Regardless of what you think of Austin calling itself the “Live Music Capital of the World,” you’ve got to admit it is pretty effective branding. Even people who don’t like music, and who’ve never been here, equate the city with a vibrant scene.
Songwriter, pianist, singer and arranger Nina Simone is as well known for her contributions to music as she is for her activism. Simone’s musical style is a fusion of pop, gospel, blues and classical music. During the civil rights era Simone leveraged her popularity to spread the message of racial equality.
A special Black History Month program, a 1983 interview with Lena Horne, who passed away in 2010. The iconic entertainer discusses her life and career as a singer, actress, dancer and civil rights activist.
O’Day transcended what was socially acceptable as a girl singer in the late 1930s to become an accomplished jazz singer throughout the following decades. Anita O’Day Sings Jazz, her first album, was recorded in 1952. O’Day performed with Louis Armstrong, Dinah Washington, Oscar Peterson, Thelonious Monk, and many others during her career.
Sinatra was responsible for the popularity of the male singer in big band movement. He was able to merge his arts of music and acting. Sinatra has one of the most enduring voices in music, jazz or otherwise.