David McAlmont presents Billie Holiday at Carnegie Hall

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Inspired by the legendary 1956 concert at which Billie’s music was accompanied by extracts from her autobiography ‘Lady Sings The Blues’, David McAlmont gives his unique interpretations of the Lady Day catalogue while quoting from her extraodinary life story, with a band led by pianist / MD Alex Webb. Like the Carnegie concert, the show includes many of the most well-known Holiday songs, ranging from the optimism of her 1930s work through her 1940s Torch songs to her self-penned classics 'Don’t Explain and Lady Sings The Blues' – and many more. Alex Webb leads the accompanying band featuring Sue Richardson (trumpet), Denys Baptiste (tenor & clarinet), Flo Moore and Sophie Alloway (drums). 

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Inspired by the legendary 1956 concert at which Billie’s music was accompanied by extracts from her autobiography ‘Lady Sings The Blues’, David McAlmont gives his unique interpretations of the Lady Day catalogue while quoting from her extraordinary life story, with a band led by pianist / MD Alex Web

The show includes many of the most well-known Holiday songs, ranging – as did the Carnegie Hall concert – from the optimism of her 1930s work(What A Little Moonlight Can Do, Fine And Mellow) through her 1940s Torch songs (My Man, I Cover The Waterfront) to her self-penned classicsDon’t Explain and Lady Sings The Blues – and many more

Singer and songwriter David McAlmont, best-known for his collaborations with ex-Suede guitarist Bernard Butler, has long had an interest in jazz, performing at a John Coltrane tribute concert at the Barbican and in 2004 releasing Set One: You Go To My Head, a collection of Cassandra Wilson and Betty Carter-inspired standards.  He has also recorded with Courtney Pine, Michael Nyman and David Arnold.  In 2016 he recorded the Alex Webb composition Me And My Crazy Ideas for the album Call Me Lucky by Alex Webb and the Copasetics.  

Band Lineup

David McAlmont (vocals)

Alex Webb (piano, MD)

Sue Richardson (trumpet)

Denys Baptiste  (tenor, clarinet)

Flo Moore and Sophie Alloway (drums)

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