The Apollo Theater celebrated its jazz legacy and the centennial birthday of Billie Holiday by inducting the legendary songstress into the Apollo Walk of Fame. The event, presented in collaboration with Live Entertainment, included performances by violinist Kersten Stevens and Harlem School of the Arts Choir; photo ops with Apollo president and CEO Jonelle Procope, two time Grammy winner and jazz vocalist Cassandra Wilson, son of Jazz great and Billie Holiday’s friend and collaborator Lester Young Dr. Lester W. Young, Jr. , managing partner of The Bicycle Music Company and representative of the Estate of Billie Holiday Steven Salm, and Legacy Recordings president Adam Block.
The ceremony also kicked off a week of events celebrating the late songstress include the release of Cassandra Wilson’s upcoming Legacy Recordings release, Coming Forth By Day (April 7th) and a special concert, Cassandra Wilson: A Celebration of Billie Holiday, which will mark Wilson’s first time headlining the Apollo (April 10th).
WHO: Jonelle Procope, Apollo President and CEO
Cassandra Wilson, Grammy Winning Jazz Vocalist
Dr. Lester W. Young Jr., son of Jazz great and Billie Holiday’s friend and collaborator Lester Young
Steven Salm, managing partner of The Bicycle Music Company and representative of the Estate of Billie Holiday
Adam Block, Legacy Recordings president
Kersten Stevens, Violinist
Harlem School of the Arts Choir
WHERE: The Apollo Theater – 253 West 125th Street – New York, NY