APOLLO PRESS RELEASE:
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Cassandra Wilson: A Celebration of Billie Holiday
Friday, April 10 at 8PM
Cassandra Wilson, one of the finest and most important jazz, blues, country and folk vocalists today, salutes the superstar and legendary songstress Billie Holiday during “Lady Day’s” centennial celebration week. Timed with what would have been Holiday’s 100th birthday, Wilson will release Coming Forth By Day, a celebration of Billie Holiday, on Sony Music/Legacy Recordings.
Wilson became one of the founding members of the groundbreaking M-Base Collective in the early 80’s, released the landmark album Blue Light ‘Til Dawn in 1992, has earned two Grammys (1996, Best Jazz Vocal Performance for New Moon Daughter; 2009, Best Jazz Vocal Album for Loverly), and has received countless other honors and awards during her illustrious career.
Join Cassandra Wilson, as she headlines the legendary Apollo Theater for the first time in honor of a trailblazing artist who first graced the same stage in 1934!
Location: Apollo Mainstage
Tickets: $78.50, $63.50, $48.50
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One of our reader favorites is Billie Holiday's original work, "Don't Explain". It has been recently covered by blues artists, Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa, among others. Holiday penned the song with a real life story behind it, yet, elegantly sang it with crisp confidence, showing how music has been her backbone to stand up to adversity with courage.
Song Credits: New York, November 8, 1944, Decca, Toots Camarata and His Orchestra, with Russ Case (trumpet), Hymie Schertzer, Jack Cressey (alto saxophone), Larry Binyon and Dave Harris (tenor saxophone), Dave Bowman (piano), Carl Kress (guitar), Haig Stephens (bass), George Wettling (drums), Billie Holiday (vocals), and six strings.
- "I Cover The Waterfront" has been named by Ted Gioa author of Delta Blues, as a "vehicle" for Billie Holiday. The widely covered Johnny Green classic was even pared down by John Lee Hooker. Holiday was a pioneer in singing directly from the heart, to soar above expected techniques.
- Song credits: Billie Holiday vc. with Doc Cheatham tp; Lem Davis as; Vic Dickenson tb; Eddie Heywood p; Teddy Walters g: John Simmons b; Sidney Catlett ds; 25th, March 1944
NEWPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL PRESS RELEASE:
Cassandra Wilson Celebrates Billie Holiday
Saturday, August 1, 2015
Cassandra Wilson is an American jazz musician, vocalist, songwriter, and producer from Jackson, Mississippi. Described by critic Gary Giddins as "a singer blessed with an unmistakable timbre and attack who has expanded the playing field" by incorporating blues, country and folk music into her work.
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Cassandra Wilson (Photo by Sony Records)