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Most Influential Jazz Singer, Billie Holiday

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Billie Holiday The Harlem Renaissance was an African American cultural movement specifically in creative arts such as music and literature. Jazz represented the flavor and zest of African American culture in the 1920s-1940s. Billie Holiday had a great impact on the Harlem Renaissance because she was one of the most influential jazz singers of all time. She performed with other great jazz musicians such as Louis Armstrong, Teddy Wilson, Jo Jones, and Henry Allen. Her career as a jazz singer was an incredible and thriving one, however, it was shortened because of her battle of substance abuse. Despite the drug use and the loss of her mother, the only thing she could turn to was her music. Billie Holiday's legacy will always live on when the discussion of the Harlem Renaissance is present. Billie Holiday was born on April 7, 1915 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania under her birth name, Eleanora Fagan. Billie Holiday was an American jazz singer, from the 1930s to the '50s. All her life she lived with her mother because she did not know her biological father. She grew up in Baltimore, Maryland until her mother, Sadie Fagan, decided to move to New York in search of a better job. In New York, Holiday found a job at a Harlem nightclub. This job will encourage her to pursue a career in music and go on tour with other great artists. She borrowed her professional stage name from her favorite screen star, Billie Dove. Holiday's career started off on a good note by performing at jazz
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