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Producer Danny Kapilian and music director Terence Blanchard are bringing today's Broadway singing stars to New York's Carnegie Hall to pay tribute to Billie Holiday.
Oleta Adams, Alan Cumming and Lea DeLaria are among the entertainers who'll perform April 22 in "Broadway Artists Sing the Songs of Billie Holiday," AllAboutJazz.com reports. Other performers include Donna Murphy, Jimmy Scott with Jon Regen, Tom Wopat and the Terence Blanchard Quintet.
(For information and tickets visit the Web site carnegiehall.org)
Cassandra Wilson is on the road in support of her new Blue Note album, "Belly of the Sun," a collection of blues tunes recorded in Mississippi. The tour kicked off March 23 with an appearance at the SFJazz Spring Season in San Francisco, DownBeat.com reports.
Other dates for her tour are:
April 3: Anaheim, Calif., The Grove
April 4: Los Angeles, Wiltern Theater
April 7: Denver, Paramount Theater
April 9: St. Louis, The Pageant
April 10: Madison, Wis., The Orpheum Theater
April 11: St. Paul, Minn., Fitzgerald Theater
April 13: Akron, Ohio, Highland Theater
April 14: Greensberg, Pa., Palace Theater
April 15: Lexington, Ken., Kentucky Theater
April 16: Atlanta, Variety Playhouse
April 18: Tampa Bay, Fla., Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center
April 20: West Palm Beach, Fla., Carefree Theater
April 25: Washington, D.C., Lisner Auditorium
April 27: Boston, Symphony Hall
April 28: Northampton, Mass., Calvin Theater
May 25: New York, Carnegie Hall
May 29: Atlantic City, N.J., Trump Plaza Hotel
May 30: Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Saratoga Performing Arts Center
(Web site: jazztrance.com)
(By UPI's Penny Nelson Bartholomew, sitting in for Ken Franckling)