In celebration of her 100th birthday, the Apollo Theater inducts jazz singer Billie Holiday into its Walk of Fame.
At a ceremony on Monday, two-time Grammy winner and jazz vocalist Cassandra Wilson paid tribute to the late songstress who died in 1959. Performances were given by violinist Kersten Stevens and Harlem School of the Arts Choir.
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Son of jazz great and Holiday’s friend and collaborator Lester Young, Dr. Lester W. Young, Jr., managing partner of The Bicycle Music Company and representative of the Estate of Billie Holiday Steven Salm and Legacy Recordings president Adam Block were also in attendance.
The ceremony kicks off a week of events celebrating Holiday including the release of Wilson’s upcoming album, Coming Forth By Day on April 7 and a special concert, “Cassandra Wilson: A Celebration of Billie Holiday,” which will mark Wilson’s first time headlining at the Apollo on April 10.
Holiday performed several times at the Apollo including three appearances that were broadcast on television in the 1950s.