Billie Holiday

Lerner Publishing Group

This week on The Local Take I speak with Gary Golio and Charlotte Riley-Webb about the children's book:

Strange Fruit Billie Holiday and the Power of a Protest Song. The children's novel  for those age Eight - 12 shares not only the biography of the legendary Jazz singer but also her serendipitous meeting with: Abel Meeropol, Barney Joesphson and John Hammond.

Happy Birthday Billie Holiday

Apr 7, 2016
William Gottlieb/Library of Congress

Billie Holiday was born Eleanora Fagan April 7, 1915 in Philadelphia, PA.   For Billie, music was a part of her life and about her life.  Nicknamed "Lady Day" by her collaborator Lester Young, she failed an audition at Smalls Jazz Club in Harlem as a teenager because she didn't know in which key to sing. "Just pick one," she said.  Her vocal style was unlike any other -- slow, sexual and improvisational. She would not sing a song the same way twice, often changing tempos.

You can join Midday Jazz's Rivablue for a special celebration of the centennial of the birth of Jazz Immortal Billie Holiday. This event takes place at Cafe 290 in Sandy Springs on Wednesday, April 8 starting at 8pm and features the musical stylings of Rick Harris, Ramon Pooser, Emrah Kotan and Dennis Springer.

You can find out more information about Cafe 290 by clicking here. For more information about Rivablue, just listen to 91.9 WCLK weekdays 10a-20p on Midday Jazz.

Rivablue Presents A Tribute To Billie Holiday

Jul 5, 2014
William F. Gottlieb

Rivablue joins forces with Tyra Atkins, Steve Moore and Mimi Johnson to pay tribute to the immortal Billie Holiday in a special dramatic musical performance Wednesday July 9 at Cafe 290 in Sandy Springs.  This tribute will include a dramatization of an evening in the life of Billie Holiday, and will feature a number of her classics, including Strange Fruit, Love For Sale, Don't Explain, What A Little Moonlight Can Do, Them There Eyes, Good Morning, and God Bless The Child.