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By SAM SESSA | April 10, 2008
Hometown -- Bowie Current members --Wayna Wondwossen, vocals Founded in --2005 Style --R&B/soul Influenced by --Minnie Riperton, Donny Hathaway, Billie Holiday Notable --A native Ethiopian, Wayna worked as a writer in the White House Office of Presidential Letters and Messages before becoming a full-time musician. She just released her sophomore album, Higher Ground. Quotable --"I'd gotten used to the identity of being a writer," she said. "It was scary at the beginning, but once I got used to calling myself an artist, the rest was pretty simple."
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By Earl Arnett | November 11, 1991
LADY DAY: THE MANY FACES OF BILLIE HOLIDAY. By Robert O'Meally. Arcade Publishing Inc. 207 pages. $29.95. An accompanying VHS videotape sells for $29.95. SHE CALLED herself Billie Holiday. Others called her "Lady Day." Jazz critic Martin Williams, who played a role in the inception of this project, labeled her a great musician and "a great natural actress who had learned to draw on her own feelings and convey them with honest directness to a listener."After 207 pages (and more than 178 photographs and illustrations, a bibliography and notes)
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By MICHAEL OLESKER | November 30, 1993
Billie Holiday didn't sing a song, so much as take dreamy, demonic possession of it. When she sang of ''Strange Fruit,'' she could darken every spirit in the room. When she sang ''Body and Soul,'' everyone knew the plaintive catch in her voice came out of a history of unrelieved heartache.She seemed to lapse her way into a lyric and then struggle to get herself out. You can listen to her now, 34 years after her haunted life and her pitiful death, and still sense the pain and conflict. When Billie Holiday stood behind a microphone, it wasn't a performance, it was a declaration of vulnerability, a woman-child huddled in a corner hoping not to be hurt any more.
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By DAN RODRICKS | November 1, 1995
Remember the werewolves of London? Looks like there's something new (but not as hairy) haunting the banks of the Thames. Angela Oriente, who runs A&M Costume Gallery in Parkville, got a call the other day from an American in London. His name was Matthew Anderson and he was desperate for -- get this -- a Judge Ito mask for Halloween.Angela thought it was a joke -- until Anderson called back, and called a third and fourth time. "He said he couldn't find a Judge Ito mask in London," Angela reports.
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By Robert Hilson Jr. and Robert Hilson Jr.,Staff Writer | February 26, 1993
Ruby Glover remembers the clubs along Pennsylvania Avenue in the 1940s as the launching pads for her career. Many black entertainers came to "the Avenue," and as a girl she watched the stars and learned."
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By Lawrence Freeny | January 26, 1992
LADY DAY: THE MANY FACES OF BILLIE HOLIDAY.Robert O'Meally.Arcade/Little, Brown.207 pages. $29.95. Accurately introduced as a biographical essay, "Lady Day" delivers a well-planned work of limited length and scope. But it is marred by analysis laden with adulation of the singer, enshrining her on a too-lofty level.Robert O'Meally, tapping numerous sources in composing his five-part essay, says its "central point is that . . . she was able to invent for herself a shining identity as an artist."
ENTERTAINMENT
May 27, 2004
Billie Holiday birthday Mark the birthday of Baltimore-born legend Billie Holiday tomorrow with a concert at the New Haven Lounge. The blues singer, who died in 1959 at the age of 44, will be commemorated in song by the Jump Street Band and past winners of the mayor's Billie Holiday vocal competition. Admission is free for this 9:30 p.m. event. The New Haven Lounge is at 1552 Havenwood Road. For more information, call 410-366-7416. Death metal effect Get a dose of death metal this weekend at the Thunderdome.
FEATURES
By Suzanna Stephens and Suzanna Stephens,Contributing Writer | April 10, 1995
Billie Holiday's songs are characterized by passion wrought of love and most often struggle. For Robin Rouse, the winner of the annual Billie Holiday Vocal Competition, the passion is for performance, the love for her supportive husband Darryl, and the struggle was healing her voice in time for Saturday's competition after suffering a sudden illness the preceding night.Mrs. Rouse and 12 other competing amateur vocalists honored the legacy of the Baltimore-bred singer on Saturday, the day after what would have been her 80th birthday.
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By Carl Schoettler and By Carl Schoettler,SUN STAFF | December 8, 2002
A soft breeze ruffles the grass and weeds on the vacant lot on Pennsylvania Avenue where the Club Tijuana once filled the night with jazz. The Tijuana is long gone. But in this empty space there is room enough for the music to echo in the memory. "Everybody you could name, if they played in Baltimore, they played at the Tijuana," says Ruby Glover, who started singing on The Avenue something like 50 years ago. "It was just swinging all the time, all the time. The glamour. The gorgeous feeling.
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By Diane Scharper and Diane Scharper,Special to The Baltimore Sun | April 19, 2009
Becoming Billie Holiday Poems by Carol Boston Weatherford, art by Floyd Cooper Wordsong / 117 pages / $19.95 These brief, first-person poems tell the story of Eleanora Fagan, who grew up impoverished on Durham Street in a rough East Baltimore neighborhood, yet became a world-renowned jazz singer. With little education and no vocal training, Billie Holiday (she changed her name when she began singing) had an obsessive love for jazz, an excellent ear for rhythm and a voice that was almost able to float.
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