Welcome to Spring, which also means, children of the revolution, it is also time for International Jazz Day!
I knew I wanted to feature at least one woman, possible a group of women, this year. What made me choose the legendary Billie Holiday was a book my husband Travis gave me for my birthday last November: Billie Holiday: The Musician and the Myth by John Szwed (Viking 2015 hardcover; Penguin 2016 paperback ISBN-13: 9780143107965), an excellent book that attempts to set the record straight from tireless half-truths about the woman called Lady Day.
What cemented it were the two recent films, both currently playing on Hulu, about her: Billie, a 2019 documentary, and of course The United States vs. Billie Holiday, the new Lee Daniels film.
What I wanted to focus on was her as a musician first, which gave me the idea to modify the original William Gottlieb photo this was derived from in 1947 and make Holiday literally front and center.
If you are wondering why a primarily red poster, it is because my previous five posters for my Int’l Jazz Day events barely featured this color at all. It is a great many effects and layers using three programs: Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign.
The poster can be printed at most copy shops for around $1.50 USD each. Click on the image to open the PDF file.
Don’t forget: International Jazz Day is Friday, April 30th. Visit JazzDay.com or use the hashtag #JazzDay for more information and loads of other free events. Check back here on this site or at aceofspadespdx.com for my program, which can be streamed or downloaded at any time after launching it late in the evening on April 29th.
Love to you all.
Ben “Daddy Ben Bear” Brown Jr.