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February 25, 2009

 

A Strange and Bitter Crop: Billie Holiday’s Song of the Century

Holiday Strange FruitWhen Harry Smith, creator of The Anthology of American Folk Music and dean of American bohemians, received a Grammy just a few months before his death in 1991, he said, “I’m glad to say that my dreams came true–that I saw America changed through music.” In the book Strange Fruit: Billie Holiday, Cafe Society, and an Early Cry for Civil Rights, David Margolick proposes that racism–a bedrock element of Americanism–was challenged and ultimately changed by a single song, a song sung by Holiday titled “Strange Fruit.”

October 9, 2008

 

The Johnny Green Songbook, Part 2

Although Johnny Green is best remembered for composing significant standards, he actually spent the bulk of his career working in the movie industry.

July 15, 2008

 

Golden Arms and Glasses: When Algren Met Holiday

Novelist Nelson Algren and singer Billie Holiday are two iconic figures of mid-20th-century American culture, though Holiday is surely better-known than Algren.

September 10, 2007

 

Billie Holiday Revisited

One of my favorite Billie Holiday records is Solitude. Released in 1952, in my mind it's one of the singer's best efforts for Verve, curiously overlooked.

March 4, 2006

 

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Ghosts Of Yesterday: Billie Holiday And The Two Irenes

An iconic singer, a songwriter (or two) named Irene, lost love and inspiration, and a history-mystery of identity.

August 20, 2005

 

Count Basie: The 1950 Octet And Combo

We'll hear collaborations with former Basie big-band singers Billie Holiday and Helen Humes, as well as a live version of some bop anthems.

July 16, 2005

 

For Lady: Early Tribute LPs To Billie Holiday

Two years before and after Holiday's death in 1959 six albums dedicated to the iconic singer were released...

May 28, 2005

 

Turn Out The Stars: Jazz Elegies

We'll hear elegies for Charlie Parker, Lester Young, Sonny Clark, and more.

April 16, 2005

 

Let’s Spring One

A salute to warmer weather, including music from Thelonious Monk & Milt Jackson, Anita O'Day, Nat King Cole, June Christy, Billie Holiday, and more.

July 17, 2004

 

The Day Lady Died: Billie Holiday

The program includes a 1966 recording of Frank O'Hara reading his poetic tribute, "The Day Lady Died."

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