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Charts of Elegance

When the subjects of jazz and jazz history are discussed, the focus is often on the contributions of male artists. This column is a celebration of the female voice, both vocal and instrumental, who have contributed to jazz historically as well as in present-day.


The Timeless Voice Of Billie Holiday

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The name Billie Holiday seems indelibly linked with jazz. Her vocal quality and style were unique and masterful, and her work helped to define the genre. Modern jazz musicians and vocalists earn their chops from refining their performance of standards and many of these were recorded and performed for the first time by Holiday. She was also a pioneer in civil rights activism through protest song performance. By her own account, she was a vocalist who needed a ...