Cassandra Wilson | "Last Song (For Lester)"
One hundred years after she was born, Billie Holiday remains iconic in American music, not to mention jazz singing. Cassandra Wilson has made her career in jazz singing by embracing a wide range of American music, and it holds true on her latest project: a new album rearranging the Billie Holiday songbook. The new Coming Forth By Day, created with rocker Nick Cave's producer and rhythm section, reshapes songs like "Good Morning Heartache" and "Strange Fruit" with fresh textures and resonances. For Billie Holiday's centennial, Jazz Night In America presents Cassandra Wilson in concert at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., performing her take on the classic tunes.
0:59 Last Song for Lester
Cassandra Wilson, Kevin Breit, Charlie Burnham, Jon Cowherd, John Davis, Robby Marshall, Lonnie Plaxico
Producers: Patrick Jarenwattananon, Nick Michael, Suraya Mohamed / Editors: Morgan McCloy, Nick Michael / Concert Video Director: Nick Michael / Concert Camera Operators: Colin Marshall, Morgan McCloy, Maggie Starbard / Additional Video: Colin Marshall, Maggie Starbard / Concert Recording Engineer: Duke Markos / Concert Audio Assistant: John Burke / Audio Engineer: Suraya Mohamed / Concert Audio Mix: Duke Markos / Kennedy Center Staff: Darrell M. Ayers, Kevin A. Struthers, David S. Mozur, Camille Cintrón Devlin, Nico Sarbanes, Peggy Dahlquist, Martha Mountain / Special Thanks: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts / Executive Producer: Anya Grundmann