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    Billie Holiday in concert in Britain, 1954. Her later performances of Strange Fruit could be agonising to watch. Photograph: Charles H Hewit...

    Billie Holiday in the spotlight during a performance in 1954. Photograph courtesy Charles Hewitt/Getty.

    Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday, 1940s via croonersandsongbirds:

    Drummer Art Blakey, father of "hard bop" jazz style. His band The Jazz Messengers was tops.

    Billie Holiday - Strange Fruit

    Billie Holiday-Strange Fruit - If you have never heard Billie sing this song, you are missing something special.

    "Music is your experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn." - Charlie Parker

    Billie Holiday

    Coltrane

    Stan Getz. "The Sound" Major improvising talent.

    Billie Holiday

    Billie Holiday, The Tiffany Club, Los Angeles, 1951 • Photographed by Bob Willoughby

    Billie Holiday

    Billie Holiday, 1946

    i never looked back, but it stayed in a corner of my mind

    Billie Holiday

    jazz

    Billie Holiday

    Billie Holiday Poster. Lady Day Sings the Blues by UncleGertrudes,

    Billie Holiday

    the incomparable Billie Holiday