You only have to hear a few sultry bars before your mind slips away to an after-hours New York City jazz club and you are mesmerized listening to one of the greatest jazz voices of all time - Billie H

You only have to hear a few sultry bars before your mind slips away to an after-hours New York City jazz club and you are mesmerized listening to one of the greatest jazz voices of all time - Billie H

Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong taking a break and fooling around during a Decca recording session, c. 1949

Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong taking a break and fooling around during a Decca recording session, c. 1949

With deep roots in both pop and classical music, Esperanza Spalding,30—bassist, bandleader,composer, and vocalist—is the breakout star of jazz’s second century. Photograph by Mark Seliger.

With deep roots in both pop and classical music, Esperanza Spalding,30—bassist, bandleader,composer, and vocalist—is the breakout star of jazz’s second century. Photograph by Mark Seliger.

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