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Lara Downes honors Billie Holiday's 100th birthday with her latest album / examiner.com

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Billie Holiday was born on April 7, 1915, meaning that her 100th birthday is only a little more than a week away. Pianist Lara Downes has chosen to honor this occasion with the release of her latest album on the Steinway & Sons label, entitled A Billie Holiday Songbook. This is a collection of 22 songs from Holiday's repertoire, all but two of which were arranged by composer and pianist Jed Distler. The other two are arrangements by pianists who played for Holiday, Marian McPartland and Teddy Wilson, the latter having played a major role in the development of her career between 1935 and 1938.

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