John Alcorn

The Billie Holiday Songbook

Next Wednesday, October 17, we’re beginning a little detour into the songbooks of iconic interpreters of song. First up is one of my personal heroes and everlasting inspiration, Billie Holiday aka Lady Day. We hope that you’ll join us at The Flying Beaver Pubaret as Reg Schwager (guitar), Steve Wallace (bass) and I explore the songs that Ms. Holiday “owned”, either through her unforgettable – and often definitive – interpretations or through actual creation (yes, she was a gifted songwriter too).


Billie Holiday (1915-1959) had a formative influence on jazz and pop singing.

Her vocal style, strongly influenced by jazz instrumentalists, pioneered a new way of manipulating phrasing and tempo in such songs as Crazy He Calls Me, Solitude, Strange Fruit, Them There Eyes and God Bless The Child.

Here’s Billie singing Autumn In New York, with Oscar Peterson at the piano (1952):

6:30PM – Doors Open
7:30PM – Performance Begins

$15.00 adv/$20.00 door
*Dinner reservations get priority seating*

Dinner available, before, during, and after the show.


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