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Billie Holiday: Singin’ the Blues
February 12, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Brenda Hollingsworth-Marley performs Billie Holiday: Singing the Blues
Sunday, February 12, 2017: 2pm
Funded in part by the New Mexico Humanities Council, and the State Department of Cultural Affairs.
This is a one-hour program with stories on the troubled life and career of blues and jazz vocalist, Billie Holiday. Includes the performance of famous Billie Holiday songs, like “Strange Fruit. ” The subject matter is for mature audiences, and includes adult language.
The late great Ms. Billie Holiday, also known as “Lady Day,” was born to sing her blues in jazzy sultry tones from coast to coast. Billie’s personal life was tumultuous and the difficulties of poverty, racial prejudice and a world at war created a complex backdrop for a sadness the “Lady” was unable to overcome. Introduced to Harlem and the Harlem Renaissance in the late 1920’s and the Great Depression in the 1930s, Holiday used her unique singing style to work with Benny Goodman, Teddy Wilson, Bessie Smith and a host of blues and jazz greats of her time. During her career she fought many battles, but her battle with drugs was to overcome her talent and take her life. Known for her rendition of “Strange Fruit” the memory of Billie Holiday has endured through generations of jazz lovers. Brenda Hollingsworth-Marley brings to life Billie’s story with a haunting refrain of pain and pleasure. Billie Holiday hit songs that she will perform will include: “All of Me” and “God Bless the Child”
Ladies and Gentleman please welcome “The Lady.”