Jazz Singers that Little Girls Can Look Up To

Jazz Singers That Little Girls Can Look Up To by Lila Gilliam Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Nina Simone were just a few of the women that the Jazz era produced. Up until this era of music, women typically had to take the backseat and perform as supplemental characters to the men they performed with.  […]

Billie Holiday: A Force to be Reckoned With

Born Eleanora Fagan on April 7, 1915, Billie Holiday is a Philadelphia native although some may argue her birthplace as Baltimore, Maryland.  Her mother had her as a teenager and her father who is believed to be Clarence Holiday, also a successful jazz musician, was absent. The lack of a stable home landed Holiday in […]

Billie “Lady Day” Holiday

Thesis Billie Holiday, also known as Lady Day, lived a life of great trial and triumph as she graced the world with her moving vocals, hard-hitting delivery, and soul-touching lyrics. On many occasions, Holiday’s story is misconstrued as one of only beauty and excellence while others solely paint it as one of pain and misfortune. […]