July 6, 2012
Your Weekend Entertainment: Singing The Blues
We have pleasure in presenting to you Miss Billie Holiday as your entertainer for this weekend. After listening to these signature tunes by her, you will agree with us that Lady Day is the greatest female exponent of this All-American art form called the Blues. In this selection, she is accompanied by some of the best jazz men of all times.
Wikipedia–Billie Holiday (born Eleanora Harris ( April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959) was an American jazz singer and songwriter. Nicknamed “Lady Day” by her friend and musical partner Lester Young, Holiday had a seminal influence on jazz and pop singing. Her vocal style, strongly inspired by jazz instrumentalists, pioneered a new way of manipulating phrasing and tempo.
Critic John Bush wrote that Holiday “changed the art of American pop vocals forever.” She co-wrote only a few songs, but several of them have become jazz standards, notably “God Bless the Child“, “Don’t Explain“, “Fine and Mellow“, and “Lady Sings the Blues“. She also became famous for singing “Easy Living“, “Good Morning Heartache“, and “Strange Fruit“, a protest song which became one of her standards and was made famous with her 1939 recording.
Dr Kamsiah and I hope you enjoy listening to this fine and mellow voice who has become a jazz legend with few equals. –Dr. Kamsiah and Din Merican
The Lady Sings the Blues
What a Little Moonlight can do to You
All or Nothing At All
All of Me
April in Paris
Crazy He Calls Me
Natalie Cole’s Version
How about this jazzy swinging tune?