FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
DATE:  April 3, 2008
CONTACT: Lakeisha Randle 832.439.3753 (cell); Sandra Martinez 512.213.8174 (cell); or Cassandra Hinojosa 361.825.2337
   
‘Gardenias in Her Hair’ at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Portrays the Life of Jazz-Singing Legend Billie Holiday

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WHO:   The Department of Communication and Theatre
WHAT: ‘Gardenias in Her Hair: An Evening with Billie Holiday’
WHEN:  Saturday, April 5, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 6, at 2 p.m. - Arrive 30 minutes early for camera set-up.
WHERE: Warren Theatre, Center for the Arts

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Department of Communication and Theatre will present “Gardenias in Her Hair: An Evening with Billie Holiday” Saturday, April 5, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 6, at 2 p.m. in the Warren Theatre, in the Center for the Arts.

Based on the life of jazz-singing legend Billie Holiday, the play will include live jazz music by University students and will recreate experiences through Holiday’s life and her reunion with producer John Hammond, pianist Teddy Wilson and tenor saxophonist Lester Young. The play was written by Corpus Christi resident and author Allen Herkimer and University student Lakeisha Randle, and directed by University student Sandra Martinez.

Born Eleanora Fagan April 7, 1915, Holiday began performing in Harlem nightclubs in 1930 and recorded her first record three years later at age 18. Her career continued through the 1950s until her death on July 17, 1959. In 1972, Diana Ross portrayed Holiday in the “Lady Sings the Blues,” which earned Ross an Oscar nomination for best actress. In 1987, Billie Holiday was posthumously awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.