Billie Holiday


This year we are celebrating the 100th birthday of Billie Holiday. Her astounding life, her impact on popular music, and of course those transcendent performances continue to influence every great singer since the world first heard “Lady Day”. Enjoy Billie’s legacy of centennial events, tribute albums and new releases below.



Centennial Celebrations

March 19, 2015

Rebecca Ferguson: Lady Sings The Blues » London

The St. James Theater, Sony Music and Jonathan Shalit OBE present soul diva Rebecca Ferguson performing her new album “Lady Sings The Blues” live for the first time.

March 26, 2015

Cassandra Wilson: Coming Forth By Day: A Celebration of Billie Holiday

Cassandra Wilson comes to The Playhouse to celebrate her new tribute album to Lady Day “Coming Forth By Day” on Sony Music/Legacy Recordings.

April 4, 2015

Re-Creating Billie’s 1956 Carnegie Hall Concert

Re-Creation of famed Nov. 10, 1956 concert starring Denyse Pearson as “Lady Day” & Phil Butts Arch Social Club Big Band. (Baltimore, MD)

April 5, 2015

The Billie Holiday Arts Project

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Art Upper Fell’s Point Improvement Association transform the neighborhood with gardenias, painted screens, murals & mosaics.

Now Through April 10, 2015

WKCR’s 360-Hour Billie Holiday Radio Festival

Spinning her entire 1933-1959 discography, on-air interviews with musicians and scholars, Sunday through Friday (NYC).

April 6, 2015

Apollo Theater Walk of Fame Induction

Cassandra Wilson to unveil Billie’s plaque under the famed Apollo Marquee (NYC).

April 6, 2015

Catalina Bar & Grill:
Billie Holiday 100th Birthday Celebration with Corky Hale

Pianist, harpist/vocalist Corky Hale (Tony Bennett, Barbara Streisand, Bjork, George Michael) performs (Los Angeles)

April 7, 2015

Jamie Cullum hosts “When Billie Met Frank” on BBC2

Jamie Cullum looks back to the 1935 meeting between Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday. 2pm (UK).

April 7, 2015

Santa Fe Univ. Of Art & Design 100th Birthday Tribute

Featuring a screening of “Lady Sings the Blues” and live concert performance by SFUAD students and jazz faculty (Santa Fe).

April 7, 2015

Joey Arias: The Billie Holiday Centennial Concert

Acclaimed performance ‘channeling Billie Holiday’ at Southbank Centre (UK).

April 9-12, 2015

Billie and the Boys

Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola: Big band featuring vocalist Shenel Johns, Elena Pinderhughes, Molly Ryan, Vuyo Sotashe, and Michael Mwenso (NYC).

April 10, 2015

Cassandra Wilson at the Historic Apollo Theater

Wilson brings “Coming Forth By Day: A Celebration of Billie Holiday” to the Harlem where Billie often appeared (NYC).

April 10-11, 2015

Celebrating Lady Day

Rose Theater: vocalists Andy Bey, Molly Johnson, and Sarah Elizabeth Charles with music director and pianist Peter Martin, drummer Ulysses Owens, bassist Robert Hurst, and saxophonist Melissa Aldana (NYC).

April 10-11, 2015

Cécile Mclorin Salvant Sings Billie Holiday

The Appel Room Vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant delves into the music of Lady Day (NYC).

April 10-19, 2015

St. Philip’s College Presents “Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar & Grill”

Play opens April 10 at Watson Fine Arts Center at St. Philip’s College. Friday & Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday through April 19 (San Antonio).

April 10-11, 2015

Billie Holiday Turns 100 at Minton’s

Minton’s Harlem honors Lady Day. JC Hopkins Biggish Band ft. Charenee Wade, Jazzmeia Horn, Mélanie J-b Charles, Brianna Thomas, Camille Thurman, Charles Turner (NYC).

April 11, 2015


Vocalist Venus Cruz saw an opportunity to honor the icon and jazz’s place in Denver. “Denver’s Five Points neighborhood had a thriving jazz scene, and Billie sang here.” (Denver).

April 14, 21, 28, 2015

Queen Esther Sings Billie Holiday: The Rare Sides

Theatrical & musical presentation of Ms. Holiday’s last Carnegie Hall performance in 1956. (NYC).

April 19, 2015

Café Society Celebrates Billie Holiday’s 100th Birthday

Pamela Hart takes listeners back to the ‘30s & ‘40s, to Greenwich Village’s integrated nightclub Café Society. One World Theater (Austin, TX).

April 25, 2015

Lady Day: Billie Holiday’s Centennial Celebration @ Charleston Music Hall

Charleston Jazz Orchestra presents a program dedicated to Lady Day.

April 28, 2015

José James – Yesterday I Had The Blues: The Music Of Billie Holiday

José James describes Billie Holiday as his “musical mother,” performs at Harlem Stage Gatehouse (NYC).

April 28, 2015

When The Moon Turns Green: The Myth And Music Of Billie Holiday

Discussion with Holiday biographers John Szwed, Farah Jasmine Griffin and Robert G. O’Meally at Harlem Stage Gatehouse (NYC).

April 30, 2015

In A Different Mood – Billie Holiday at 100 – An International Jazz Day Homage

International Jazz Day concert at St.Hilda’s College, Oxford, to celebrate the centenary of the birth of a true legend (UK).

May 8, 2015

The Aaron Diehl Trio featuring Cécile McLorin Salvant

Fisher Center at Bard College and Catskill Jazz Factory present a centenary tribute to Billie Holiday (NYC).

May 22, 2015

Karen Oxorn Presents: A Billie Holiday Centennary Celebration

Ottowa’s Dominique Forest and Nicole Ratté pay homage to Billie, with a twist (Ottowa).

May 24, 2015

Claire Martin Sings Billie Holiday Songbook – London”

A programme of Holiday favourites stylishly reworked by Claire Martin OBE & her world class quartet (UK).

August 14-15, 2015

Winston Salem’s Twin City Stage Presents “Lady Day At Emerson’s”

Twin City Stage presents “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill”, a musical by Lanie Robertson for two performances this summer (Winston Salem).

October, 2015

Billie Holiday to join Philadelphia’s Walk of Fame

Philadelphia Music Alliance (PMA) Walk of Fame welcomes Billie Holiday as its newest inductee on the 100th anniversary of her birth in the City of Brotherly Love.

Lady Day Likes

Centennial Catalog - Box Sets

Centennial Catalog - ‘Best of’ Albums

Studio Albums