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Jose James: Yesterday I Had the Blues: The Music of Billie Holiday

Once in a great while there comes along an album that you know at first spin is one for the ages. José James’ Yesterday I Had the Blues, his triumphant homage to Billie Holiday at her centenary, numbers among that precious ilk. In the liner notes James says he discovered Holiday in his teens and … Read More “Jose James: Yesterday I Had the Blues: The Music of Billie Holiday”

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Dee Dee Bridgewater: Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959): To Billie With Love From Dee Dee

A quarter-century ago, Dee Dee Bridgewater paid homage to the sound and style of Billie Holiday with the acclaimed stage production Lady Day, based on Holiday’s autobiography. Since she was actually portraying Holiday, it was necessary for Bridgewater to be vocally imitative—and what a fine mimic she was. Now, with Bridgewater having advanced from Holiday … Read More “Dee Dee Bridgewater: Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959): To Billie With Love From Dee Dee”

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