Doris Day died a few months ago and Billie Holiday died 60 years ago. Societally, the latter was a threatening contrast to everything that was considered clean. She worked in a brothel as a teenager. She was imprisoned several times for drugs. The police were waiting by her deathbed to take her to prison should her condition improve. She drew from her own experiences for her music like no other singer has, and set standards for authenticity and credibility in vocal jazz that have been valid up until this day. In contrast, Doris Day was the epitome of a clean America. As a vocalist she represented sophisticated white middle-class jazz, as a film star it was Hollywood romance. What is not well known about her is that her indestructible civil courage put her in the focus of contemporary history several times. Doris Day and Billie Holiday were contrasts and they themselves each had to confront challenging contrasts – Marilyn Monroe and Ella Fitzgerald, and were confronted with suppression and inequality long before the hash tag was invented. Three outstanding musicians, supported by “one of the best jazz pianists in Europe” will make this afternoon an exciting homage.
The concert is seated.