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Pianist Kuni Mikami found two albums with Billie Holiday on their covers; below, Judy Marie Canterino


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In These Pages BILLIE HOLIDAY TRIBUTE at BEA"S PHOTOSPREAD 1�4 April listings 5�6 Chip White Photo John Watson Ad Kuni Mikami Ad Richard Williams' Photos of Billie Holiday Tribute

Ron Saltus does "Our Love is Here to Stay," to popular acclaim, and Sherry below right, "Don't Explain"

Singers from the tristate area and Philadelphia gathered in a Tribute to Billie Holiday, one of the greatest jazz singers whose work will live as long as people love music. In this way jazz singers kept in touch with their roots and inspiration, and made new friends and kept the old. The Site was BEA's, one of the most charming new entries into the restaurant scene in New York City, at 403 West 43 Street, near 9th Avenue, just minutes away from the Broadway Theatre hub. The Jazz Culture, V.III:113


Connie MacNamee did an ultra sophisticated version of 'I'm A Fool to Want You,' as a rhumba, and Kumiko Yamakado did a sizzling "Love for Sale"


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The Jazz Culture Newsletter Wishes the Jazz World Community a Happy, Healthy Prosperous 2014! Jazz Tours in NYC are available; also music teachers in various countries for students & jazz lovers. email: Ads are available in The Jazz Culture Newsletter. The Jazz Culture Newsletter has been read in 72 countries. Brian McMillen is a contributing Photographer. Connie MacNamee and Arnold J. Smith are contributing writers." Countries: US, UK, Albania, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bangladesh, Belize, Brazil, Burma, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam

April Listings Clarence Banks‐ Swing 46 most Thursdays with Felix and the Cats, 346 W. 46 St. Ray Blue: Jules, Garage Richard Clements‐ Pianist, 11th Street Bar most Mondays, 8 Kenney Gates, pianist. Philadelphia, Tues., Sun. some Sats.‐ High Note Cafe on Tasker & 13th, 5‐9 p.m. Bertha Hope ‐ Minton's on 206 W. 118 Street, every weekend George Gee Orchestra at Swing 46, every Tues, most Fridays 9:30 Loston Harris: Bemelmans Bar at The Carlyle; Tues ‐ Thur 9:30pm ‐ 12:30am, Fri‐Sat 9:30pm‐1:00am Bemelmans Bar Residency 12th year at The Carlyle, 35 East 76th St., New York, NY 10021 (76th St. & Madison Ave.) 212‐744‐1600 Mike Longo: Tuesdays Gillespie Auditorium in the NYC Baha'i Center at 53 East 11th Street 8:00 and 9:30 John Mosca & Michael Weiss, Vanguard Orchestra every Monday at the Village Vanguard 8 p.m.

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David Pearl‐ Mondays at the Thalia, 95 St. bet. B'way & West End 8 p.m. Valery Pomoronov‐ Zinc Bar on April 2, 9:30 p.m. Bill Saxton; Every Friday and Saturday Bill’s Place 133 Street Rick Stone: Bar Next Door on April 15 Murray Wall, bassist, 11th Street Bar most Mondays, 8 p.m. Leroy Williams, drums: Minton's Sun & Tues 2‐6 W. 118 St. Richard Williams, singer/poet: April 5, 8:30 p.m. Nuyorican Poets Cafe 236 E. Third bet. B&C 718‐233‐8048 Kumiko Yamakado: April 7 at Tomi's on East 53rd Street ENGLAND: John Watson Trio at the Palm Court, Langham Hotel, London, 1c Portland, Regent St. 207‐636‐1000 Fri‐Sat Save the Dates: George Gee‐May 23, Frankie Manning's 100th, Edison Ballroom, NYC John Kamitsuka Annual Recital Weill Recital Hall April 30, 8 p.m. Tickets available at Carnegie Hall Box office $15 for students

Happy Birthday March- April Babies George Gee, Lew Tabackin, Stafford Hunter, Lil Phillips, Randy Noel, Eric Lemon, Kenyatta Beasley Thank You for Bringing Beauty & Love to the World LEEE JOHN LIVE AT HIDEAWAY 17TH APRIL 2014 featuring John Watson on piano/vocal/keyboards!

John will be performing with Leee John & his jazz soul quartet at Hideaway in Streatham on Thursday 17th April. Hideaway was voted the UK's Best Venue 2011 in the Parliamentary Jazz Awards. 8.30pm - tickets £20. Call 020 8835 7070 or visit:

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thursday-17th-april-2014 JOHN WATSON CD ALBUMS -- YouTube Kudos Records. The JW3 Live At The Langham, Master OfThe Mood, Heaven: A Night At Four Seasons and Easy. Enjoy! COMPLIMENTARY NIGHT AT THE LANGHAM-- The minimoon must be taken by December 2015 and is a 1 night weekend stay. For more information and to make a booking call 020 7965 0195 or visit: JOHN WATSON by Max Garr

KUNI MIKAMI, Pianist is also an acclaimed, talented Videographer Special Introductory Sale: Five Minute Edited (with music) Video Resume for Performers $300 Contact Kuni @:

Artist must provide: • Good quality HD video on computer file • Good recorded audio sound • A photo of yourself • Text you want to see on the video

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Renaissance man Richard Williams above, Kuni Mikami can even play backwards below, young onlooker below.

Richard Benatar& Sybil Evans above; Richard B. also plays clarinet Lisi Pakulski's lyric styling, w Billie Holiday's signature flower, the Magnolia 8

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Above, Rob Fulton charms the ladies, Chuck McPherson is the host with the most, below, Carol Sue sings; BEA's is on 43rd street in the heart ofthe theatre district with continental food The Jazz Culture, V.III:13


Jo Marchese did a brilliant arrangement on "Embraceable You," in her cool style, while below perennial lovebirds Phyllis and Joe Gimpel gaze at other singers.


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Joe Gimpel gives a stirring version of"Good Morning Heartache" and Maki Mototsu, sings with that indefinable charm,

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Above, Phyllis Gimpel with that gorgeous voice, below Karen Maynard sinuous rendering of"You've Changed," and Michael Morgan of Philadelphia, does great long tones and charms the audience


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Billie Holiday was not born on Easy Street with a silver spoon in her mouth. Born Eleanora Fagan when her mother was 13 years old, her obstacles included a mother who involved her in prostitution, a childhood rape, a father who rejected her, jail at 15, drugs, and lack of formal schooling. She was also a musical genius; surrounded by the best jazz musicians, she composed great songs, made the trite songs of the day sound better with melodic invention and sophisticated rhythmic combinations...and always showed non pareil soul, verve, and honesty. By overcoming all her early obstacles to become one of the greatest singers of all time, Billie Holiday deserves more than the respect society shows princesses or heiresses. Billie Holiday brought jazz around the world and still retains a crown given her by millions of fans. The Jazz Culture, V.III:113


Photos via Courtesy of Richard Williams

Sachiko Tatsuishi above, and Phyllis Gimpel 14

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Ira, who still charms the ladies, and made the round of the tables holding hands, below, Jo and Sherry, and Jo solo

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Kuni Mikami's shoes, above, Lisi and Mary Rocco, Lionelle Hamanaka, and below Chuck McPherson


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Kuni Mikami at the piano, above, and Joe Gimpel emoting "Good Morning Heartache," with Murray Wall on bass, behind him

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Classic Days Memento by Lafayette Harris & Band of Iconic LENOX LOUNGE, where Mr. Harris had a ten year gig 18

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