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Billie Holiday and the Big Bands

Billie Holiday at Carnegie Hall, c. 1946 (Credit: William P. Gottlieb Collection, Library of Congress)

Billie Holiday at Carnegie Hall, c. 1946 (Credit: William P. Gottlieb Collection, Library of Congress)

On this show, we continue our celebration of Billie Holiday’s centennial year by looking at some work that she’s not generally known for: fronting a big band. Holiday grew out of the Big Band Era, yes, but many of her most well-known records feature small ensembles, like with Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra early in her career, or with her own orchestra a little later. We’ll hear some recordings she made with the big bands of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, and more, as well as some other rare broadcasts and recordings.

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