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Billie Holiday at Carnegie HallBuy tickets
This show has been rescheduled from 16 Jul 2020 owing to our closure during the coronavirus outbreak. The new date is 12 Nov 2020.
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Inspired by the legendary 1956 concert at which Billie’s music was accompanied by extracts from her autobiography Lady Sings the Blues, David McAlmont gives his unique interpretations of the Lady Day catalogue while quoting from her extraordinary life story.
With a band led by pianist/MD Alex Webb, the show includes many of the most well-known Holiday songs, ranging from the optimism of her 1930s work (What A Little Moonlight Can Do, Fine And Mellow) through her 1940s Torch songs (My Man, I Cover The Waterfront) to her self-penned classics Don’t Explain and Lady Sings The Blues – and many more.
Holiday’s memoir Lady Sings the Blues remains a unique document. The New York Herald Tribune called it, ‘One of the most candid self-portraits ever painted on a typewriter’, and it retains the power to shock and intrigue more than half a century later.
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‘Very probably the finest singing voice I’ve ever heard, he was also spookily, unnervingly like Holiday… It was as if he has somehow channeled her spirit.’