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The Impact of Lady Day, Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday had a short but action-packed life, often sensationalized in movies that focus on the drama rather than the impact of her music. In preparation for the Billie Holiday JAZZ ROOM tribute, we spoke with vocalist Melissa Morgan and Harlem Legend Bill Saxton about the amazing “Lady Day”.

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The Year of the Bird

This year marks the 101st birthday of Charlie Parker, nicknamed “Bird.” This jazz saxophonist’s legacy was marked with such action and influence that it is amazing to realize he only lived to age 35.

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John Dillard, “Bassist of the Stars”

Bassist John Dillard is described by many as “one of the funkiest”. This 2 time Grammy Award winning bassist grew up in NY and considers NC his home.

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Zach Wheeler, Menastree, and the Charlotte jazz scene

Local jazz saxophonist Zach Wheeler describes the Charlotte jazz scene right now, and where band Menastree fits in.

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Jazz through History, for Jazz Appreciation Month

For Jazz Appreciation Month this year, we’re taking a look back at key moments in jazz history.

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