EASY LIVING: DAN MORGENSTERN RECALLS BILLIE HOLIDAY (Dec. 10, 2019)

Much of what I read about Billie Holiday strikes me as morbidly unhealthy: the fascination with her drug addiction, her abusive men.  I can’t pretend that those aspects of her life did not exist, but I was thrilled to ask Dan Morgenstern, now ninety, to recall the Lady — and to have him share warm, personal stories.

First, a musical interlude:

Now, here’s Dan, at his Upper West Side apartment: the subject, Lady Day as she was in real life, with anecdotes about Martha Raye, Tommy Flanagan, Lester Young, Zutty Singleton as well:

and the second part — more about Billie, with anecdotes about George Wein, Lester Young, Budd Johnson, Paul Quinichette, Chuck Israels, John Simmons, and Benny Goodman:

Thank you, Dan!  And there are more beautiful stories to come.

May your happiness increase!

4 responses to “EASY LIVING: DAN MORGENSTERN RECALLS BILLIE HOLIDAY (Dec. 10, 2019)

  1. Michael,
    Thank you for sharing these gems! I look forward to receiving my JAZZ LIVES emails. They truly increase my happiness! All the best for the holiday season!

  2. Mitchell Lieber

    Thanks for this, both to you and Dan Morganstern. In the last clip, at 2:30, Dan Morganstern, tells the story of the apartment that Billie and her last husband occupied in NY, and mentions her friend, Maely Dufty. A historical note. Maely Dufty’s then husband, Bill Dufty, wrote Lady Sings the Blues with Billie.

  3. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful.

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