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Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday—“Lady Day”—is the preeminent female jazz vocalist. From her artistic heyday in the mid-1930s through the following two decades of misfortune and drug addiction, Holiday continually rewrote the rules for jazz singing. Her voice was distinguished neither by power nor tonal beauty but by a superb, unerring ability to improvise melodic lines from the framework of standard songs; to subtly twist rhythm and expertly manipulate melody in order to personalize every song she sang.

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