. 1:01pm
Anonymous said

On a recent OS flight in the small hours of the morning, I heard Billie performing "I'm A Fool To Want You", and was again reminded of her extraordinary soulfulness. Her take on this classic is near heart-breaking and remains a reflection on the deep sadness which at the time of that recording, was set to overwhelm her. I pray sweet Billie is now somewhere beautiful and has found the love, inner peace and respect that was so lacking in her earthly life.
(By the way, this was one of the few memorable tracks to be heard on that aircraft jazz channel. As I've previously observed, the jazz programming on airlines is generally insipid. Glen Miller for instance! Spare me.)
Christopher Lynch.

On Apr 17, 2012. 2:00pm
Anonymous said

There's never been a more soulful female jazz singer. Yes, 'Happy Birthday' indeed Lady Day.
Thankyou too Mal Stanley for the thoughtful feature on Billie in last Saturday's edition of Jazztrack.
By the way people, do have a serious listen to Duke Ellington's 'Far East Suite', as mentioned. This astonishing album is too rarely heard from and just look at the all-star line-up performing on it!
Happy listening all,
Christopher Lynch.

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