Tonight, Tuesday, February 16, Ballet with Billie Holiday!
Tonight, Tuesday, February 16, we are teaching Ballet with Billie Holiday!!
We originally taught this class on August 25, 2020.
Due to some unforeseen technical difficulties, we were not able to record the class. So, we are bringing it back tonight!
Billie Holiday, My Man
We'll use original versions of Billie Holiday songs for our Intermediate Ballet Class, 7-8 pm Eastern time. You can also use the recorded version at a time that's convenient for you. 🙂
We’ll be using Zoom for this class, because Facebook doesn’t like when we do this. 🙂
Just send us a message if you want to join us!
Invite a friend to take our class for the first time, and you will get a free class!
Billie Holiday - Don't Explain (Live 1958)
It is going to be a fun class, so join us!
Billie Holiday & Louis Armstrong - New Orleans
"Eleanora Fagan (April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959), known professionally as Billie Holiday, was an American jazz and swing music singer with a career spanning 26 years. Nicknamed "Lady Day" by her friend and music partner Lester Young, Holiday had an innovative influence on jazz music and pop singing. Her vocal style, strongly inspired by jazz instrumentalists, pioneered a new way of manipulating phrasing and tempo. She was known for her vocal delivery and improvisational skills.
After a turbulent childhood, Holiday began singing in nightclubs in Harlem, where she was heard by producer John Hammond, who commended her voice. She signed a recording contract with Brunswick in 1935. Collaborations with Teddy Wilson yielded the hit "What a Little Moonlight Can Do", which became a jazz standard. Throughout the 1930s and 1940s, Holiday had mainstream success on labels such as Columbia and Decca. By the late 1940s, however, she was beset with legal troubles and drug abuse. After a short prison sentence, she performed at a sold-out concert at Carnegie Hall, but her reputation deteriorated because of her drug and alcohol problems.
She was a successful concert performer throughout the 1950s with two further sold-out shows at Carnegie Hall. Because of personal struggles and an altered voice, her final recordings were met with mixed reaction but were mild commercial successes. Her final album, Lady in Satin, was released in 1958. Holiday died of cirrhosis on July 17, 1959 at age 44. She won four Grammy Awards, all of them posthumously, for Best Historical Album. She was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1973. Lady Sings the Blues, a film about her life, starring Diana Ross, was released in 1972. She is the primary character in the play (later made into a film) Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill; the role was originated by Reenie Upchurch in 1986 and was played by Audra McDonald on Broadway and in the film. In 2017, Holiday was inducted into the National Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame." --Wikipedia
Billie Holiday - Fine And Mellow (Live CBS Studios 1957)