The great Billie Holiday was born 100 years ago today. This requires spending some of your day listening to a greatest hits album, I hope. But here are five other ways you can celebrate this icon’s life this week:
1) Watch Diana Ross in Lady Sings The Blues. Sure it’s wildly inaccurate but it’s still a pretty great movie.
2) ListenÂ to Cassandra Wilson‘sÂ perform her new Billie Holiday tribute album Coming Forth By Day at the Apollo TheatreÂ this Friday.
3) Just go to a jazz club. Any one. Keep the tradition that made Holiday’s career alive.
4) There are a ton of great articles today about Holiday but if you’re into your “listicles”, check out this 100 Facts about Billie Holiday’s Life and Legacy from USA Today.