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Jazz Room Melissa Morgan Sings Billie Holiday
Oct 15 - 16, 2021 • Stage Door Theater
New York vocalist Melissa Morgan, known for her gritty, retro vibe that’s evocative of classic jazz stylings of the past, reimagines ‘Lady Day’, one of her greatest influences.
The JAZZ ROOM provides a casual and intimate setting with tables and a full bar, reminiscent of the classic jazz rooms of yesteryear.
Billie Holiday: Billie was nicknamed Lady Day by her friend and musical partner Lester Young. Her vocal style, strongly inspired by jazz instrumentalists and great improvisational skill, pioneered a new way of manipulating phrasing and tempo – she changed the way jazz is sung forever. Her versions of “Easy Living” and “What A Little Moonlight Can Do,” recorded with Teddy Wilson are classics. And with “Strange Fruit,” she made a powerful statement on Civil Rights. She has been inducted to both the Grammy Hall of Fame and the National Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame.
Melissa Morgan: Morgan has been a regular performer at some of New York's top jazz room such as Cleopatra's Needle, Flute, G Bar, Smalls, Smoke and St. Nick's Pub. She has appeared with her own trio as well as other artists including Harold Mabern, David Hazeltine, and Sam Yahel. In 2001 she was featured in performances with Jon Faddis and the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Stars at the Blue Note in New York. She performed at the New York Women of Jazz Festival in 2002 at Smoke jazz club. She has cited Billie Holiday as one of the people who influenced her, and she will be sharing her interpretations of Lady Day’s music with us.