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Cassandra Wilson Says 'Happy 100th, Lady Day'

Michael Sigman | Posted 04.07.2015 | Fifty
Michael Sigman

Of the many tributes to Billie Holiday's 100th birthday today (April 7), the most compelling I've heard is Cassandra Wilson's Sony Legacy album Coming Forth By Day, a strange, atmospheric brew produced by Nick Launay (whose credits include music by Nick Cave and Arcade Fire) with shimmering string arrangements by the incomparable Van Dyke Parks.

Why Quibble? The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess Revived on Broadway

Regina Weinreich | Posted 04.02.2012 | Home
Regina Weinreich

A controversy over whether or not the original 1935 opera Porgy and Bess can work clouds over what should be a celebration. Filled with perhaps the most well-known lyrics in the American songbook, Porgy and Bess in any variation is welcome.