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Billie Holiday Celebration w/ Candice Hoyes

April 6, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 9:30 pm

In honor of Billie Holiday’s birthday weekend and April being Jazz Appreciation Month, Motor House will present a Billie Holiday Celebration on April 6, featuring a Billie Holiday musical tribute concert and workshop by international jazz recording artist, composer and activist Candice Hoyes, as well as a lecture about the Billie Holiday Project for Liberation Arts by Johns Hopkins Professor Lawrence Jackson.

11am Free workshop for family and children ages 6 to 12 by Candice Hoyes
7pm   Free lecture “Billie Holiday Project for Liberation Arts” by Dr. Lawrence Jackson
8pm   Billie Holiday musical tribute by Candice Hoyes (Link for tickets at bottom of page)

Hoyes’ voice has been compared to Eartha Kitt, Nancy Wilson and Lena Horne. She uses themes such as the Jazz Age, feminism and black history as her music and teaching inspiration and is a lecturer at Jazz at a Lincoln Center. A Harvard grad, Hoyes has recorded with Wynton Marsalis, Philip Glass, and Wycliffe Gordon. She is a contributing culture writer for Shondaland, Los Angeles Review of Books, Columbia Journal of Gender and Law and Blavity. Her acclaimed first album, On Turquoise Cloud, featured rare Duke Ellington songs that blur the line of jazz and classical music. She is currently writing and recording her second album, which is set for a 2019 release. Hoyes will also present a workshop for families at Motor House to complement the cabaret performance.

This presentation is a story map exploring Billie Holiday’s early life in Baltimore City, conveyed on the ArcGIS [Geospatial Information Service] database. It uses the tools of the historical archive–maps, photographs, newspapers, city directories, memoir, biography, film and music–to etch a social history of Billie Holiday (1915-1959) in Baltimore, between roughly 1900 and 1960. Holiday’s remarkable and unique art has earned her the title of the premier jazz singer of all-time. Her voice and experience was strongly connected to Baltimore City, its pattern of black migration, its musical culture, urban density, as well as its narcotics and violent crime. Although she was born in Philadelphia, she deliberately falsely claimed in her candid memoir, “I was finally able to prove I’d been born in Baltimore.” As revealing as her willed connection to a particular geography of nativity was her determined artistry, invented out of black vernacular sound. The presentation enables us to understand the artist’s relationship to her urban geography broadly, and to historic Pennsylvania Avenue specifically. How did it change over space and time? What dimension of shared fate did she have with the community of black domestic workers, laborers, artisans, and small business people from the first half of the twentieth century? In what manner did Baltimore’s racial segregation and racism define her life and art? How was her consciousness as a vocal opponent to segregation shaped by her grooming in the city? This project is conceived of as part  of a commitment to harness the tools of the humanities and digital technologies to reshape the modern university and democratize public access to archival resources and rewrite history from the ground up.

Saturday, April 6, from 11a.m. to noon
Motor House invites our younger friends (ages 6-12) to groove and swing to the soulful rhythms of jazz with recording artist Candice Hoyes. Children will learn about the artistry of Billie Holiday, along with the use of voice, instruments and storytelling through jazz. This hour-long interactive presentation offers families a creative outlet to explore jazz through storytelling, movement, songs and play.


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April 6, 2019
11:00 am - 9:30 pm


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120 W. North Ave
Baltimore, MD 21201 United States
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