Billie Holiday at JATP

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Billie Holiday at Jazz at the Philharmonic
Live album by Billie Holiday
Released 1954
Recorded February 12, 1945 & June 3, October 7, 1946
Genre Vocal jazz
Label Clef Records (Verve Records)
Producer Norman Granz
Billie Holiday chronology
Billie Holiday
(1954)
Billie Holiday at JATP
(1954)
Stay with Me
(1955)

Billie Holiday at Jazz at the Philharmonic is a live album by jazz singer Billie Holiday, originally recorded on February 12, 1945 and October 3, 1946 at the Jazz at the Philharmonic concert at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, and recorded at Carnegie Hall on June 3, 1946.

Content[edit]

Originally released in 1954, the liner notes quotes a review from Down Beat, praising the album:

"These were recorded at a JATP concert in LA in 1946, and never again will Billie sound this wonderful. The years that have passed since then have taken their toll on the great stylist, but this all happened on a night when she had everything, and you don't find this LP to be one of the most emotional half-hours you've ever spent, there's something wrong. (...) Certainly one of the outstanding records in years."

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars
Down Beat (1954 Review) 5/5 stars

Billie Holiday would go on to perform at Jazz at the Philharmonic concerts numerous times, even joining the troupe in 1954.

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Body and Soul" (Edward Heyman, Robert Sour, Frank Eyton, Johnny Green) - 3:24
  2. "Strange Fruit" (Abel Meeropol) - 3:01
  3. "Trav'lin' Light (Trummy Young, Jimmy Mundy, Johnny Mercer) - 3:28
  4. "He's Funny That Way" (Richard Whiting, Neil Moret) - 2:56

Side two[edit]

  1. "The Man I Love" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) - 3:04
  2. "Gee, Baby, Ain't I Good to You" (Andy Razaf, Don Redman) - 2:19
  3. "All of Me" (Gerald Marks, Seymour Simons) - 1:55
  4. "Billie's Blues (Billie Holiday) - 3:39

Personnel[edit]

February 12, 1945 (Tracks 1 & 2)[edit]

Billie Holiday, vocals
Lester Young, tenor sax
Illinois Jacquet, tenor sax
George Auld, alto sax
Buck Clayton, trumpet
Ken Kersey, piano
Tiny Grimes, guitar
JC Heard, drums
Al McKibbon, bass

October 3, 1946 (Tracks 3 & 4)[edit]

Billie Holiday, vocals
Illinois Jacquet, tenor sax
Trummy Young, trombone
Howard McGhee, trumpet
Ken Kersey, piano
Barney Kessel, guitar
Jack Mills, drums
Charlie Drayton, bass

June 3, 1946 (Tracks 5-8)[edit]

same as February 12, 1945 personnel.