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In 1932 she spontaneously auditioned for a singing job and was hired. For the next few years she sang in a succession of Harlem clubs until her career received a boost from impresario John Hammond, who induced Benny Goodman to use her on a record in 1933 5 . After being recognized for her astonishing talent in singing she was able to find many gigs singing in multiple clubs in Harlem, where she eventually stumbled upon John Hammond, who helped boost her musical career. In 1932, Billie produced her first recording with Benny Goodman which was followed by the production of more recordings between 1935 and 1939 under the direction of Teddy Wilson. The introduction of these recordings established Billie’s international reputation because her music revolutionized jazz. Her bluesy vocal style brought a slow and rough quality to the jazz standards that were often upbeat and light. This combination made for poignant and distinctive renditions of songs that were already standards. By slowing the tone with 3 "Billie Holiday." Contemporary Black Biography . Vol. 1. Detroit: Gale, 2008. Gale U.S. History In Context . Web. 6 Dec. 2012. 4 "Billie Holiday." 5 "Billie Holiday." Encyclopedia of World Biography . Detroit: Gale, 2008. Gale U.S. History In Context . Web. 6 Dec. 2012.
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emotive vocals that reset the timing and rhythm, she added a new dimension to jazz singing 6 . While under the direction of Teddy Wilson, Billie was able to collaborate with many other great jazz musicians at the time such as Duke Ellington and Ben Webster. She also became a lead vocalist for big bands such as Count Basie and Artie Shaw. In 1937 during her collaboration with Count Basie she built such a strong relationship with saxophonist Lester Young that they became great friends for the rest of their lives and were outstanding musical collaborators. He named her "Lady Day," and that title (or simply "Lady") became her jazz world sobriquet from the mid-1930s on; she in turn labeled him "Pres" (the "President of Tenor Saxophonists") 7 . The relationship between Billie and Lester was so strong that they both ended up giving each other the titles they would be greatly recognized by. "This Year's Kisses," "He's Funny That Way," "A Sailboat in the Moonlight," "Me, Myself and I," "Mean to Me" were some of the results of the perfect collaboration between Lester and Billie that expressed their unique styles. Though aimed mainly at the black jukebox audience, the recordings caught the attention of musicians throughout America and soon other singers were working in Holiday’s light, rhythmic manner 8 . Billie’s style of jazz singing was incomparable to any other musician that it became famous throughout America and also inspired other singers to use a similar manner as hers.
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