Billie Holiday at JATP

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Billie Holiday at Jazz at the Philharmonic
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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
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Billie Holiday at Jazz at the Philharmonic (MG C-169) 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 at Carnegie Hall on June 3, 1946.[1]


Jazz at the Philharmonic, or JATP, was the title of a series of jazz concerts, tours and recordings produced by Norman Granz from 1944 through 1983. Billie Holiday would go on to perform at Jazz at the Philharmonic concerts numerous times, even joining the troupe in 1954.

The liner notes on the original LP quote 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
Allmusic4.5/5 stars
Down Beat (1954 Review)5/5 stars

Billie Holiday at Jazz at the Philharmonic was originally released as a 10 inch LP in 1954, her fourth LP for Norman Granz's Clef label. After the 10 inch form was discontinued, the 8 tracks would be rereleased as parts of various compilations.

Correction: I have the original 10 inch as well as the Verve reissue. The concert was put out about 8 years after it was recorded. It was all done on one night in LA. You can see that in the reference to the Downbeat review. The liner notes were written by Norman Granz. I'm not sure where the musicians info above was received from, I'm holding the album (10") as I speak and the musicians listed are Milt Raskin piano, Willie Smith alto, Red Callender bass and Dave Coleman drums. I'm Dave Coleman's son and I have the letter from Norman Granz telling my dad he was putting the album out with a check stub for $60 if I remember correctly. A lot of these tunes were done with lots of musicians, but the ones on the 10 inch album are as I have listed above done in one night. I think the cover is a favorite as it has been used on a few compilations. In fact the Verve reissue I have has the 10 inch tunes on one side and a whole bunch of others on the 2nd side with the same cover and liner notes as the 10 inch. Go figure. Tim Coleman.

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


February 12, 1945 (Tracks 1 & 2) [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 7, 1946 (Tracks 3 & 4)[3][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.


  1. ^ Billie Holiday – At Jazz At The Philharmonic ,, accessed Feb 13, 2016
  2. ^ Billie Holiday Songs sessionography, 1945, accessed Feb 13, 2016
  3. ^ Billie Holiday Songs sessionography, 1946, accessed Feb 13, 2016