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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)

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.

Mark Chilla

Mark Chilla, originally from Atlanta, GA, is the Production Director at WFIU, where he also hosts Ether Game and Afterglow. He studied music theory at Indiana University and taught various music theory courses at IU and Butler University. He enjoys film, woodworking, learning new instruments and the Beatles.

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