The Appel Room
Cécile McLorin Salvant Sings Billie Holiday
Cécile McLorin Salvant has exploded on the jazz scene as a masterful interpreter of song, with a canny ability to select unique and rarely performed repertoire. The New York Times proclaims: “She radiates authority and delivers a set with almost a dramatic arc.” Salvant’s odes to her predecessors encompass organic assimilation and brave creativity. Such a skill set is necessary when taking on the music of Billie Holiday. Admittedly taken aback by Holiday during her initial introductions, the idiosyncratic giant of jazz later became one of Salvant’s primary inspirations. Her Mack Avenue debut CD, Womanchild, includes a grooving rendition of the Rodgers & Hart standard, “I Didn’t Know What Time It Was,” which Holiday famously recorded in the 1950s. As part of our Billie Holiday centennial celebration, Salvant delves further into her vast catalogue, with a performance that will surely ignite a renewed appreciation for “Lady Day.”
Free pre-concert discussion nightly, 6pm & 8:30pm.
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."