Women in Jazz: In Tribute to Billie

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In 2015, we celebrated the 100th anniversary of Billie Holiday's birth. In 2020, the documentary Billie was released and now the flawed biopic The United States vs. Billie Holiday has come out. In the last several years, there have been significant tribute records by Dee Dee Bridgewater, Cassandra Wilson and José James. In addition, songs from Billie's repertoire have earned a permanent place in jazz performance, being represented on many recent releases. Interest in Billie Holiday has never been higher. As we continue to celebrate Women's History Month, a tribute to Billie Holiday in this hour of Jazz at 100 Today!


  • Host Intro 0:00
  • Cassandra Wilson Sextet "Don't Explain" from Coming Forth By Day (Legacy) 4:06
  • José James Quartet "God Bless The Child" from Yesterday I Had The Blues -The Music Of Billie Holiday (Blue Note) 8:39
  • Andy Bey Solo "Good Morning Heartache" from Pages From an Imaginary Life (High Note) 14:50
  • Cassandra Wilson Sextet "The Way You Look Tonight" from Coming Forth by Day (Legacy) 19:40
  • Host speaks 23:27
  • Mary Stallings Sextet with Daniel Sadownick "Lover Man" from Songs Were Made to Sing (Smoke Sessions) 25:51
  • José James Quartet "What A Little Moonlight Can Do" from Yesterday I Had The Blues -The Music Of Billie Holiday (Blue Note) 30:16
  • Dee Dee Bridgewater Quintet "Miss Brown To You" from Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959): To Billie With Love From Dee Dee (DDB Records) 35:52
  • Host speaks 38:04
  • Dee Dee Bridgewater -Christian McBride duo "Mother's Son-In-Law" from Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959): To Billie With Love From Dee Dee (DDB Records) 41:11
  • Jazzmeia Horn -Ben Williams duo "I Thought About You" from Love and Liberation (Concord Jazz) 43:55
  • Cassandra Wilson Septet "Billie's Blues" from Coming Forth By Day (Legacy) 47:43
  • José James solo "Strange Fruit" from Yesterday I Had The Blues -The Music Of Billie Holiday (Blue Note) 52:40
  • Host Outro 57:22

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