Celebrating Lady Day
At the centennial of Billie Holiday’s birth, we celebrate a jazz singer of monumental innovation. Holiday was an unapologetically organic artist, once stating: “I don’t sing novelty. The things that I sing have to do with me and my life. It has to have a meaning.” Vocalists Andy Bey, Molly Johnson, and Sarah Elizabeth Charles will perform repertoire such as ‘Don’t Explain,’ ‘You Go To My Head,’ and ‘Strange Fruit.’ This occasion will be the first time this trio shares one stage at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Bey is a GRAMMY® Award-nominated vocalist with a truly resonant sound and a pianist of ultra sensitivity, who has been recording as a leader for over 60 years. Juno Award winner Molly Johnson is one of Canada’s greatest musical voices, noted for her infectious on-stage energy. Sarah Elizabeth Charles is a rising star vocalist-composer quickly gaining acclaim. Charles participated in the 2009 Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Composers Residency and has collaborated with such jazz greats as George Cables. Her sophomore album, Inner Dialogue, will be released on March 24, 2015 on Truth Revolution Records. Representing three generations from varied regions, each of these artists is uniquely stimulated by the brilliance of Holiday. Joining Bey, Johnson, and Charles are music director and pianist Peter Martin, drummer Ulysses Owens, bassist Robert Hurst, and saxophonist Melissa Aldana.
Free pre-concert discussion nightly, 7pm.
Beginning at 6pm, enjoy live music and samples from the Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola menu. The Famous Grouse whisky will celebrate the era of Billie Holiday by offering tastings of shaken and stirred cocktails from 1930s recipes: "The Blood and Sand" and "The Affinity." Harlem Brewing Company will offer tastings of their Sugar Hill Golden Ale and Renaissance Wit, and Kings County Distillery will be on-site on Friday evening to offer samples of their award-winning whiskeys."