Lady Day @ 100: On the Next All This Jazz, Remembering Billie Holiday a Century After Her Birth

Apr 10, 2015

Hope you can catch the next All This Jazz, right here on Public Radio 89.5 (KWGS-FM). Our show begins at 10pm on Saturday the 11th, and it's also conveyed via live stream at PublicRadioTulsa.org.

For those unfamiliar: ATJ airs every Saturday night on Public Radio 89.5, from 10pm till midnight. We always thereafter offer a 7pm re-airing of the program on the following Sunday evening, on Jazz 89.5-2, which is our station's all-jazz HD Radio channel.

Each week, we spin modern jazz, both recent and classic, across a range of styles -- from Mose Allison and Louis Armstrong to John Zorn and Joe Zawinul. Plus, the second half of our two-hour show, beginning at 11pm, invariably carries a theme.

This time out, that theme will be Remembering Billie Holiday. The immortal jazz singer was born 100 years ago this week -- she was born Eleanora Harris on April 7th, 1915 -- and clearly, even though she died in 1959, her vast influence and legendary stature in jazz remain undeniable. We'll hear music from Holiday herself, of course, as well as jazz standards strongly associated with her and tunes that've been written in her honor over the years. We'll also hear cuts from two recently released Billie Holiday tribute albums: "Coming Forth by Day" (Sony/Legacy) by Cassandra Wilson and "Yesterday I Had the Blues" (Blue Note) by Jose James.

Join us, jazz fans. All This Jazz is "all you." And thanks.

PS: The latest playlist data for our radio show can be found here...and the ever so likable ATJ Facebook page is situated hereabouts.