There is a spectrum in jazz performance, on one end is a musical technique, and on the other end, personal style. Many critics consider these opposites, but in fact, it’s impossible to have one without the other. For example, the two mountains of the jazz vocal tradition—Ella Fitzgerald, whose technique and time was impeccable, and Billie Holiday, whose voice was unique and created its own style. Author Ashley Kahn will examine how each of them used their voice to describe violence and murder connecting to how we receive information about today’s world, which is filled with stories of politics, violence, and protest. Performances will include St. Louis’ finest musicians saluting these two ladies of song.
The Whitaker Jazz Speaks Series is sponsored by the Whitaker Foundation