Billie Holiday, born April 7, 1915, in Baltimore, Md. had a distinctive style, and revolutionized jazz vocals. She was given the name of Lady Day by her close friend and musical partner Lester Young, whom she met during her time with Count Basie. Holiday's trademark was the emotion that came through the interpretations of the songs, many of which were popular standards.
Charles Mingus, born April 22, 1922 in Nogales, Az. was a bassist, pianist, band leader and composer. Mingus said that his music comes from the black church, Duke Ellington, and Art Tatum. He used many talented musicians to interpret his compositions, including, John Handy, Eric Dolphy, Clarence Eugene Shaw, Roland Kirk, Jimmy Knepper, and his long term drummer, Danny Richmand.
These music legends will be honored on their birthdays at www.wkcr.org.