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Cassandra Wilson Will Perform “Coming Forth by Day: A Celebration of Billie Holiday” on April 4th

Cassandra Wilson will celebrate jazz singer and songwriter Billie Holiday in "Coming Forth by Day" at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 4th, at The Carolina Theatre of Durham (photo by Mark Seliger)

Cassandra Wilson will celebrate jazz singer and songwriter Billie Holiday in “Coming Forth by Day” at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 4th, at The Carolina Theatre of Durham (photo by Mark Seliger)

Grammy Award-winning 59-year-old Jackson, MS-born jazz vocalist, musician, songwriter and producer Cassandra Wilsonwill perform Coming Forth by Day: A Celebration of Billie Holiday, at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 4th, at The Carolina Theatre of Durham, as part of the Duke Performances series.

According to Duke Performances:

Cassandra Wilson, perhaps the greatest living jazz singer, comes to The Carolina Theatre to offer a special tribute concert to Billie Holiday on the centennial of ‘Lady Day’s’ birth. Wilson has the goods to honor Holiday: Time Magazine recognized her as ‘America’s best singer’ and ‘the true heir of Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan.’

The New York Times noted approvingly that Wilson possesses ‘a contralto as rich and as supple as vintage leather,’ with a distinctive ‘earthy majesty.’ The BBC went further in describing her spectacular voice: ‘husky yet smooth, like sand mixed with honey, it’s sophisticated, wise, and sexy all at the same time, and seems to plug right in to the history of black American music.'”

On her website Cassandra Wilson writes:

Coming Forth by Day is an homage dedicated to the beauty, power, and genius of Billie Holiday. It is a vehicle for the re-emergence of her songbook in the 21st century. Inspired by the Kemetic texts that give guidance through the afterlife, Coming Forth by Day is a collection of musical spells, prescriptions for navigating the myths surrounding her life and times. With Coming Forth by Day, we offer the listener interpretations of iconic songs associated with this incomparable, charismatic, and revolutionary tone master.

“There are 11 covers included in this project. Each one is unique and tells its own story. The 12th and last song is called ‘Last Song for Lester Young,’ a piece based on the events surrounding the funeral of her long-time companion, Lester Young. After hearing of Lester’s passing while touring in Europe, Billie immediately flew home to the States to attend his funeral. She wanted to sing a song for him as a final farewell. Unfortunately, Lester’s family, for whatever reason, denied Billie the opportunity to sing. She was devastated. Our ‘Last Song for Lester Young’ fills the void and fulfills Lady Day’s fervent wish to express the significance of their eternal union.”

Duke Performances presents Cassandra Wilson in COMING FORTH BY DAY: A CELEBRATION OF BILLIE HOLIDAY at 8:30 p.m. April 4 in Fletcher Hall at The Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan, St., Durham, North Carolina 27701.

TICKETS: $45-$65, except $10 for Duke students (telephone 919-684-4444 click or here).

BOX OFFICE:

Ticketmaster: 800-745-3000 or http://www.ticketmaster.com/venueartist/114779/738033.

SHOW: http://dukeperformances.duke.edu/calendar/cassandra-wilson-%E2%80%A2-coming-forth-day-celebration-billie-holiday, http://www.carolinatheatre.org/events/cassandra-wilson, https://www.facebook.com/events/1466652213587289/, and https://www.facebook.com/events/1511948625687835/.

VIDEO PREVIEW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vxX5tZ1Rgo.

PRESENTER: http://dukeperformances.duke.edu/, https://www.facebook.com/dukeperformances, and https://twitter.com/DukePerformance.

VENUE: http://www.carolinatheatre.org/, https://www.facebook.com/CarolinaTheatreDurham, and https://twitter.com/CarolinaDurham.

DIRECTIONS/PARKING: http://www.carolinatheatre.org/directions.

OTHER LINKS:

Cassandra Wilson (jazz vocalist and musician, born in 1955 in Jackson, MS): http://www.cassandrawilson.com/ (official website), http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0933147/ (Internet Movie Database), https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cassandra-Wilson/361569243871752 (Facebook Page), https://twitter.com/reallycassandra (Twitter page), and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cassandra_Wilson (Wikipedia).

Billie Holiday (nee Eleanora Fagan, Baltimore, MD-born jazz singer, 1915-59): http://www.billieholiday.com/ (official website), http://ibdb.com/person.php?id=45383 (Internet Broadway Database), http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0390507/ (Internet Movie Database), and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billie_Holiday (Wikipedia).

EDITOR’S NOTE:

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