‘In A Different Mood: Billie Holiday at 100!’ – 30 April

International Jazz Day  30 April in Oxford     

‘In A Different Mood: Billie Holiday at 100!’

“And write the lyrics out too…..

because I won’t remember it…… See, I’ll be in a different mood.”

Billie Holiday

A Phenomenal Woman! Billie Holiday was born on April 7, 1915!

Jazzmo’thology will mark the centenary of her birth with a sumptuous performance to join the global union of artistes and music lovers on International Jazz Day (IJD), Thursday 30 April, in the purpose-built setting of the Edward Boyle Auditorium, Jacqueline du Pré Music Building, St. Hilda’s College, Oxford.

On stage:

Carroll Thompson, vocals

Kate Williams, piano

Jean Toussaint, saxophone

Neville Malcolm, double bass

Winston Clifford, drums


Liberty Gospel Ensemble:

CeCelia Wickham-Anderson, Jacqui Roberts, Andrea Clarke, Wendy Baptiste

The above quintet, oozing finesse, is keenly anticipating their debut to deliver the beauty of songs most closely identified with Lady Day, whose charismatic style is best described as ‘a basically instrumental, hornlike conception of melody’! Opening proceedings will be the acapella quartet, Liberty Gospel Ensemble, a special treat for the audience in the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building ‘continuing its vital role at the heart of the music scene in Oxfordshire and the community’.

And what a magnificent platform for such a union! IJD’s Goodwill Ambassador is none other than the legendary maestro, Herbie Hancock! He writes in context: ‘On International Jazz Day, Jazz is celebrated, studied and performed around the world for 24 hours straight. Collaborations abound among Jazz icons, scholars, composers, musicians, dancers, writers and thinkers who embrace the beauty, spirit and principles of Jazz, freely sharing experiences and performances in our big cities and in our small towns across our seven (7) continents!’

The Edward Boyle Auditorium in the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building will echo to the joy of the unique personal expression of Billie Holiday this forthcoming International Jazz Day! And this centenary expression is extended to also invoke the equallynoble spirit of Trinidadian human rights pioneer and revolutionary, Claudia Jones!

Doors open: 6.30pm

Showtime: 7.15pm

Admission: £22.50 {Student concessions: £10.00. Limited availability!}

For Ticket Enquiries, please Telephone: 01865 305 305

For more details, please contact Ra Hendricks via E-mail: jazzmothology@gmail.com

Ra Hendricks


About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at http://thecroydoncitizen.com. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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