Billie Holiday (born Eleanora Fagan, April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959) was an American jazz singer and songwriter. Nicknamed "Lady Day" by her friend and musical partner Lester Young, Holiday had a seminal influence on jazz and pop singing. Her vocal style, strongly inspired by jazz instrumentalists, pioneered a new way of manipulating phrasing and tempo.
RTF IV: Driven by the powerful engine of Chick Corea's keyboards, Stanley Clarke's bass and Lenny White's drums, along with bandleader legend and Mahavishnu Orchestra alum Jean-Luc Ponty on violin and fiery-fingered guitarist Frank Gambale — one word: EPIC.
Joining host Joe Zupan on Thursday promoting the RTF IV tour is Lenny White.
"The King of Treme" Shannon Powell is an American jazz and New Orleans jazz virtuoso drummer. He has toured internationally and played with Ellis Marsalis, Danny Barker, Willie Metcalf Jr., Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis & the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Diana Krall, Earl King, Dr. John, Marcus Roberts, John Scofield, Jason Marsalis, Leroy Jones, Nicholas Payton, and Donald Harrison Jr..
Vocalist and composer Tammy Scheffer makes her WICN debut this week on Jazz New England. Born in Belgium and raised in Israel, Tammy studied at NEC with the likes of Jerry Bergonzi and Dominique Eade before moving to Brooklyn to start her career. She's back in New England this week for a performance and stops by to join us on Jazz New England, Tuesday at 2 pm.
Five highly accomplished young players survived a year of ongoing competition. One will emerge with the Cole Porter Fellowship and $50,000. To conclude the rigorous finals, on this night at The Athenaeum in Indianapolis, each young man accompanies the great Dee Dee Bridgewater. High stakes produce spell-binding music.
Dee Dee Bridgewater and Janis Siegel sing the Ella Fitzgerald songbook, with a chart or two from the Fitzgerald collection at the Library of Congress and the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band, for one concert only at the Kennedy Center and now on JazzSet.
Dee Dee Bridgewater and altoist Grace Kelly (in her teens) join pianist Geri Allen, bassist Esperanza Spalding and drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, first for music by Mary Lou Williams (1910-1981), then for awesome jamming on "Cotton Tail and "All Blues, only on JazzSet.
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