This morning, during "You Asked for It!" we added a new release as we wrap up our musical celebration of Black History Month. This new Steinway and Sons release features beautiful concert transcriptions of songs that were made famous by Billie Holiday.
Lara Downes is a Steinway Artist who recently released another CD with cellist Zuill Bailey focusing on works by American Composers. All of these songs, so closely connected to the career and life of Lady Day - who has been called a social phenomenon of her day - have all been arranged by Composer Jed Distler took his cue from Downes, who wanted these arrangements to reflect the full mutifaceted complextiy of American music from blended cultures.