6/18/18 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Lady Sings The Blues (Big Ben) Plus Encore performance

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Lady Sings The Blues is the story of jazz singer Billie Holiday and is loosely based on her 1956 autobiography. The name of the film was taken from one of Holiday’s most popular songs.

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3/1/18 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY- CELEBRATING WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH: Billie Holiday – Strange Fruit

Strange Fruit a song performed most famously by Billie Holiday, who first sang and recorded it in 1939. Continue reading

10/29/17 O&A NYC SUNDAY AFTERNOON JAZZ CONCERT: Queens of Jazz- The Joy and Pain of the Jazz Divas


Queens of Jazz: The Joy and Pain of the Jazz Divas featuring Sara Vaughan, Nina Simone, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and more.  Continue reading

9/24/17 O&A NYC SUNDAY AFTERNOON JAZZ CONCERT: Dee Dee Sings Billie- North Sea Jazz Festival



Dee Dee Bridgewater performs three songs made famous by Jazz icon Billie Holiday live at North Sea Jazz Festival (July 10, 2010).  

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8/7/17 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Billie Holiday her songs from the film New Orleans

Billie Holiday in the 1947 film New Orleans. This video contains Holiday’s songs only- Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans (two versions), Farewell To Storyville, and The Blues Are Brewin’. Continue reading

4/25/17 O&A NYC DANCE: Rosa Mae- Charmaine Hunter and Me

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Charmaine Hunter, former Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) principal dancer, was in New York City this weekend for the New York season of DTH. We had a chance to talk and the conversation turned to the time we danced together with the Nanette Bearden Contemporary Dance Theatre.  Continue reading

3/6/17 O&A NYC CELEBRATING WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH- SONG OF THE DAY: Billie Holiday – God Bless The Child


In her autobiography Lady Sings the Blues Billie Holiday indicated an argument with her mother over money led to the song.

She states that during the argument her mother said “God bless the child that’s got his own.” The anger over the incident led her to turn that line into a starting point for a song, which she worked out in conjunction with Herzog

Billie Holiday – God Bless The Child 

2/2/17 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Billie Holiday – Strange Fruit

Strange Fruit a song performed most famously by Billie Holiday, who first sang and recorded it in 1939. Continue reading

1/29/17 O&A NYC SUNDAY AFTERNOON JAZZ CONCERT: Jazz Divas- Sarah Vaughan, Lena Horne, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Dorothy Dandridge


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Jazz Divas shares rare performances by Sarah Vaughan, Lena Horne, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Dorothy Dandridge.  Continue reading

2/17/16 O&A NYC BLACK HISTORY MONTH THROWBACK THURSDAY: Billie Holiday – Strange Fruit

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Billie Holiday’s Strange Fruit is the original Black Live Matters anthem. This is rare live footage of one of the first anti racism songs.  Continue reading