Billie Holiday is categorized as a Jazz singer, yet she is known as the Lady who sings the Blues. Rhode Island’s own Tish Adams has that same kind of dual identity. Many who frequent New England’s live music scene have compared these two vocalists. Perhaps it’s the way both approach phrasing with the sensibilities of a horn player – adventurous enough to explore the possibilities each tune has to offer, while keeping unfailing respect for the path that makes the adventure possible… the melody. Perhaps it’s the way they feel what they sing and can make you feel it too. Perhaps it’s just that they each have hair that waves when pulled back and adorned with a flower.
Another Lady Sings The Blues: Songs of Billie Holiday @ Weaver Library | Monday 2.2.15
In celebration of Black History Month, Tish Adams will share her love of Billie Holiday in “Another Lady Sings The Blues.” The vocalist will be joined by Gino Rosati – guitar, Joe Potenza – bass and one of Tish’s favorite drummers. Those expecting an impersonation will be sorely disappointed. Adams also shares Holiday’s belief that every vocalist should find their own voice. As Lady Day said, “If you copy, it means you’re working without any real feeling” and “If I’m going to sing like someone else, then I don’t need to sing at all.”
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2015 7:00pm
41 Grove Ave, East Providence, Rhode Island 02914