‘Billie Holiday: The Incredible Jazz Legacy of Lady Day’ Webinar
“If I’m going to sing like someone else, then I don’t need to sing at all” -Billie Holiday
With her own voice and in her own way, Billie Holiday reinvented jazz vocals in the new rhythm of swing. But what challenges did she face? How was her music perceived in her own time? And how did she change music, and our world, forever? This is the story of Billie Holiday, a tale of one of the greatest career triumphs against all odds.
Join New York Adventure Club as we explore the fascinating life and groundbreaking music of jazz vocal icon Billie Holiday, all through original recordings, photographs, film footage, and first person documents.
Led by DJ and jazz historian Matthew “Fat Cat” Rivera, this virtual presentation and listening party will include:
- A survey of Billie Holiday’s life and musical influences
- Billie Holiday’s musical contributions and importance to Jazz music, which took hold after her breakout recording with Benny Goodman
- A deep dive into some of the greatest hits from her illustrious career, including her daring performance of Strange Fruit
- A listening party featuring a curated selection of rare 78rpm records, played on a vintage high-fidelity sound system throughout the evening
Afterward, we’ll have a Q&A with DJ Fat Cat — any and all questions about Billie Holiday are welcomed and encouraged!
Can’t make it live? Don’t worry, you’ll have access to the full replay for one week!
See you there, virtually! $10.