Billie Holiday was as iconic a jazz and cabaret singer as has ever lived. The endurance of her legacy in popular culture is on par with Marilyn Monroe, James Dean or Frank Sinatra. She would have been celebrating her one hundredth birthday this year on April 7th. Fittingly, many musical artists have been releasing their own take on some of her memorable repertoire. On Monday in NYC, there was an induction ceremony of Ms. Holiday's name on the walk of fame at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. Singer Cassandra Wilson opened for her first time at the Apollo on Tuesday, while simultaneously releasing her tribute album titled Coming Forth by Day. Coinciding with this event, Legacy Records, released a 20 song re-issue of some of Holiday's most memorable recordings under the title Centennial Collection.
On a Saturday night before Easter the singer Jose James came to resurrect the spirit if not the sound of Billie Holiday at the Variety playhouse in the Little Five Points neighborhood of Atlanta. Mr. James, a silky smooth baritone with a voice that is a mix between Lou Rawls and Johnny Hartman, has ...
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