Jazz Appreciation Month, Week 1: Billie Holiday

April is Jazz Appreciation Month. Each week WFIU features a prominent jazz artist. This week: legendary singer and songwriter Billie Holiday.

Billie Holiday

Photo: Carl Van Vechten (Library of Congress)

Billie Holiday continues to be admired all over the world for her deeply personal and intimate approach to singing.

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Jazz Fables: Joe Bourne 25th Anniversary Show

A celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month and Joe Bourne, who is celebrating his 25th anniversary as host of WFIU’s “Just You and Me."


Bear's Place (1316 E. 3rd St., Bloomington, IN)

Thursday, April 29, 2010, 5:30 – 8pm

$6 (general admission)

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Billie Holiday (April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959) was an American jazz singer and songwriter, and a seminal influence on jazz and pop singing. Known for her ability to mimic jazz instruments with her voice, Holiday pioneered new ways of manipulating phrasing and tempo. More than fifty years after her death, the affectionately nicknamed ‘Lady Day’ continues to be admired all over the world for her deeply personal and intimate approach to singing.

Watch: Billie Holiday Sings “God Bless The Child”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwENHwsg3YM

From Afterglow: Swing It, Lady, Swing: Billie Holiday With the Big Bands

Billie Holiday was very much a vocalist of the big-band era. On the recording “Swing It, Lady, Swing,” we can hear Holiday in the studio and on stage with Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Paul Whiteman, Louis Armstrong and Count Basie. This recording also features some of the big-band sides she made for Decca in the late 1940s, as well as a rare concert performance of “I Cover the Waterfront” with Duke Ellington’s orchestra. Listen to the program »

Past Shows With Billie Holiday

Enter To Win A Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) Pack

WFIU has partnered with the Indiana Daily Student to give away a JAM pack each week during April. Each JAM Pack includes:

  • Jazz Appreciation Month poster
  • Joe Bourne “Just You and Me” 25th anniversary T-shirt
  • Pair of tickets to the Jazz Fables Concert at Bear’s Place on April 29 (Must be 21 to attend)
  • A selected jazz CD

Enter the drawing at All That Jazz Contest (IDSNews.com)

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    Thanks for posting about people who really deserves Appreciation. Billie Holiday is among my favorite one of the best jazz singer and songwriter Americans ever had.

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