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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

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

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