Billie Holiday: The Woman, Musician, & the Myth with Lewis Porter


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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 Porter, known worldwide as a leading jazz historian and pianist and an engaging teacher, will present his unpublished insights into Holiday’s life and music.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.


Lewis Porter, P.h.D. (Brandeis), is a pianist and composer on over 30 albums with Dave Liebman, John Patitucci, Terri Lyne Carrington, and many others. He has performed with Joe Lovano and Jerry Bergonzi, given two-piano concerts in Lexington with Vijay Iyer and with Ethan Iverson, and is a celebrated author, researcher, and educator, including a Grammy nomination. He has published many articles and seven books, the best-known being John Coltrane: His Life and Music. A long-time former music professor at Rutgers in Newark and at Tufts, he also served as a guest teacher throughout the USA and Europe. He also accepts private students worldwide online. Please follow him at and on Facebook.

Start Date: 02/06/21, 1 meeting
Class Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Day of Week: Saturday
Location: Zoom
Instructor: Lewis Porter, PhD.
Status: Running/Openings