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First Nighter: Dee Dee Bridgewater Is Billie Holiday in Lady Day; Clint Holmes Is Himself in Stop This Train

David Finkle | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Sometime in the winter of 1958, I had the chance to hear Billie Holiday on her closing night at Boston's venerated Storyville. For reasons I can't recall, I chose not to go. She died less than a year later, at 44, and that was that for me and Billie Holiday live.

First Nighter: Cy Coleman's Best is Yet to Come is Here Now at 59E59 Theaters

David Finkle | Posted 07.27.2011 | Arts
David Finkle

The best is yet to come? Not this time. It's already here as it deliciously unfolds by way of singers Sally Mayes, Lillias White and Rachel York.

Easy Listener: Why You Should Know Singer Joyce Breach

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Finkle

There's a world-class pop singer you may not know about but absolutely should. She's Joyce Breach, who's been hiding her mellow light under lucky urban bushes.

Dylan's New Album: It's a Passport Photo

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Bob Dylan's moved on. His albums aren't transformational events anymore. Nowadays they're celebrations and echoes of the everyday working lives of a dying generation of American roadhouse musicians.