Part of the Hull Jazz festival.
Starring Vimala Rowe.
Inspired by the legendary 1956 concerts at which Billie’s music was accompanied by extracts from her autobiography Lady Sings the Blues, this words-and-music show gives a thrilling insight into this immortal jazz talent.
Rowe gives her unique interpretations of the Lady Day catalogue while quoting from Billie’s extraordinary life story, with a stellar band led by pianist MD Alex Webb and featuring Sue Richardson (trumpet) and Denys Baptiste (tenor & clarinet saxophone).
The show includes many of the most well-known Holiday songs, ranging from the optimism of her 1930s work (What A Little Moonlight Can Do, Fine and Mellow) through her 1940s torch songs (My Man, I Cover the Waterfront) to her classics Don’t Explain and Lady Sings the Blues – and, of course, the chilling Strange Fruit.
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