Jazz Curators | Lady Day – The Blues and Music of Billie Holiday
Excited to bring the program to Rapid City!
The JAS Quintet is joined by special guest Jami Lynn to explore the life and music of Billie Holiday. Hosted by Katrina Lehr-McKinney, we will discuss the life and blues, and play the music, of the iconic Lady Day.
Billie Holiday, was an American jazz singer with a career spanning nearly thirty years. Nicknamed "Lady Day" by her friend and music partner Lester Young, Holiday had a seminal 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, which made up for her limited range and lack of formal music education.
The Jazz Curators series is dedicated to exploring the life, music, and history of the acclaimed jazz masters. The ensembles include musicians from the widely respected JAS Quintet, along with other premiere regional musicians, performing authentic takes on the master’s music while also sharing stories about the featured artist’s life and influence.
Tickets: $25 non-members | $20 RCAC members | $10 students with ID. Purchase at thedahl.org/tickets