CLASSIC GIG POSTER: BILLIE HOLIDAY

Billie Holiday 1958 Handbill Front webIt wasn’t until I heard the voice of Billie Holiday that I understood how a voice could be as powerful as Miles Davis’ horn.  From a young age, a few influential folks I knew force-fed me Miles Davis until I couldn’t help but absolutely love his work.  To those folks, I am in your debt.  Jazz music has helped me appreciate every other kind of music that much more.  The way Davis could rip me apart with that horn proved to me that I had a passion for music that I didn’t need to understand.  Well, the voice of Billie Holiday does the same thing to me.  That smokey, round power in her voice lifts me above the ground like no intoxicant could ever do.  For lack of a better term, her voice gets me high.  I feel shivers through my bones and tingles on my skin when she sings.  She is possibly the greatest voice I’ve ever heard. To see her perform live would have been more than I could handle. – FATS

ALL OF ME by BILLIE HOLIDAY