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Cassandra Wilson

Coming Forth By Day:
A Celebration of Billie Holiday

March 1, 2015


Jazz vocalist Cassandra Wilson's unmistakable sound blends rural blues, urban eclecticism, and a true improviser's ability to make a song her own. This performance pays a loving homage to one of her great inspirations, the beloved and tragic vocalist Billie Holiday. In a Jazztimes interview, Wilson explains, "What I'm doing is more a Billie way of singing...It was not based on dexterity so much as on the roundness of her tone, the color inside the voice. And how much of her life is in that?"

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Pre-performance Talk
Sun, March 1, 6–6:30 pm

Pre-performance talk with Kim Nalley renowned jazz artist and UC Berkeley doctoral candidate in history. Free to event ticket holders.

Major support for public programs provided by Bank of America.

Program Notes

Program notes are available online. [PDF]

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Sun, Mar 1, 7 pm