Opera MS: LADY SINGS THE BLUES - A TRIBUTE TO BILLIE HOLIDAY

June 20, 2022 @ 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM

Duling Hall

622 Duling Avenue
Jackson, MS 39216

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Opera MS: LADY SINGS THE BLUES - A TRIBUTE TO BILLIE HOLIDAY

Duling Hall

622 Duling Avenue
Jackson, MS 39216

Overview

This tribute concert Features Rhonda Richmond, one of Jackson’s most outstanding jazz singers and celebrates the extraordinary music of Billie Holiday, one of America’s most memorable jazz vocalists.

Billie Holiday (1915-1959), had a performing career that lasted almost 30 years. Nicknamed "Lady Day,” she has had a powerful and lasting influence on jazz and popular singers such as Mariah Carey, Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone, Frank Sinatra, 2pac, Diana Ross, Alicia Keys and many more. Her vocal style, inspired by jazz instrumentalists, pioneered a new way of singing, and she was known for her distinctive voice and improvisational ability. Life magazine wrote, "She has the most distinct style of any popular vocalist and is imitated by other vocalists. She is known for her recordings of almost 60 hit songs such as “Ain’t Nobody’s Business,” “Don’t Explain,” “Billie’s Blues,”, “Lady Sings the Blues,” and her most famous song that she co-wrote, “God Bless the Child.”

Holiday has been admired by many celebrity musicians. Frank Sinatra said, “It is Billie Holiday who was, and still remains, the greatest single musical influence on me.” She received numerous honors, tributes by musical artists, and magazine awards in her lifetime, and she would go on to be nominated for 23 posthumous Grammy awards! In 1985 Baltimore, Maryland erected a statue of her, and in 2019, it was announced that New York City would build a statue honoring Billie Holiday near Queens Borough Hall.

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