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Tuesday, April 7, 2015 Permalink

Excellence In Jazz Playlist, April 7, 2015

  

Excellence In Jazz will feature many of the songs Billie Holiday popularized, performed by both Holiday and the singers she has influenced and inspired. The program will be repeated on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on www.JazzStream.org

 

Lady Day Remembered

By Gary G. Vercelli

Tuesday, April 7 marks the 100th birthday of Billie Holiday. Lady Day only made it to age 47 on this earthly plane, but her spirit and song live on, her artistry having influenced song stylists from Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett to today’s rising stars, including Jose James and Cassandra Wilson (both of whom have recently released albums inspired by Holiday).

 

Billie Holiday was born into poverty in Philadelphia as Eleanora Fagan (the name of the birth certificate is Elinore Harris). Her father abandoned the family and, at some point, her mother moved to New York, leaving her with relatives. It was tenor sax giant Lester Young that nicknamed her Lady Day. She, in turn, called him Prez.

 

Holiday’s voice had a limited range and was frail on many of her later recordings. But she had that special something in her voice that transmitted the life experience better than anyone. Sinatra had that magic too. They both knew how to get underneath the skin of a song and make the lyrics percolate and really mean something. While it took Sinatra years to develop that magic, Lady Day was born with it! Billie Holiday was, quite simply, a natural. Her sense of rhythm allowed her to sing just behind the beat as no one else quite does.

 

Did the travails of life enhance her artistry? Holiday, of course, battled drugs, alcohol, racism, and some truly abusive relationships. But through it all, she imbued her songs with that special indefinable something that keeps you coming back. 100 years after she was born, this fact remains: While other singers may try to sound like Billie Holiday, Billie Holiday sounds like no one else.

 

Check out this 1957 footage from “The Sound of Jazz” for proof:

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhdYoWhBKhM

Playlist

7:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m.
Billie Holiday: All Of Me BUY from The Quintessential Billie Holiday, Vol. 9
7:02 p.m.
Duke Ellington: All Of Me BUY from Love Songs
7:05 p.m.
Billy Eckstine: What A Little Moonlight Can Do BUY from Imagination
7:10 p.m.
Tony Bennett: Solitude BUY from On Holiday
7:13 p.m.
Billie Holiday: Remember BUY from Jazz Masters 12
7:16 p.m.
Hank Mobley: Remember BUY from Soul Station
7:22 p.m.
John Pizzarelli: It's Easy To Remember BUY from With A Song In My Heart
7:26 p.m.
Miles Davis: I'll Remember April BUY from Prestige Profiles, Vol. 1
7:38 p.m.
Jose James: What A Little Moonlight Can Do BUY from Yesterday I Had The Blues: Music Of Billie Holiday
7:43 p.m.
Billie Holiday: What A Little Moon Light Can Do BUY from Jazz Masters 12
7:47 p.m.
Billie Holiday: I Cover The Waterfront BUY from The Quintessential Billie Holiday, Vol. 9
7:50 p.m.
Billie Holiday: Good Morning Heartache BUY from Jazz Masters 12
7:54 p.m.
Billie Holiday: God Bless The Child BUY from Jazz Masters 12
8:00 p.m.
8:03 p.m.
Billie Holiday: Some Other Spring BUY from Billie's Best
8:06 p.m.
Lou Rawls: Willow Weep For Me BUY from Stormy Monday
8:12 p.m.
Billie Holiday: Willow Weep For Me BUY from Jazz Masters 12
8:15 p.m.
Gene Harris: Willow Weep For Me BUY from The Best Of The Three Sounds
8:20 p.m.
Billie Holiday: All Or Nothing At All BUY from Jazz Masters 12
8:27 p.m.
Frank Sinatra: What Is This Thing Called Love BUY from The Capitol Years
8:29 p.m.
Dexter Gordon: (It Will Have To Do) Until The Real Thing Comes Along BUY from A Swingin' Affair
8:36 p.m.
Billy Eckstine: I Cover The Waterfront BUY from I Am A Singer
8:40 p.m.
Doug Raney: Tenderly BUY from You Go To My Head
8:47 p.m.
Billie Holiday: Solitude BUY from The Quintessential Billie Holiday, Vol. 9
8:54 p.m.
Jose James: Body And Soul BUY from Yesterday I Had The Blues: Music Of Billie Holiday
9:00 p.m.
9:00 p.m.
Stan Getz: Body And Soul BUY from Jazz Masters 8
9:03 p.m.
Tierney Sutton: Body And Soul BUY from Paris Sessions
9:06 p.m.
Tony Bennett: I Wished On The Moon BUY from On Holiday
9:09 p.m.
Marilyn Scott: I Wished On The Moon BUY from Nightcap
9:14 p.m.
Billie Holiday: Love Me Or Leave Me BUY from The Quintessential Billie Holiday, Vol. 9
9:20 p.m.
Billie Holiday: They Can't Take That Away From Me BUY from Billie's Best
9:24 p.m.
Mel Torme: They Can't Take That Away BUY from Mel Torme Sings Fred Astaire
9:27 p.m.
Billie Holiday: Everything I Have Is Yours BUY from Billie's Best
9:30 p.m.
Art Pepper: Come Rain Or Come Shine BUY from The Art Of The Ballad
9:35 p.m.
Billie Holiday: Come Rain Or Come Shine BUY from Billie's Best
9:55 p.m.
Billie Holiday: God Bless The Child BUY from The Quintessential Billie Holiday, Vol. 9
10:00 p.m.
10:01 p.m.
Cassandra Wilson: These Foolish Things BUY from Coming Forth By Day
10:05 p.m.
Tony Bennett: Day Dream BUY from Ellington Hot And Cool
10:09 p.m.
Billie Holiday: Comes Love BUY from Billie's Best
10:13 p.m.
Billy Eckstine: Love Is Just Around The Corner BUY from Imagination
10:16 p.m.
Billie Holiday: Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone BUY from Jazz Masters 12
10:21 p.m.
Nat King Cole: My Kinda Love BUY from At The Sands
10:24 p.m.
Cassandra Wilson: The Way You Look Tonight BUY from Coming Forth By Day
10:29 p.m.
Jose James: Tenderly BUY from Yesterday I Had The Blues: Music Of Billie Holiday
10:32 p.m.
Reeds & Deeds: Tenderly BUY from Tenor Time
10:39 p.m.
Kenny Burrell: God Bless The Child BUY from God Bless The Child
10:47 p.m.
Billie Holiday: Autumn In New York BUY from Jazz Masters 12
10:51 p.m.
Milt Jackson: Good Morning Heartache BUY from Sa Va Bella (For Lady Legends)

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