Billie Holiday | Legends of Jazz  Billie Holiday (nicknamed Lady Day) was 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. Above all, she was admired for her deeply personal and intimate approach to singing.    She co-wrote only a few songs, but several of them have become jazz standards, notably "God Bless the Child", "Don't Explain", and "Lady Sings the Blues". She also became…

Billie Holiday | Legends of Jazz Billie Holiday (nicknamed Lady Day) was 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. Above all, she was admired for her deeply personal and intimate approach to singing. She co-wrote only a few songs, but several of them have become jazz standards, notably "God Bless the Child", "Don't Explain", and "Lady Sings the Blues". She also became…

Ella Fitzgerald :: "She brings out the best in everybody, making everyone work…

Ella Fitzgerald :: "She brings out the best in everybody, making everyone work…

Billie Holiday at the Downbeat Club in New York City, 1947, photo by William Gottlieb

Billie Holiday at the Downbeat Club in New York...

Billie Holiday at the Downbeat Club in New York City, 1947, photo by William Gottlieb

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