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Violets For Her Furs: The UWS’s UnSung Neighbor, Billie Holiday
October 16 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
Wednesday, October 16th 6:30-7:45pm 35 W. 67th St. Special 2-for-1 Tickets for LW! Partner+ Members!
It is little known that jazz legend Billie Holiday’s last home was on the Upper West Side, the garden apartment of a brownstone at 26 West 87th Street. It was in this modest space that she basked in the glorious reviews for her 1958 triumph, Lady in Satin, suffered the ill-effects of an abusive husband and substance abuse, and grieved the death of her best friend and musical collaborator, tenor saxophonist Lester “Prez” Young. Despite all the scholarship and popular writings, film, documentaries and more on Holiday, to say nothing of her global impact on twentieth-century music, within and beyond the bounds of jazz, not one of her Manhattan homes bears witness to her life. Dr. LaShonda Katrice Barnett spotlights the unmatched contributions Billie Holiday made to our national culture during her too-short lifetime and underscores just why she deserves greater recognition, especially in Manhattan.