Billie Holiday: The Woman, Musician, & the Myth

Past Event

Prepare for a stimulating exploration of the many facets of this legendary singer. Dr. Porter, known worldwide as a leading jazz historian and pianist and an engaging teacher, will present his unpublished insights into Holiday’s life and music. Among the topics to be addressed:

Who were Billie’s formative influences?

What was her connection to the blues?

What was the impact of Strange Fruit on her career?

Billie as composer, lyricist, and bandleader—in rehearsal !

Billie in films and plays, including a new documentary and biopic.

Romanticizing Billie in literature for children and adults.

Her impact and legacy.



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