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Audra Mcdonald To Make West End Debut In Billie Holiday Play

The Private Practice star won a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play in 2014 for her portrayal of the singer in the Broadway production, which focuses on...

Jazz Star Don Rendell Dies

The saxophonist, who was born in Plymouth, England, passed away on 20 October (15) after a short illness. Rendell began his career as a teenager playing on U.S. army bases during World...

Billie Holiday To Perform At The Apollo Theater... As A Hologram

The late jazz singer Billie Holiday is to be brought back to life on the stage via hologram technology. The owners of the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York City, have announced that their venue...

Billie Holiday Returning To New York's Apollo Theater In Hologram Form

Bosses at the Harlem venue where the tragic singer made her stage debut at the age of 19 have announced plans to work with creatives at Hologram USA to develop the likeness of...

Billie Holiday And The Roots To Be Inducted Into Philadelphia Music Walk Of Fame

This autumn (15), the two Philadelphia music staples will be inducted to the Walk of Fame, and will also be feted at a celebratory gala. In addition to jazz legend Holiday and...

Billie Holiday To Be Inducted Into Apollo Theater's Walk Of Fame To Mark 100th Birthday

Late jazz icon Billie Holiday will be inducted into New York's fabled Apollo Theater's Walk of Fame next month (Apr15) on the eve of her 100th birthday.The legendary God Bless the Child star would have...

Nick Cannon Dating Again?

Nick Cannon has sparked rumours he's dating again.The 'America's Got Talent' host only announced he'd separated from his wife Mariah Carey in July, but he's wasted no time getting back into the single lifestyle as...

Annie Lennox Announces New Album

Annie Lennox has announced her new album will be released this year.The 59-year-old singer will unveil her seventh solo LP entitled 'Nostalgia' in October this year.The record will feature a collection of Annie's takes on...

Lana Del Rey Is Inspired By Courtney Love

Lana Del Rey is inspired by Courtney Love.The 'Summertime Sadness' hitmaker has always looked up to the Hole frontwoman and rock 'n' roll legend, so feels proud to count her among her friends these days.She...

Lana Del Rey's Tattoos Cure Her Lonliness

Lana Del Rey's tattoos help her feel less lonely.The 'Born To Die' singer has revealed she recently got 'Nina & Billie' inked across her chest because having the names of her jazz influences and favourite...

Bryan Cranston Wins First Tony Award

Bryan Cranston has won a Tony Award for his Broadway debut.The 'Breaking Bad' star picked up Best Lead Actor in a Play for his role as former President Lyndon B. Johnson in Robert Schenkkan's 'All...

Shakira Is A Fan Of Coldplay

Shakira is a fan of Coldplay. The 'Can't Remember To Forget You' singer, who has been inspired by stars of the past, including Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald, also loves listening to Coldplay, in particular...

Audra Mcdonald To Sing The Blues As Billie Holiday

Tony Award-winning actress/singer Audra Mcdonald is heading back to Broadway to sing the blues as jazz icon Billie Holiday.The Private Practice star will headline the Lanie Robertson play Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill,...

Alexandra Burke To Sing The Blues For Royal Albert Hall Residency

British pop star Alexandra Burke is set to channel blues legend Billie Holiday for a series of special shows at London's Royal Albert Hall.The Bad Boys hitmaker is set to perform the soundtrack from 1972...

Alexandra Burke Working On Gospel Sound

Alexandra Burke will have a ''gospel, spiritual sound'' to her new album.The 'Hallelujah' singer has been recording at her home studio in London and flying to the US to work on her third record, and...

Lady Gaga Demanded Mannequin On Tour Rider

Lady Gaga demanded a ''mannequin with puffy pink hair'' on her tour rider.The eccentric 'Bad Romance' singer has made a number of unusual requests for items tour venues must supply her ahead of shows including...

Pete Doherty: I'd Planned To Record With Amy

Amy Winehouse had planned to record songs with Pete Doherty before her death. The 'Back to Black' singer was close friends with the former Libertines rocker, and before her untimely death from accidental alcohol poisoning...

Bjork Picky About Covers

Bjork will only let certain people cover her songs.The 'Mutual Core' singer chooses artists she thinks will do a fresh take on her tracks to record their own versions.She said: ''I'm in a protected situation....

Norah Jones Inspired By Elvis

Norah Jones says everyone should visit Elvis Presley's Graceland home at least once in their lives for inspiration.The 33-year-old musician is a huge fan of the late 'King of Rock 'n' Roll' and going to...

Tony Bennett: 'Amy Winehouse Was As Good As Fitzgerald And Holiday'

Tony Bennett will always mourn the loss of Amy Winehouse as working with her convinced him she was as talented as Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday.The British singer died in July (11) and her last...

Top Female Artists Honoured In Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Exhibition

LADY GAGA, ARETHA FRANKLIN and BILLIE HOLIDAY will be among the stars honoured at the world's first exhibit devoted entirely to the most influential female artists of all time.The Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power...

Alexander Mcqueen's Death Connection

Bjork thinks Alexander McQueen had a "connection" with death. The 40-year-old British designer - real name Lee McQueen - took his own life on the eve of his mother's funeral in February and the Icelandic...

Jazz Singer Abbey Lincoln Has Died Aged 80

The influential jazz singer and songwriter ABBEY LINCOLN has died aged 80. Lincoln - who was born in Chicago, Illinois - had a long and distinguished career, and continued to perform until the time of...

Hudson To Play Billie Holiday In Lady Sings The Blues Revamp?

Oscar winner JENNIFER HUDSON is the favourite to bring jazz and blues legend BILLIE HOLIDAY back to life on the big screen - and it's all thanks to New York columnist LIZ SMITH. The gossip...

Jazz Journalist Balliett Dies

WHITNEY BALLIETT, a jazz reporter who helped create one of the most influential jazz programs on US television, died last Thursday (01FEB07) at his home in Manhattan, New York of liver cancer. He was 80....

Winehouse Blocks Holiday Cover With Doherty

The proposed collaboration between AMY WINEHOUSE and PETE DOHERTY has hit a stumbling block after the English jazz singer refused to record a BILLIE HOLIDAY song. The REHAB singer didn't want to cover a song...

Lost Ross Album To Be Released

A lost DIANA ROSS album of standards is to be released 35 years after the soul great recorded it as a companion to her LADY SINGS THE BLUES soundtrack. Ross, who portrayed torch singer BILLIE...

Lost Diana Ross Jazz Album Due In June

DIANA ROSS will release an album of jazz standards she recorded more than 30 years ago for the first time this summer (06). The songs were originally intended as a companion to the hit 1972...

Rod Stewart Turns Dj For One Show

ROD STEWART is set to add DJ to his impressive resume when he hosts a satellite radio show to showcase his GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK recordings. The British rocker-turned-crooner will host an hour-long show on...

Jazz Bassist Lesberg Dies

Veteran jazz star JACK LESBERG has died from complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 85. Double bassist Lesberg performed with many jazz greats including LOUIS ARMSTRONG, BILLIE HOLIDAY, BENNY GOODMAN and EDDIE CONDON in...

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