Billie Holiday had a profound influence on jazz music throughout the ’30s and ’40s, and she’s credited with uniquely combining vocals with jazz phrasing and tempo. She won four Grammy awards and played to packed houses all over the world, including two sold-out shows at Carnegie Hall.
Holiday’s music continues to inspire new generations thanks, in part, to performers like Leslie McCurdy, who share the legendary singer’s music and story with audiences across the country. McCurdy has teamed up with Bunbury Theatre and pianist Steve Crews to present “Lady Ain’t Singing No Blues,” a tribute to Holiday, running June 10-12 and 15-19.
Based on “Lady Sings the Blues,” Holiday’s autobiography, McCurdy performs her classics while taking audiences through the ups and downs of her career and personal life. The show begins in a seedy Hell’s Kitchen bar in 1958, where Holiday has decided to host an impromptu concert for a small crowd after a late-night recording session.
McCurdy is an actor, playwright, dancer and singer from Canada who performs throughout the United States.
Tickets are $22 ($10 for students, $19 for seniors). Showtime is 7:30 p.m., and 12:30 p.m. June 12 and 19 at the Henry Clay, 604 S. Third St.