Repertoire Ideas (Part 1)

Valerie Capers - Billie’s Song (No. 7 from Portraits in Jazz)

Valerie Capers composed Billie’s Song as a tribute to the great jazz singer, Billie Holiday. This beautiful ballad is featured in the Grade 4 list from the ABRSM 2023 & 2024 examination syllabus and can serve as a great introduction to the world of jazz. Capers uses lush, extended harmonies to accompany a lyrical melody to project, as she says, the "special warmth and intensity" of "the great lady of song."


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