Though Billie Holiday died in 1959 pretty much in disgrace (she was technically under arrest as she lay dying in a New York hospital), her legacy as a jazz performer lives on thanks to countless reissues of her recordings and tributes from many contemporary jazz artists influenced by her work. Even though she has been gone for more than half a century, her unique delivery of tunes like “I’m a Fool to Want You,” “God Bless The Child” and “Lady Sings The Blues” are testament of the great talent taken away from us too soon. Incidentally, her recording of “I’m a Fool To Want You” was recently used as the backdrop for a Chanel commercial featuring French actress Audrey Tautou and Brazilian actor Rodrigo Santoro.
Among Holiday’s many famous fans is actress and singer Dee Dee Bridgewater, who played Lady Day in a 1980s play and won a 2010 Grammy award for her tribute disc “Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959): To Billie with Love from Dee Dee.” She will be revisiting the music from that album in a performance that features Craig Handy (saxophone), Edsel Gomez (piano), Kenny Davis (bass) and Lewis Nash (drums).
Also on the bill for the evening is a trio led by guitarist Russell Malone, who has recently released his new album “Triple Play.” Rounding out the group are Tassili Bond (bass) and Darrell Green (drums). (Ernest Barteldes)
January 13 at Symphony Center, 220 South Michigan, (312)294-3000. $26-$86.