Pauline Black, well known singer, actress and presenter, revisits her roots as she takes you on a unique interpretative journey of the music of Billie Holiday and Nina Simone, backed by the 'blue jazz trio' (keyboards, bass and drums)
As a young black woman growing up in Britain with no visible aspirational role models, she turned to these iconic jazz figures as the source of pride that led her to embrace the stage as a performer herself. Since then she has successfully fronted legendary 2-tone band The Selecter, acted on film, TV and stage, where most notably, she played the part of Billie Holiday at the Tricycle Theatre in London, for which she won the Time Out London award for her excellent portrayal.
Nina Simone continues to be a source of inspiration for her new songwriting material. Her last album ‘Requiem for a Black Soul’ was dedicated to Ms. Simone.
Through The Glass Darkly Tour Dates
'Pauline Black is sensational as Billie Holiday' Joan Bakewell
'Pauline Black is radiant as the tragic blues singer, Billie Holiday .The Independent
'Pauline Black cuts any number of attractive and elegant figures...she envisages Holiday as a resilient and inscrutable enigma' Nicholas de Jongh, The Guardian
'Miss Black brings her own intensity to Strange Fruit, a song about the lynching of black men in the southern states of America and offers a bright eyed vulnerability with the title song 'All or Nothing At All' London Evening Standard
'Pauline Black has the translucent beauty of Holiday and sings wonderfully' Michael Coveney, Financial Times,
'Miss Black can reproduce Holiday's cadences, the sudden piercing sweet vowels and intricate twists of the melodic line, but that -most memorably in 'Don't Explain' and 'Strange Fruit'- she also voices the personal sub-text...' Irving Wardle, The Times
'As Holiday, Pauline Black projects genuine star quality..interprets the songs with sensitivity and swing' Paul Taylor, The Sunday Times
SET LIST..... 2 X 60 MINUTE SETS and encore
1. Ain't Got No..I Got Life (Nina Simone)
2. The Very Thought Of You (Billie Holiday)
3. Four Women (Nina Simone)
4. Lover Man (Billie Holiday)
5. Young Gifted & Black (Nina Simone)
6. Fine & Mellow (Billie Holiday) 7. Love Me or Leave Me (Nina Simone) 8. Good Morning Heartache (Billie Holiday) 9. I Love You Porgy (Nina Simone) 10,You Go To My Head (Billie Holiday) 11.Fodder On Her Wings (Nina Simone) 12.Gloomy Sunday (Billie Holiday) 13.Mississippi Goddamn (Nina Simone) 14.Strange Fruit (Billie Holiday) 15.Little Girl Blue (Nina Simone) 16.Don't Explain (Billie Holiday) 17.My Baby Just Cares For Me (Nina Simone) 18.Willow Weep For Me (Billie Holiday) 19.Love Me or Leave Me (Nina Simone) 20.God Bless The Child (Billie Holiday)
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