Billie Holiday's 100th Birthday

Today is the 100th Birthday of Blues /Jazz singer Billie Holiday. Nicknamed "Lady Day" by her friend and musical partner Lester Young, she had 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. She died on July 17, 1959  Metropolitan Hospital in New York.

Photographed by Carl Van Vechten March 23, 1949

Photographed by Carl Van Vechten March 23, 1949

The Cotton Club in Harlem NY. A white only Jazz club that played many of the best black entertainers of the era, including Billie Holiday.

The Cotton Club in Harlem NY. A white only Jazz club that played many of the best black entertainers of the era, including Billie Holiday.

Photographed by Carl Van Vechten March 23, 1949

Photographed by Carl Van Vechten March 23, 1949