When Stuart Nicholson’s biography of Billie Holiday was published in the
USA it was nominated a "Notable Book of the Year" by The New York Times Review
of Books and praised by Pulitzer Prize winner for Music, composer Ned Norem, for
its musical insights. Here, prompted by the release of Verve’s Billie Holiday:
The Complete Verve Studio Master Takes, Nicholson reflects on the enduring
artistry of the singer they called Lady Day, talks about how he discovered some
of the previously unknown facts he discovered researching her life and discusses
the sensational conclusion he came to after his book was published.
‘With the passing of Shirley Horn, who was born in 1934, an era ended.
She was the last in line of jazz’s great female vocalists from its Golden Era’,
says Stuart Nicholson. In a previously unpublished interview he made with her in
Paris he pays tribute to Shirley Horn and looks back on her career and recorded