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H-E-B presents Cassandra Wilson Coming Forth By Day: A Celebration of Billie Holiday

May 29, 2015
8:30 p.m.

6000 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, Texas 77030 United States

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Join Cassandra Wilson as she celebrates Billie Holiday's 100th birthday. 

Showcasing her powerful blues, country, and folk-tinged delivery, Grammy Award-winner Cassandra Wilson offers a special tribute concert to Billie Holiday on the centennial of Lady Day’s birth.

About Cassandra Wilson
Cassandra Wilson
is a jazz musician, vocalist, songwriter, and producer from Jackson, Mississippi. Described by critic Gary Giddins as “a singer blessed with an unmistakable timbre and attack who has expanded the playing field” by incorporating blues, country, and folk music into her work.

She began playing piano at six, guitar by the age of twelve and was working as a vocalist by the mid-'70s, singing a wide variety of material. After moving to New York City in the early '80s, Cassandra met saxophonist Steve Coleman and became one of the founding members of the M-Base Collective. She signed with Blue Note Records in 1992 and released a landmark album, Blue Light ‘Til Dawn, which would pave the way for a new generation of jazz singers seeking an approach and repertoire that challenges the supremacy of the American Standard songbook.

Wilson has continued interpreting—in fresh and creative ways—vintage blues, country, and folk music up until the present day. Her awards include: two Grammys, the Django D’Or, The Edison Music Award, a marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail, and the 2012 Echo Award for Jazz. She also performed one of the leading roles in Wynton Marsalis’ “Blood on the Fields,” the first jazz work to receive a Pulitzer Prize.

This is a ticketed event for the covered seating area. Free tickets are available (4 per person over age 16 while they last) at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office the day of the performance between the hours of 10:30am-1pm. If tickets remain at 1pm, the box office will re-open one hour before show time to distribute the remaining tickets. As always, open seating on the hill.

Presented by Miller Outdoor Theatre.
Lead Sponor: H-E-B.

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