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Lady Sings the Blues

5/1/2019, 9:56 a.m.
Lady Day was a seminal influence on jazz and pop singing. Her vocal style, strongly inspired by jazz instrumentalists, pioneered ...
Siren Nation, a group promoting women of all ages in the arts, presents the annual Billie Holiday Tribute Night concert on Saturday, May 4 at the Alberta Rose Theater.

Musicians of many genres will honor one of the greatest jazz singers and songwriters of our time when Portland’s Siren Nation presents the 13th annual Billie Holiday Tribute Night on Saturday, May 4 at 7 p.m. at the Alberta Rose Theater. Poet Renee Mitchell will emcee.

Lady Day was a seminal influence on jazz and pop singing. Her vocal style, strongly inspired by jazz instrumentalists, pioneered a new way of manipulating phrasing and tempo. Above all, she was admired all over the world for her deeply personal and intimate approach to singing.

The tribute will feature performers Arietta Ward with Alex Milsted, Nafisaria Scroggins-Thomas, Debora Patton, Tave Fasce Drake, The Saying & the Said, The Cabin Project, Tamara Walker Lenore, Jasmine VanDemarr, Sarah Clarke, Annette Lowman, Pacific Trio and Laura Cunard.

Proceeds will benefit Siren Nation, an all volunteer non-profit dedicated to promoting women of all ages in the arts. Tickets are $18 in advance.