Speakers/Chautauqua Catalog

Name Ms. Brenda Hollingsworth-Marley
Email bpstorybird@hotmail.com
Cel Phone 505/307-3328
Address 2000 Patton Road SW
Albuquerque, NM  87105
Biographical Info Brenda Hollingsworth-Marley is a popular vocalist, having appeared at numerous community, church and jazz events. She is also a popular story-telling who has performed in many venues.
Program Title BILLIE HOLIDAY: Singin' the Blues
Character Name Billie Holiday
Program Description The late great Ms. Billie Holiday, also known as "Lady Day," was born to sing her blues in jazzy sultry tones from coast to coast. Billie's personal life was tumultuous and the difficulties of poverty, racial prejudice and a world at war created a complex backdrop for a sadness the "Lady" was unable to overcome. Introduced to Harlem and the Harlem Renaissance in the late 1920’s and the Great Depression in the 1930s, Holiday used her unique singing style to work with Benny Goodman, Teddy Wilson, Bessie Smith and a host of blues and jazz greats of her time. During her career she fought many battles, but her battle with drugs was to overcome her talent and take her life. Known for her rendition of "Strange Fruit" the memory of Billie Holiday has endured through generations of jazz lovers. Brenda Hollingsworth-Marley brings to life Billie's story with a haunting refrain of pain and pleasure ... Ladies and Gentleman please welcome "The Lady."
Series American Icons; Art, Music and Dance
Chautauqua Program Application (Booking) Click here to fill out a funding application for this program »
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