Hello. Good morning stroll...
Billie Holiday Row in Upper Fells Point
Just around the way..
Douglass House Baltimore 🏠✊🏽
Eleanora Fagan (April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959), professionally known as Billie Holiday, was an American jazz musician and singer-songwriterwith a career spanning nearly thirty years. Nicknamed "Lady Day"
Her vocal style, strongly inspired by jazz instrumentalists, pioneered a new way of manipulating phrasing and tempo. She was known for her vocal delivery and improvisational skills, despite her limited range and lack of formal music education.
As a young girl, Billie Holiday spent a considerable amount of her childhood in Baltimore, Maryland. At one point, she lived on the 200 block of S. Durham Street (thought to be at 217 and 219). .
UFPIA received a PNC Transformative Art Grant of $30,000 to create a tribute to Ms. Holiday based on her music and life.
Projects completed are: -- Painted screens on several houses on the block using themes and images from the life and music of Billie Holiday.
-- A mosaic on a large masonry wall by Baltimore artist Joe Rizza
-- Muralists James Eichelberger and Michael Kirby painted murals on the designated walls and Bridget Cimino painted two murals (one at 1813 E Pratt St and at 250 S Durham St - on the back of the Fell’s Point Corner Theatre).
-- Artist Anne Kotleba, along with local children, painted gardenias on various walls (gardenias were worn in Billie Holiday’s hair and became her trademark)
-- Wall plaques
-- Repaving the block with Belgian block inserts