Billie Holiday, Anita O’Day, Lena Horne, Peggy Lee, Jo Stafford, Rosemary Clooney, Ella Fitzgerald, and others.
Early in their careers, they were “canaries” -- women singing with the great Big Bands of Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, Gene Krupa, Benny Goodman, and others.
But these women were birds of a feather in more ways than one.
They didn’t let bandleaders define them and they all went on to soloist careers.
Now California-based music nonprofit, Jazz at the Ballroom, is presenting “Flying High: Big Band Canaries Who Soared,” to share the music of these trailblazing women.
It's a revue of the music made famous by jazz canaries once they spread their wings.!