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San Francisco-born pianist Lara Downes, who is of Caribbean and Russian heritage, often describes herself as having led "a gypsy-like existence" (given her European touring and studies early in life). But she also has a clear affinity for Americana, too -- most recently put to use on her new album, A Billie Holiday Songbook. Click play on our attached mix, and you'll start with a classical piano arrangement of Lady Day's original tune "God Bless the Child."  READ THE FULL Rhapsody ARTICLE