Ornette Coleman Tribute LeRoy Downs will be joining me on Strictly Jazz for a 3 hr. tribute to Ornette Coleman, who died last Wednesday at the age of 85. In addition to talking about his music, career and influence, we will hear testimonials from some of his musical cohorts via telephone interviews. And, of course, there's a ton of great music to sample.
Tribute to Billie Holiday Billie Holiday would have turned 100 years old this week and Bo Leibowitz pays tribute to the singer. She started singing in nightclubs as a teenager and her extraordinary voice and stage presence attracted attention right away. Despite her success, she faced rampant racism and struggled with substance abuse, but leaves behind an incredible catalogue of music.