MASTERS OF AMERICAN MUSIC: Lady Day - The Many Faces of Billie Holiday


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Producer: Byron, Toby

Lady Day, The Many Faces of Billie Holiday
Saylor, Richard - Producer
Byron, Toby - Producer
Seig, Matthew - Television Director

Year of Production: 1990
Playing Time: 00:59:00
Catalogue Number: EUROARTS5709
UPC: 880242570987

Lady Day - The Many Faces of Billie Holiday invites viewers to see the many faces of this "dark lady of the sonnets," as one poet called her, and to appreciate her undying art more deeply. Most presentations feature Lady Day as the sad victim of hard times and drugs. The single fact of her life that matters above all others is that she was a great artist who, with Louis Armstrong, invented modern jazz singing. Mining a treasure trove of completely new information, the producers set the record straight – and beautifully. In a voice that is Billie-like in its rasping wiseness and its ring, stage and screen star Ruby Dee reads from Holiday’s autobiography Lady Sings the Blues.

Masters of American Music is an award-winning television series – as entertaining as it is educational and memorable – that celebrates a pantheon of the greatest innovators in jazz. Individual programmes trace the lives and works of master musicians who defined the course of America's classical music. From its birth in New Orleans to swing, the big bands, bebop, free jazz and beyond – all of it is explored with sensitivity and in unique depth.

Over 80 interviews were filmed in the making of the series. Featured artists come to life through these conversations, exciting rare performances, period footage and vintage photographs meticulously reproduced. Both the video and audio content has been restored and remastered in accordance with state-of-the-art specifications.

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