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Billie Holiday

Theater: 'Lady Day' Sings; Steven Soderbergh Slips

Michael Giltz | Posted 04.17.2014 | Arts
Michael Giltz

Audra McDonald? Playing the role of Billie Holiday? Like the rest of the theater world, that struck me as the most bizarre, unlikely casting I'd heard of since Bernadette Peters was playing Annie Oakley.

"Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill" Breaks Broadway Barrier and Breathes New Life Into Cautionary Tale

Steve Schonberg | Posted 04.16.2014 | Arts
Steve Schonberg

If you stopped a theater director or producer on the street right now and asked them where to find innovation in theater today, they wouldn't direct you to Broadway. No, they'd point you downtown.

8 Style And Beauty Lessons We Learned From Billie Holiday

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 04.07.2014 | Black Voices

Today marks what would have been Billie Holiday's 99th birthday. It's hard to believe the legendary songstress who gave us iconic hits like "Strange F...

An African-American Heritage Tour Complements LA's Pan African Film Festival

Dwight Brown | Posted 02.19.2014 | Los Angeles
Dwight Brown

The 22nd annual Pan African Film Festival, a cornerstone of Black History Month in Los Angeles, opens the door to LA's thriving black community.

PHOTOS: 15 Stars Who Started Their Careers At The Apollo

Posted 02.10.2014 | Black Voices

The world famous Apollo Theater is an iconic landmark that has been credited with launching a plethora of black entertainers' careers through the year...

Harlem's Apollo Theater Celebrates 80th Anniversary

Ted Fox | Posted 03.28.2014 | New York
Ted Fox

At a time when "downtown" white venues were off limits to blacks, the Apollo certified success for African-American performers. And it has been at the forefront of the latest trends in the black community.

The Enduring Legacy of Stevie Ray Vaughan

Bill_Robinson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Bill_Robinson

With all supporting artists playing two or three SRV songs, this concert was a great cross-section of different artists and different styles interpreting Stevie Ray's music.

Theater: Zachary Quinto In Fragile Glass; Dee Dee Bridgewater In Cloudy Day

Michael Giltz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Despite glowing reviews from its out of town tryout, a stellar cast and a great play, I was not transported by the performance I caught of The Glass Menagerie. I blame the New York Yankees and the raves.

Stage Door: Lady Day

Fern Siegel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Part memoir, part concert, Lady Day captures jazz great Billie Holiday. Thanks to the amazing Dee Dee Bridgewater, who channels Holiday's unique phrasing and intonation, audiences meet the singer in London in 1954, as she ends her European concert tour.

Tony Award Winner Returns To New York For 'Demanding Role'

AP | CHARLES J. GANS | Posted 12.07.2013 | Black Voices

NEW YORK -- NEW YORK (AP) — Dee Dee Bridgewater might have been a Broadway star were she not so successful as a jazz singer. She won a Tony Award in...

Lady Day Lives

Josh Getlin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Josh Getlin

When Dee Dee Bridgewater launched the London run of Lady Day, her 1987 musical drama about Billie Holiday's bid for a late-career comeback, she got an audience reaction both gratifying and surreal.

Amy Winehouse Is Gone. Beth Hart Is Here, Loud and Triumphant

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 11.11.2013 | Entertainment
Jesse Kornbluth

In past CDs, Beth Hart has channeled Joplin, Aretha, Etta, Billie Holiday, Otis Redding. On this one, in her notes, she also acknowledges "the great Amy Winehouse."

Which Song Had The Most Impact On Black Culture?

Posted 06.06.2013 | Black Voices

There's no doubt that music is a form of self-expression. And many artists not only use the recording booth as a hit-making platform, but also as a me...

Dog Ears Music: Born in April Playlist

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 06.19.2013 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

Jimmy Cliff Song: Sitting in Limbo Album: Anthology Genre: Reggae Buy: iTunes.com Don Gibson Song: Give Myself a P...

No One Did Ladylike Like Lady Day

The Huffington Post | Dana Oliver | Posted 04.08.2013 | Style

Billie Holiday's short life may have been marred by a tumultuous upbringing and drug addiction, but when she stepped into the spotlight her image was ...

Tony Award Winner Set To Portray Billie Holiday

Playbill | Posted 03.19.2013 | Black Voices

Tony and multiple Grammy Award winner Dee Dee Bridgewater will portray the late, legendary jazz artist Billie Holiday in the celebrated play-with-musi...

Alexis Rogers Captivates as Billie Holiday in Porchlight's Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill

Robert Bullen | Posted 04.09.2013 | Chicago
Robert Bullen

In Porchlight's seductive and sobering production of Lanie Robertson's Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill, the moment Alexis J. Rogers makes her reluctant entrance, drink in hand, you know you're in for a turbulent ride.

Whitney Houston's Pained and Persistent Dignity Sparkles on "His Eye Is on the Sparrow"

Wayne Trujillo | Posted 08.20.2012 | Denver
Wayne Trujillo

With Sparkle and "His Eye Is on the Sparrow," Whitney Houston may not have regained her voice, but she reclaimed her gospel youth, her class and an appearance of pained but persistent dignity.

Sit Back For A Soulful Evening

fea | Posted 03.23.2012 | Detroit

With Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin's birthday coming up this Sunday, the time is ripe to honor standout African-American women vocalists from the last...

John Mayer & Martin Guitar: Chats With Chris Martin & Fred Greene, Plus Chatting With Alyssa Graham (Video Exclusives)

Mike Ragogna | Posted 03.25.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Here Fred Greene goes into Martin's new John Mayer Signature Guitar and explains what it is that separates it from all others.

Antony Bitar's Holiday Download, Chatting with Gary Clark Jr. and Macedo, Plus a James Mee Anthem

Mike Ragogna | Posted 02.19.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Antony Bitar released his self-titled debut album in September, and his rendition of the Christmas classic "Silent Night" is a special gift that Antony is giving to Huffington Post readers for the holidays.

Inspiration -- Old & New

Juanita MORE! | Posted 01.04.2012 | San Francisco
Juanita MORE!

Inspiration can be found amongst those whom we encounter in our own lives. Bevan Dufty is one such individual, someone who I have been fortunate to call a friend and inspiration for many years.

First Nighter: The Great Barbara Carroll Even Greater at the Algonquin's Oak Room

David Finkle | Posted 11.19.2011 | Entertainment
David Finkle

In her mid-80s, Barbara Carroll's still doing what she does best and what few others even begin to do as well as. Nowadays she does it more regularly at the Oak Room, where management is wise enough to turn the paneled room over to her every Sunday brunch.

Everything, Everytime, Everywhere, Mayhem and Beyond: Chatting with Imelda May, Trevor Hall and Motopony

Mike Ragogna | Posted 10.18.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

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Return To Return To Forever: Chatting With Chick Corea and Stanley Clarke, Plus John Common and Author Dr. Tony Youn

Mike Ragogna | Posted 08.09.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Chick Corea's new album, Forever, is a two-disc set, with the first disc being acoustic, and the second disc with a full band and guests. For the first disc, I asked him if it was a return to Return To Forever.