Dr. Porter previously shared his extensive unpublished research on Holiday. Now, after a quick review of some of that info on Billie, he delves into the many singers who were influenced by her, beginning with Sinatra and moving on to Carmen McRae, who knew Billie in the late ‘30s, Abbey Lincoln, who was an under-recognized songwriter, and others. We will even watch some of Audra MacDonald’s one-woman show where she played Billie!
Dr. Lewis Porter is a celebrated and Grammy- nominated jazz pianist who has performed many times for Lexington Community Ed with noted stars. As an award-winning author and long-time professor at Tufts, Brandeis, and Rutgers, he is in demand everywhere for his entertaining and enlightening lectures. He is the author of John Coltrane: His Life and Music, the only Coltrane biography endorsed by John’s son, saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, as well as by Jimmy Heath, Dan Morgenstern, and many others. He is also the editor of the John Coltrane Reference, a big “day by day” listing.