Exploring Billie’s Influence: Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dianne Reeves and Cassandra Wilson in Conversation with Christian McBride - 92Y, New York

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Billie Holiday: Reaching for the Moon—An Exploration and Celebration

Exploring Billie’s Influence

Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dianne Reeves and Cassandra Wilson in Conversation with Christian McBride
Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dianne Reeves, Cassandra Wilson and Christian McBride

Three of the reigning vocalists in jazz—NEA Jazz Masters Dee Dee Bridgewater and Dianne Reeves and Grammy Award winner Cassandra Wilson—join multiple Grammy-winning bassist and educator Christian McBride for an exploration of the musical and social influence of the incomparable Billie Holiday.

Singers from Frank Sinatra to Bob Dylan to Norah Jones have acknowledged Billie’s impact on their artistry. Bridgewater, Reeves and Wilson have gone further. Bridgewater paid tribute to Holiday in her 2009 album, Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959): To Billie with Love from Dee Dee Bridgewater (also featuring McBride), and later starred in the 2013 Off Broadway musical Lady Day. Reeves toured with a series of Billie Holiday Centennial concerts in 2015. And Wilson reimagined the Billie Holiday songbook in her acclaimed 2015 album, Coming Forth By Day. Don’t miss the chance to hear this fascinating discussion of Billie’s groundbreaking and risk-taking artistry and legacy from three of the most revered artists carrying her influence today.

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Dee Dee Bridgewater

Over the course of a multifaceted career spanning four decades, Grammy and Tony Award-winning Jazz giant Dee Dee Bridgewater …

Dianne Reeves

Five-time Grammy winner Dianne Reeves is the pre-eminent jazz vocalist in the world …

Cassandra Wilson

Cassandra Wilson is an American jazz musician, vocalist, songwriter, and producer from Jackson, Mississippi …

Christian McBride

It’s not simply his abundant virtuosity that has made Christian McBride the most in-demand bassist of his generation …

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