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Soper Reese Theatre hosts The Billie Holiday Project Feb. 8

Stella Heath leads The Billie Holiday Project, which will perform at the Soper Reese Theatre in Lakeport, California, on Saturday, February 8, 2020. Courtesy photo.

LAKEPORT, Calif. – The Billie Holiday Project, led by Stella Heath, celebrates the music of Lady Day at the Soper Reese Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $20 with open seating.

Shrouded in mystery, as she was draped in furs, Holiday was quintessentially multi-faceted, possessing the sensitivity and ability to make the songs she sang as personal as if she was singing them softly in your own very ear.

Featuring some of the Bay Area’s finest Jazz musicians, The Billie Holiday Project evokes the electric and intimate feeling of experiencing Lady Day live in a 1930s jazz club.

Drawing from some of Holiday’s most recorded tunes, such as Blue Moon, Billie’s Blues, God Bless the Child, and Strange Fruit, to name but a few, the Stella Heath band also revives some of the earlier and lesser-known tunes that Holiday interpreted.

During the performance, stories of Holiday’s life and musical artistry are interspersed with the music.

Heath invokes the vocal stylings of Billie Holiday; Neil Fontano, plays piano; Jason Bellenkes, on tenor saxophone and clarinet; Trevor Kinsel, on upright bass and cornet.

Sponsored by Mary Heare Amodio, Karen Weston, and Carol and Steve Shepper.

For tickets go to or to The Travel Center, 825 S. Main, Lakeport, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tickets also sold up to two hours ahead of the show at the theatre box office.

For more information call 707-263-0577. The theatre is located at 275 S. Main St., Lakeport.

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