Billie Holiday Autograph.

Rare autograph note signed by American Jazz Legend Billie Holiday and the Count Basie Orchestra

Billie Holiday Autograph.

HOLIDAY, Billie.


Item Number: 109901

Rare autograph of American jazz legend Billie Holiday and the Count Basie Orchestra. One page, signed by Billie Holiday and each member with their instrument, Dan Minor – trombone, Ed Lewis – trumpet, George Hunt – trombone, Earle Warren – alto sax, Buck Clayton – trumpet and Herschel Evans-tenor sax. Additionally signed on the verso by Ziggy Elman, Vernon Brown, and Jerry Jerome, members of the Benny Goodman Band. In near fine condition.

Renowned for her recognizably raspy improvisational vocal style, African American jazz singer Billie Holiday had a seminal influence on jazz music and pop singing and pioneered a new way of manipulating phrasing and tempo throughout her career spanning nearly thirty years. A successful concert performer throughout the 1950s, Holiday performed with a number of fellow jazz legends including jazz pianist Count Basie and clarinetist Artie Shaw, her relationship with whom placed her among the first black women to work with a white orchestra and marked the first time a black female singer employed full-time toured the segregated U.S. South with a white bandleader.

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