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Miss Ida Blue: A Billie Holiday Centennial at Joe's Pub NYC May 15
Miss Ida Blue celebrates the centennial of one of the leading queens of blues and jazz: Lady Day. Blue digs up original recordings from the 1930's as accompanied by Teddy Wilson's band, with star Lester Young on tenor saxophone. Mind you this will be no imitation...Ida will always be Ida, all the while loving Billie even more.
Playing the part of Teddy will be Grammy winning pianist Conal Fowkes (Woody Allen's Jazz Band, Danny Aiello), and the part of Lester Young played by Dan Block (HBO's Grammy winning Boardwalk Empire Orchestra), with Jon-Erik Kellso on trumpet, Jay Rattman on clarinet, John Gill on guitar, Brian Nalepka on string bass and Kevin Dorn on drums.
"For too many years, younger jazz singers all but ignored the blues. But the attention now being paid to the form by outstanding young artists such as Miss Ida Blue is proof that things are getting better. This vivacious young Brooklynite invests 80- and 90-year-old texts with the force and spirit of her own considerable charisma. She specializes in the great songs of the smith girls, not just the legendary bessie, but also the highly worthy mamie, clara and trixie." - Will Friedwald, Wall Street Journal
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